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Cook's Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cook's Springs ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Cook's Springs (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Cook's Springs. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Cook's Springs ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Cook's Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cook's Springs: Cooks Spgs. (or less commonly used: Cooks Spngs. or Cooks Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Cook's Springs ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cook's Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cook's Springs, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cook's Springs.

Cemeteries Near Cook's Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cook's Springs.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Cook's Springs covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Boykin Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Karr Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Valley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Low Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Clair Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Macedonia North Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robert Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Seddon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Argo Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Cook's Springs had a post office and railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Cook's Springs, with the one closest to Cook's Springs listed first.

Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Cook's Springs
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Wolf Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Eden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Cook's Springs
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Eden had a post office and railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Cook's Springs
 - Brompton had a post office and railroad service
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Cook's Springs
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Odenville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Cook's Springs
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 3,743 people in 2016)
 - Odenville had a post office and no railroad service
Pell City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Cook's Springs
 - Pell City had a post office and railroad service
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cook's Springs
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
Branchville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Cook's Springs
 - 1895 population of 65 people (with 825 people in 2000)
 - Branchville had a post office and no railroad service
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cook's Springs
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Cook's Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cook's Springs in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Cook's Springs is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

Below are the counties that are near Cook's Springs. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Cook's Springs:

Saint Clair     (The home county for Cook's Springs)
      Moody   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Cook's Springs, see our County-by-County Page for Cook's Springs.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Cook's Springs:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cook's Springs ...

While our initial data for Cook's Springs came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Cook's Springs in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Cook's Springs.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Cook's Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Cook's Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Cook's Springs for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cook's Springs. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Saint Clair County: www.stclairco.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Cook's Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cook's Springs) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cook's Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cook's Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cook's Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5901, Longitude: -86.3944     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cook's Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Cook's Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cook's Springs.