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Gum Springs, Alabama
(Blount County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gum 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 Gum 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 Gum 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 Gum 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 Gum Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Gum Springs: Gum Spgs. (or less commonly used: Gum Spngs. or Gum Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Gum 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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gum Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gum Springs, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gum Springs.

Cemeteries Near Gum Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gum 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 Gum Springs covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Curl Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Blountsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem East Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Garden City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Guinns Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fowler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duck River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Welti Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Laodicea Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Daileys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Tedder Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graves Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown - Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chitwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holly Pond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pfiel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel 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 Gum Springs had a population of 60 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Joy   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gum Springs
 - Joy had a post office and no railroad service
Blountsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gum Springs
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 1,694 people in 2016)
 - Blountsville had a post office and no railroad service
Walter   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Gum Springs
 - Walter had a post office and no railroad service
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gum Springs
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 498 people in 2016)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Cleveland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gum Springs
 - Cleveland had a post office and no railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gum Springs
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor had a post office and railroad service
Holly Pond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gum Springs
 - Holly Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Royal   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Gum Springs
 - Royal had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Gum Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gum 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

Gum Springs is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Gum Springs)
      Blountsville   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Steele   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Gum Springs, see our County-by-County Page for Gum 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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that 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 Gum 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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Gum Springs came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Gum 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 Gum 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 Gum Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Gum Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Gum Springs for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Gum Springs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gum 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 Gum Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gum Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gum Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0487, Longitude: -86.6639     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gum 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 Gum Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gum Springs.