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Holly Springs, Alabama
(Calhoun County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Holly 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 Holly 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 Holly 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 Holly 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 Holly Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Holly 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 83 newspapers that have been published in the area around Holly Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Holly Springs, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Holly Springs.

Cemeteries Near Holly Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Oconee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Oxford Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Davistown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Iron City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Westview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Heflin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion 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.<3>

While we didn't find Holly Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Holly Springs.

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

De Armanville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Holly Springs
 - 1895 population of 160 people
 - De Armanville had a post office and railroad service
Choccolocco   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Holly Springs
 - 1895 population of 601 people
 - Choccolocco had a post office and railroad service
Anniston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Holly Springs
 - 1895 population of 9,998 people (with 22,112 people in 2016)
 - Anniston had a post office and railroad service
Oxanna   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Holly Springs
 - 1895 population of 748 people
 - Oxanna had a post office and railroad service
Iron City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Holly Springs
 - Iron City had a post office and no railroad service
Blue Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Holly Springs
 - Blue Mountain had railroad service and no post office
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Holly Springs
 - 1895 population of 1,473 people (with 21,120 people in 2016)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service
Abel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Holly Springs
 - Abel had a post office and no railroad service
White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Holly Springs
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Belltown   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Holly Springs
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Belltown 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 Holly Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Holly 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Holly Springs is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Holly Springs)
      De Armanville   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Choccolocco   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 it should be mentioned 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 Holly 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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

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 stretches from Holly Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Holly Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holly Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6523, Longitude: -85.7514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holly Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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<3>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 Holly Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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