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Ligon Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ligon 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 Ligon 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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Ligon 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 Ligon 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 Ligon Springs.

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

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 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 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.

Ligon Springs is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Ligon Springs)
  Littleville   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Spring Valley   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Tuscumbia   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Muscle Shoals   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gatesville - Historic   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Nitrate City   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Denton - Historic   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wilson Dam   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Russellville   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Belgreen   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Churntown   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spruce Pine   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Phil Campbell   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Burntout   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hodges   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Vina   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Red Bay   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Canaan - Historic   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cypress Creek   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Green Tree - Historic   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Florence   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  McGee Town   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Saint Florian   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Killen   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Beach Grove   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Belleview - Historic   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Arnot   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cloverdale   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Atlas - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mehama - Historic   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Avoca - Historic   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hatton   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Town Creek   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Muck City   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Courtland   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  North Courtland   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wren   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chalybeate Springs   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bear Creek   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hackleburg   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brilliant   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Twin   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Trinity   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Danville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Moulton Heights   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pebble   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Prebble - Historic   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Littleville   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Haleyville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Boar Tush   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ashridge   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Delmar   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grayson   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Glen Mary   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Natural Bridge   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Double Springs   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lynn   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Addison   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Itawamba (MS)
  Oakland (MS)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tremont (MS)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
  Golden (MS)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Belmont (MS)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dennis (MS)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Iuka (MS)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Paden (MS)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Burnsville (MS)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
  Iron City (TN)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Loretto (TN)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (TN)
  Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Collinwood (TN)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lutts (TN)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ligon Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ligon 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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Ligon Springs covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duncan Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Friendship MB Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
  SSE Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant UMC Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  SE Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ligon 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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ligon Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ligon Springs, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ligon Springs.

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.<5>

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

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

Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Ligon Springs
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Ligon Springs
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,650 people in 2018)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ligon Springs
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ligon Springs
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ligon Springs
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ligon Springs
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ligon Springs
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Ligon Springs
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,407 people in 2018)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ligon Springs
 - Rockwood 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 Ligon Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ligon Springs in the 1890's.

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 and 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 - 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 Ligon Springs:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County:     Cyndi's



Lawrence County:     Cyndi's



Limestone County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Winston County:     Cyndi's



Itawamba County (MS):     Cyndi's



Tishomingo County (MS):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (TN):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (TN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Colbert 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ligon Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5904, Longitude: -87.7161     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ligon 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:

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<3>MB is an abbreviation for the Missionary Baptists. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the Missionary Baptists. See their website at: Missionary Baptist Churches website.

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<4>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the United Methodist Church. See their website at: United Methodist Church website.

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<5>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 Ligon Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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