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Lois Spring, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Lois Spring ...

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 Lois Spring (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 Lois Spring. 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 Lois Spring ...

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 Lois Spring.

  • Typical abbreviation for Lois Spring: Lois Spg. (or less commonly used: Lois Spng. or Lois Sprng.)

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 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.

Lois Spring is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Lois Spring)
  Carrollton   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Beaver Town   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  McMullen   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Aliceville   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pickensville   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  McShan   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Reform   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gordo   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Memphis   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ethelsville   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Macedonia   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Stafford   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ashcraft Corner   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Belk   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rossland City   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Berry   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  West Greene   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eutaw   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lizzieville   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Boligee   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oak Village   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Akron   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Moundville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sawyerville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Phipps - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Millport   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kennedy   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hightogy   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Vernon   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Panola   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Geiger   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gainesville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bethel - Historic   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Emelle   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Epes   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sledge - Historic   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elrod   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Buhl   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Echola   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ralph   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Coker   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Foster's   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Northport   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ingleside Village   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lake Front Village   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sahama Village   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tuscaloosa   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Samantha   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alberta City   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Clay (MS)
  Vinton (MS)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Kemper (MS)
  Scooba (MS)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lowndes (MS)
  New Hope (MS)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Columbus (MS)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Crawford (MS)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Caledonia (MS)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Artesia (MS)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Monroe (MS)
  Hamilton (MS)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Noxubee (MS)
  Brooksville (MS)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Macon (MS)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mashulaville (MS)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lois Spring ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lois Spring.

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 Lois Spring covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mt. Sinal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carrollton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Windle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cockrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Hebron Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Franconia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hopewell Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Aliceville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW New Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glen Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Miller Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blubber Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gardner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Possum Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Browns Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Hill Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Upper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lower Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bigbee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lois Spring ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lois Spring.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lois Spring, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lois Spring.

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 Lois Spring in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lois Spring.

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

Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Lois Spring
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg had a post office and no railroad service
Olney   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lois Spring
 - Olney had a post office and no railroad service
Garden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lois Spring
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Garden had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lois Spring
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Bridgeville had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Lois Spring
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Benevola   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lois Spring
 - Benevola had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Lois Spring
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lois Spring
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,566 people in 2018)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Lois Spring
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lois Spring
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,624 people in 2018)
 - Gordo 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 Lois Spring. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lois Spring in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Lois Spring:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Lamar County:     Cyndi's



Sumter County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Clay County (MS):     Cyndi's



Kemper County (MS):     Cyndi's



Lowndes County (MS):     Cyndi's



Monroe County (MS):     Cyndi's



Noxubee County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Pickens County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Pickens 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lois Spring. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2307, Longitude: -88.0939     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lois Spring 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>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 Lois Spring, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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