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Newsome Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Newsome 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 Newsome 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 Newsome 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 Newsome 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 Newsome Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Newsome 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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Newsome Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Newsome Springs, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Newsome Springs.

Cemeteries Near Newsome Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCaig Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blue Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sally Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tompkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  E County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson 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 Newsome Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Newsome Springs.

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

Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Newsome Springs
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Mills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mountain Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Newsome Springs
 - Mountain Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Newsome Springs
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Newsome Springs
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Newsome Springs
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Newsome Springs
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Smithsonia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Newsome Springs
 - Smithsonia had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Newsome Springs
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site 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 Newsome Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Newsome 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Newsome 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 Newsome Springs. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Newsome Springs:

Colbert     (The home county for Newsome Springs)
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Newsome Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Newsome Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Newsome Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6479, Longitude: -87.9056     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Newsome 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 Newsome Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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