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Poplar Springs, Alabama
(Winston County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Poplar 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 Poplar 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 Poplar 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 Poplar 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 Poplar Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Poplar 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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Poplar Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Poplar Springs, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Poplar Springs.

Cemeteries Near Poplar Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Wint Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Poplar Springs Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Old Union Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelly Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Tucky Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rocky Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bethel Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kaeiser Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Ashbank Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ashbank Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Hermon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E J A Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Avery Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fergerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Ebron Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson - Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gaddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Corinth Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Ingle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ingle & Wakefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gaddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blooming Youth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Milestone Mountain Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Millstone Mountain Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Double Springs Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis #1 Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lynn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dodd Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Edgil Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Taylor - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill #1 Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McClinton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shipman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lovett - West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Omega Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E John Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arley First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arley United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burdick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Littles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Houston Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shadix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shady Grove Church 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>

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

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

Ashbank   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Poplar Springs
 - Ashbank had a post office and no railroad service
Nauvoo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Poplar Springs
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 211 people in 2016)
 - Nauvoo had a post office and no railroad service
Prospect   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Poplar Springs
 - Prospect had a post office and no railroad service
Double Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Poplar Springs
 - Double Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Poplar Springs
 - Saragossa had a post office and railroad service
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Poplar Springs
 - Edgil had a post office and no railroad service
Lynn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Poplar Springs
 - Lynn had a post office and railroad service
Houston   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Poplar Springs
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Houston 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 Poplar Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Poplar 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 southeast 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 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.

Poplar Springs is located in Winston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winston County: Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion & Walker.

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

Winston     (The home county for Poplar Springs)
      Falls City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Logan   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Media   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Guin   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Townley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Poplar 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 Winston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Winston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Poplar Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0326, Longitude: -87.3961     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Poplar 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 Poplar Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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