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Rock Spring, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Rock 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 Rock 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 Rock 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 Rock 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 Rock Spring.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rock Spring: Rock Spg. (or less commonly used: Rock Spng. or Rock 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Rock Spring is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Rock Spring)
  Glencoe   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Cobb City   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Hokes Bluff   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Pilgrims Rest   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Southside   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Rainbow City   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Banner   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Straight Mountain   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Highland Lake   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Snead   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Craig   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Allgood   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Angel   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Blue Springs   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Booker T City   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Leesburg   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Spring Garden   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Centre   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sand Rock   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rock Run   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grantville - Historic   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Elder   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Delta   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Abel   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fruithurst   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hollis Crossroads   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Arbacoochee   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Muscadine   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Micaville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lickskillet   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Chigger Hill   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Horton   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Avondale Village   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Glen City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pell City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cropwell   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Munford   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Colony   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Windsong Island   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Talladega   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Waldo   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
  Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Felton (GA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Budapest (GA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
  Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cedartown (GA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rock Spring ...

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Seven Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Patterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rock 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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Spring.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock Spring, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rock 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 Rock Spring in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rock Spring.

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

Laney   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Rock Spring
 - Laney had a post office and railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rock Spring
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,269 people in 2017)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Rock Spring
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke had a post office and railroad service
Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rock Spring
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Colvins Gap   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Rock Spring
 - Colvins Gap had a post office and no railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rock Spring
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Markton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rock Spring
 - Markton had a post office and no railroad service
Peek's Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peek's Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rock Spring
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Peek's Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Hebron - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hebron was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rock Spring
 - Hebron had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Rock Spring. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Spring in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Rock 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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Floyd County (GA):     Cyndi's



Haralson County (GA):     Cyndi's



Polk County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah 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- Rock Spring) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Spring. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9368, Longitude: -85.9105     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock 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 Rock Spring, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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