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Sylvan Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sylvan 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 Sylvan 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 Sylvan 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 Sylvan 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 Sylvan Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Sylvan 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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sylvan Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sylvan Springs, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sylvan Springs.

Cemeteries Near Sylvan Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Toadvine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dug Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Adams 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 Sylvan Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sylvan Springs.

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

Short Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sylvan Springs
 - Short Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Sylvan Springs
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sylvan Springs
 - Collins had railroad service and no post office
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sylvan Springs
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sylvan Springs
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sylvan Springs
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Toadvine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sylvan Springs
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Toadvine had a post office and no railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Sylvan Springs
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
Ezra   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sylvan Springs
 - Ezra 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 Sylvan Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sylvan 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 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.

Sylvan Springs is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Sylvan Springs)
      Maytown   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Concord   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Minor   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Docena   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sylvan Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sylvan Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sylvan Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5286, Longitude: -87.0312     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sylvan 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 Sylvan Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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