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Tunnel Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Tunnel 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 Tunnel 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 Tunnel 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 Tunnel 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 Tunnel Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Tunnel 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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tunnel Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tunnel Springs, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tunnel Springs.

Cemeteries Near Tunnel Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Old Scotland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rumbley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ramah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Orchard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Puryearville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lone Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turnbull Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Savannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pineville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pineville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Red Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE John Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bryant - Deer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Basidonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Limestone Faulk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Turkestan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Buena Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW York Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Peter 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 Tunnel Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Tunnel Springs.

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

Lovan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lovan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Tunnel Springs
 - Lovan had a post office and no railroad service
Natchez   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Tunnel Springs
 - Natchez had a post office and no railroad service
Axle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tunnel Springs
 - Axle had a post office and no railroad service
River Ridge - Historic   [Map]
 - While River Ridge was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Tunnel Springs
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - River Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Burnt Corn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tunnel Springs
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Burnt Corn had a post office and no railroad service
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tunnel Springs
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
Turnbull   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tunnel Springs
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Turnbull had a post office and no railroad service
Riley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tunnel Springs
 - Riley had a post office and no railroad service
Monroeville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Tunnel Springs
 - 1895 population of 140 people (with 6,072 people in 2016)
 - Monroeville 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 Tunnel Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tunnel 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Tunnel Springs is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

Monroe     (The home county for Tunnel Springs)
      Peterman   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Excel   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Repton   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Range   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Tunnel 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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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The Communities of Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Tunnel 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 starting from Tunnel Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Tunnel Springs) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tunnel Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6424, Longitude: -87.2401     [Map].

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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 Tunnel Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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