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Willow Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Willow 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 Willow 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 Willow 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 Willow 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 Willow Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Willow 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 140 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willow Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Willow Springs, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Willow Springs.

Cemeteries Near Willow Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goodhope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haggerty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Bingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Wescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Eastwood Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Augusta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wares Quarter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Wetumpka City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Faith Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Billingslea Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine View Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Larkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glenn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rives Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Remount Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Flora Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pinkston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Peter Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tunnell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ashurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gilder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Meigs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hickory Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dawson Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bachelor Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Wetumpka Church of God Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mt. Hebron West Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Thelma Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Coosada Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Strahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Warren 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 Willow Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Willow Springs.

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

Wetumpka   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 619 people (with 8,219 people in 2016)
 - Wetumpka had a post office and railroad service
Jackson's Lake   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Willow Springs
 - Jackson's Lake had railroad service and no post office
Mount Meigs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 139 people
 - Mount Meigs had a post office and railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 21,883 people (with 200,022 people in 2016)
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
Elmore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 1,307 people in 2016)
 - Elmore had a post office and railroad service
Barachias   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Barachias had a post office and no railroad service
Robinson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Robinson Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Perry's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Willow Springs
 - Perry's Mill had railroad service and no post office

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

Willow Springs is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

Elmore     (The home county for Willow Springs)
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Wetumpka   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Willow 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 Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community in Alabama

About Elmore County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Elmore County: www.elmoreco.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willow Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4682, Longitude: -86.1897     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willow 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 Willow Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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