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Boiling Springs, North Carolina
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Our Genealogical Helper for Boiling Springs ...

Although we found mention of Boiling Springs during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Boiling Springs was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Boiling 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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boiling Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boiling Springs, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boiling Springs.

Cemeteries Near Boiling Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bryson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Unaka Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Hiwassee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Timpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ferguson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mc Guire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Valley River Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Haigler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rose 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 Boiling Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Boiling Springs.

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

Tomotla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boiling Springs
 - Tomotla had a post office and no railroad service
Marble   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Boiling Springs
 - Marble had a post office and no railroad service
Coalville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Boiling Springs
 - Coalville had a post office and no railroad service
Grape Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Boiling Springs
 - Grape Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Murphy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Boiling Springs
 - 1895 population of 803 people (with 1,645 people in 2016)
 - Murphy had a post office and railroad service
Unaka   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Boiling Springs
 - Unaka had a post office and no railroad service
Ogreeta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Boiling Springs
 - Ogreeta had a post office and no railroad service
Peachtree   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boiling Springs
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Peachtree had a post office and no railroad service
Andrews   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Boiling Springs
 - Andrews 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 Boiling Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boiling 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.

Boiling Springs is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Fannin (GA), Union (GA), Clay, Graham, Macon, Monroe (TN) & Polk (TN).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Boiling Springs)
      Marble   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Murphy   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hiwassee Village   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Andrews   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rhodo   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Topton   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Culberson   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burger Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brasstown   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Log Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hayesville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Warne   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake Santeetlah   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Robbinsville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cheoah   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fontana Dam   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Whittier   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Otto   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Forneys Creek   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bryson City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Fannin (GA)
      Pantertown (GA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McCaysville (GA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mineral Bluff (GA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morganton (GA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Epworth (GA)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Ridge (GA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chestnut Gap (GA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Margret (GA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Gilmer (GA)
      Cherry Log (GA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Rabun (GA)
      Dillard (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain City (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Towns (GA)
      Young Harris (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jacksonville (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hiawassee (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tate City (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Union (GA)
      Bethlehem (GA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blairsville (GA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Suches (GA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
White (GA)
      Robertstown (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helen (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nacoochee (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Blount (TN)
      Happy Valley (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Walnut Hill Estates (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Bank (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Binfield (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairway Estates (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Townsend (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Big Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chelsey Village (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McMullens (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Miller Cove (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Maryville (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Walland (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Friendsville (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Loudon (TN)
      Greenback (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jena (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alleghany (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centersville (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Philadelphia (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
McMinn (TN)
      Englewood (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Etowah (TN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodsprings (TN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bell Spring (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Athens (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Niota (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Riceville (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (TN)
      Coker Creek (TN)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jacktown (TN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Tellico Plains (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ballplay (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Halfway Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuskeegee (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Madisonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vonore (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sweetwater (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (TN)
      Belltown Hill (TN)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chanceytown (TN)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ducktown (TN)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Copperhill (TN)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Delano (TN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Benton (TN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chestuee (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ball Play (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Sevier (TN)
      Elkmont (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

These websites are specific to North Carolina:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the State Archives of North Carolina

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of North Carolina to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Graham County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Swain County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fannin County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rabun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Towns County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Union County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Blount County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudon County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McMinn County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sevier County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for North Carolina:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of North Carolina,     of Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for North Carolina
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for North Carolina
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of North Carolina,     of Cherokee 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 North Carolina
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in North Carolina

About Cherokee County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Cherokee County: www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/

The official website for State of North Carolina: www.ncgov.com/

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Boiling Springs and then turned west". While Boiling Springs could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Boiling Springs as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Boiling Springs could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Just in case there has been confusion between counties, we found that there are two North Carolina communities named Boiling Springs: This one is located in Cherokee County and the other is located in Cleveland County. For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Boiling Springs.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Boiling Springs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Boiling 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 Boiling Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Boiling Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boiling Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2059, Longitude: -84.0096     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boiling Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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