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Our Genealogical Helper for Bear Creek ...

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 Bear Creek (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 Bear Creek. 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 Bear Creek ...

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 Bear Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bear Creek: Bear Crk. (or less commonly used: Bear Ck. or Bear Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Bear Creek ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bear Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bear Creek, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bear Creek.

Cemeteries Near Bear Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bear Creek.

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 Bear Creek covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Mountain Home Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW John Bull Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Factory Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bear Creek #1 Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Trinity Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ireland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fortner Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Ireland Cemetery [Map]      
  E County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Burnett Cemetery [Map]      
  E Corinth Heights Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Dime Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mountain View Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Phil Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Federick Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Davis Family Cemetery South [Map]      
  ESE Davis Family Cemetery North [Map]      
  NNW Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cedar Tree Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lower Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burnt House Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Weatherly Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Boar Tush Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Botush Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Chestnut Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Dooley Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brock Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cochran Family Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thornhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hoggle Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hoggle Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Littleville Community Cemetery [Map]      
  E Winston Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Posey Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wade Cemetery [Map]      
  NE St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Watson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Spruce Pine Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  N Scharnagle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Miller Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Armstrong Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Whitehouse Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ayers Cemetery [Map]      
  E DeGraffenreid Cemetery [Map]      
  E Chilcoat Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Grissom Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cleveland Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sullins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sullens Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burleson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Haley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brock Cemetery [Map]      
  S Barton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Potts Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ryefield Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wingo Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
  E Maxwell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lawler 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bear Creek had a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Bear Creek had a population of 1,047 people.

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

Goddard   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bear Creek
 - Goddard had a post office and no railroad service
 
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bear Creek
 - Haleyville had a post office and railroad service
 
Hackleburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Bear Creek
 - Hackleburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Bear Creek
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Delmar   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bear Creek
 - Delmar had a post office and railroad service
 
Pebble   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Bear Creek
 - Pebble had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pearce's Mills   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Pearce's Mills had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kinlock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kinlock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Kinlock had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bear Creek
 - Rockwood 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 Bear Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bear Creek 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.

Bear Creek is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Walker, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Monroe (MS).

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

  DirectionDistance
Marion     (The home county for Bear Creek)
      Hackleburg   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Colbert
      Littleville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Cullman
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Fayette
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Franklin
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Lamar
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Lauderdale
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lawrence
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Morgan
      Danville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Walker
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Winston
      Haleyville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 - 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 Bear Creek:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bear Creek ...

While our initial data for Bear Creek came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bear Creek in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Bear Creek.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Bear Creek:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
We have found Bear Creek in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Bear Creek for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bear Creek.
      See our Misc Page for Bear Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Marion County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.sonet.net/marioncounty/

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 beginning in Bear Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bear Creek) 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 Bear Creek. 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 Bear Creek

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bear Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2652, Longitude: -87.7166     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bear Creek have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Bear Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bear Creek.



 
 
 

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