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Beards Mill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Beards Mill ...

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 Beards Mill (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 Beards Mill. 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 Beards Mill ...

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 Beards Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Beards Mill: Beards Ml. (or less commonly used: Beards Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Beards Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Beards Mill may originally have been Beard's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Beards Mill might be written as Beard Mill.

Newspapers Published in Beards Mill ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Beards Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Beards Mill, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Beards Mill.

Cemeteries Near Beards Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Beards Mill.

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 Beards Mill covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Zion Possum Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Funderburk Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Hebron Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coal Fire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Cockrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Carrollton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Brown Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ethelsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Strawbridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Spring Hill Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glen Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Browns Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethlehem Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Windle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baptist Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Sinal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Unity Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brookshire 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 Beards Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Beards Mill.

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

Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Beards Mill
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Beards Mill
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,632 people in 2015)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Beards Mill
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Beards Mill
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Beards Mill
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Beards Mill
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Beards Mill
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,687 people in 2015)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Beards Mill
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport 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 Beards Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Beards Mill 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 and hospitals 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.

Beards Mill is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Beards Mill)
      McShan   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Reform   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Beards Mill:

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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Pickens County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Pickens 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.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Beards Mill. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Beards Mill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Beards Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3657, Longitude: -88.1197     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Beards Mill 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:

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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 Beards Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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