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Bedford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bedford ...

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 Bedford (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 Bedford. 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.

Newspapers Published in Bedford ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bedford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bedford, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bedford.

Cemeteries Near Bedford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bedford.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  W Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Church Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wofford Cemetery [Map]      
  W Moss & Reed Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Furnace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Springfield Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Walters Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WSW Sullivan Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Lampkin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sailor Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lamar Memory Gardens [Map]      
  E Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rising Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bankhead Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  W Marchbanks Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Emmaus Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Holliday Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Herron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hollis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Blair Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Egger Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Morton Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mulberry Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Moscow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Easter Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Easter Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Cockerham Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sulligent Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Baker Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Sartor Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Blaylock Cemetery [Map]      
  W Roberts Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE South Carolina Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kennedy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Plynn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sandlin Cemetery [Map]      
  N Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jones Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Pickle Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Unity Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Christian Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oakes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Crews Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Nolen Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pine Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Center Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Seely Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


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, Bedford had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Molloy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Bedford
 - Molloy had a post office and no railroad service
Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bedford
 - 1895 population of 192 people (with 1,895 people in 2015)
 - Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
Gattman (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bedford
 - Gattman had a post office and railroad service
Moscow   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bedford
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Moscow had a post office and no railroad service
Star   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bedford
 - Star had a post office and no railroad service
Sulligent   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bedford
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 1,844 people in 2015)
 - Sulligent had a post office and railroad service
Grubb Springs (MS) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Grubb Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Bedford
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Grubb Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Hightogy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bedford
 - Hightogy 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 Bedford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bedford 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.

Bedford is located in Lamar County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lamar County: Fayette, Marion, Pickens, Lowndes (MS) & Monroe (MS).

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

Lamar     (The home county for Bedford)
      Vernon   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Millport   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vina   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McShan   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chickasaw (MS)
      Egypt (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Okolona (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lee (MS)
      Nettleton (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shannon (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plantersville (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Verona (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wren (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Bedford:

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 Lamar County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa 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    
Chickasaw County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bedford ...

While our initial data for Bedford came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bedford 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 Bedford.

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 Bedford:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Bedford.
      See our Misc Page for Bedford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Lamar County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bedford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7959, Longitude: -88.2070     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bedford 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 Bedford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bedford.


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