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Belk, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belk ...

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 Belk (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 Belk. 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 Belk ...

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 Belk.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belk, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Belk.

Cemeteries Near Belk ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Belk.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Sudduth Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  W Branyon Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wesleys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rowland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethabra Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Colvin Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pilgrim Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  E Caines Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bankhead Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Kennedy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Palestine Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Guin Cemetery [Map]      
  W Meadow Branch Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  S Summers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fayette City Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Temple Star Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Higdon Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Savage Cemetery [Map]      
  E Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Glover Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ashcraft Corner Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Shepherd Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brotherton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Whitson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Holly Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Payne Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dorroh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gravlee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Zion Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oakes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW South Carolina Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Christian Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Blooming Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Blooming Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shepherd Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Elbethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holliman Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Corinth 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>

While we didn't find Belk in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Belk.

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

Covin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Belk
 - Covin had railroad service and no post office
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Belk
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 428 people in 2015)
 - Kennedy had a post office and railroad service
Kingville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Belk
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Kingville had a post office and no railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Belk
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Belk
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville had a post office and no railroad service
Stough   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Belk
 - Stough had a post office and no railroad service
Hightogy   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Belk
 - Hightogy had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Belk
 - Palmetto 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 Belk. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Belk 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Belk is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Belk)
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reform   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Echola   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Belk:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Lamar 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    
Clay 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Fayette County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Fayette 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Belk. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Belk) 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 Belk. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Belk

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6519, Longitude: -87.9283     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belk 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 Belk, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Belk.


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