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Bell Mills, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bell Mills ...

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 Bell Mills (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 Bell Mills. 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 Bell Mills ...

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 Bell Mills.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bell Mills: Bell Mls. (or less commonly used: Bell Mlls.)

Newspapers Published in Bell Mills ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bell Mills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bell Mills, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bell Mills.

Cemeteries Near Bell Mills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bell Mills.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Fordham Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Ai Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Wise Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Happy Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Evans Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Evans Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Beason Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Crumbleys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Crumley's Chapel Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Edwardsville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Heflin Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Harmony Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Black Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Upper Cane Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cleburne Memorial Garden [Map]      
  E Mt. View Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Garretts Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Goldridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Providence Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Cole 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 Bell Mills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bell Mills.

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

Arbacoochee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bell Mills
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Arbacoochee had a post office and no railroad service
Abernathy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bell Mills
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Abernathy had a post office and no railroad service
Hopewell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Bell Mills
 - Hopewell had a post office and no railroad service
Heflin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bell Mills
 - 1895 population of 383 people (with 3,499 people in 2015)
 - Heflin had a post office and railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bell Mills
 - 1895 population of 446 people (with 204 people in 2015)
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Hightower   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bell Mills
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Hightower had a post office and no railroad service
Belltown   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Bell Mills
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Belltown had a post office and no railroad service
Micaville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bell Mills
 - Micaville 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 Bell Mills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bell Mills 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Bell Mills is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Bell Mills)
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Bell Mills:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bell Mills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6165, Longitude: -85.4747     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bell Mills 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 Bell Mills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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