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Belle Haven, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belle Haven ...

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 Belle Haven (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 Belle Haven. 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 Belle Haven ...

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 Belle Haven.

  • Typical abbreviation for Belle Haven: Belle Hvn. (or less commonly used: Belle Havn.)

Newspapers Published in Belle Haven ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Belle Haven.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belle Haven, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Belle Haven.

Cemeteries Near Belle Haven ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Belle Haven.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Union Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
  W Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  NW Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove 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 Belle Haven in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Belle Haven.

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

Hillman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Belle Haven
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
Ware   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Belle Haven
 - Ware had railroad service and no post office
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Belle Haven
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Belle Haven
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Belle Haven
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Belle Haven
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Belle Haven
 - Woodward Junction had railroad service and no post office
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Belle Haven
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Belle Haven
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Belle Haven
 - Collins had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Belle Haven. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Belle Haven 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 hospitals and 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.

Belle Haven is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Belle Haven)
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Midfield   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Mason City   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Village   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

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 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 Belle Haven:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belle Haven. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4609, Longitude: -86.8886     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belle Haven 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 Belle Haven, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Belle Haven.


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