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Belltown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belltown ...

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 Belltown (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 Belltown. 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 Belltown ...

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 68 newspapers that have been published in the area around Belltown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belltown, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Belltown.

Cemeteries Near Belltown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Belltown.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  N Black Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Heflin Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Beason Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Davistown Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Evans Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Iron City Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Happy Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hepsabah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hanna Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fordham Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Edwardsville Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cole Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wise Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ai Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oconee 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Belltown had a population of 65 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Heflin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Belltown
 - 1895 population of 383 people (with 3,499 people in 2015)
 - Heflin had a post office and railroad service
Chulafinnee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Belltown
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Chulafinnee had a post office and no railroad service
Arbacoochee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Belltown
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Arbacoochee had a post office and no railroad service
Iron City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Belltown
 - Iron City had a post office and no railroad service
Choccolocco   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Belltown
 - 1895 population of 601 people
 - Choccolocco had a post office and railroad service
Abel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Belltown
 - Abel had a post office and no railroad service
Micaville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Belltown
 - Micaville had a post office and no railroad service
De Armanville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Belltown
 - 1895 population of 160 people
 - De Armanville had a post office and railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Belltown
 - 1895 population of 446 people (with 204 people in 2015)
 - Edwardsville 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 Belltown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Belltown 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.

Belltown 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 Belltown. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Belltown:

Cleburne     (The home county for Belltown)
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   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]
      Delta   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Belltown:

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    
Floyd 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    
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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Belltown ...

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

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 Belltown:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Belltown.
      See our Misc Page for Belltown for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Belltown. 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 'point-to-point' distance from Belltown. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Belltown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belltown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6034, Longitude: -85.6066     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belltown 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 Belltown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Belltown.


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