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Belmont, Alabama
(Sumter County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belmont ...

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 Belmont (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 Belmont. 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 Belmont ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Belmont.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belmont, 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 Belmont.

Cemeteries Near Belmont ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Belmont.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Davidson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Palestine Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Houpt Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Pinetop Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Phares Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Arrington Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bird Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hard Bargain Cemetery [Map]      
  N Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Dug Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Riverside Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Green Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bowers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Longer Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Logan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Brasfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dallas Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. Matthew Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Millers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Green Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Evening Star Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Birdine Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. John Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Nott Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Neal Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Little Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW DeVelle Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Arington Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Blocker Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dallas Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Brewersville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Memorial Garden [Map]      
  NE Creehill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cooks Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. Matthew 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 Belmont had a population of 82 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

McDowell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Belmont
 - McDowell had a post office and railroad service
Tishabee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Belmont
 - Tishabee had a post office and no railroad service
Demopolis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Belmont
 - 1895 population of 1,898 people (with 7,148 people in 2015)
 - Demopolis had a post office and railroad service
Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Belmont
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 601 people in 2015)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
Coatopa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Belmont
 - 1895 population of 171 people
 - Coatopa had a post office and railroad service
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Belmont
 - Arcola had a post office and no railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Belmont
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Jefferson had a post office and no railroad service
Old Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Belmont
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Old Spring Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Gallion   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Belmont
 - Gallion had a post office and railroad service

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

Belmont is located in Sumter County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sumter County: Choctaw, Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Kemper (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Sumter     (The home county for Belmont)
      Moore Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Epes   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      York   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ward   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Browns   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      The Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Belmont:

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 Sumter County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry 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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Sumter County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belmont. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5587, Longitude: -87.9425     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belmont 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 Belmont, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Belmont.


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