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Bentley Hills, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bentley Hills ...

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 Bentley Hills (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 Bentley Hills. 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 Bentley Hills ...

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 191 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bentley Hills.

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

Cemeteries Near Bentley Hills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bentley Hills.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  W Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  W Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  WSW Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McCombs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Alton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jefferson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Allen Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Trussville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W George Washington Memorial Gardens [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 Bentley Hills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bentley Hills.

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

Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bentley Hills
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bentley Hills
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bentley Hills
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bentley Hills
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bentley Hills
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
Vanderbilt   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bentley Hills
 - Vanderbilt had a post office and no railroad service
East Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bentley Hills
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bentley Hills
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,461 people in 2015)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
Bartonville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bentley Hills
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Bartonville 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 Bentley Hills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bentley Hills 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Bentley Hills)
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Gate City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vulcan City   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tarrant   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Bentley Hills:

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    
Calhoun 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 ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bentley Hills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5134, Longitude: -86.7444     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bentley Hills 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 Bentley Hills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bentley Hills.


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