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Bethel, Alabama
(Cullman County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethel ...

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 Bethel (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 Bethel. 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 Bethel ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bethel, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bethel.

Cemeteries Near Bethel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bethel.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Emeus Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Crosses Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Central Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Pullen Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Spitznagl Cemetery [Map]      
  E Baldwin Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  E Baldwin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Missionary Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Chances Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Logan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jones Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hartwic Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethsadia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethlehem West Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shedd Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Blair Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Nesmith Cemetery [Map]      
  W Nesmith Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bowmans Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sharon Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N East Battleground Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cullman City Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sacred Heart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Vinemont Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Powells Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sardis #2 Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hefner Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Livingston Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Calvert Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brushy Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Valley Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Day - Speegle Cemetery [Map]      
  E St. Bernard Abbey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Flint Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bell Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wilkins Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hamner Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Higdon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holmes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  W Addison Church of God 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 Bethel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bethel.

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

Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bethel
 - Baldwin had railroad service and no post office
Logan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bethel
 - Logan had a post office and no railroad service
Jones' Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethel
 - Jones' Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Nesmith   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Nesmith had a post office and no railroad service
Trimble   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethel
 - Trimble had a post office and no railroad service
Battleground   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Bethel
 - Battleground had a post office and no railroad service
Crane Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethel
 - Crane Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Cullman   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 1,017 people (with 15,350 people in 2015)
 - Cullman had a post office and railroad service
Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bethel
 - Clifty had a post office and no railroad service
Wilhites   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bethel
 - Wilhites 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 Bethel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bethel 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.

Bethel is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for Bethel)
      West Point   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Bethel:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1945, Longitude: -86.9828     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethel 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 Bethel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethel.


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