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Bethel, Alabama
(Sumter County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethel ...

So far, we have found very little information about Bethel. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Bethel to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Bethel, please Contact Us.

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 46 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 24 miles [38.6 km]<2>. 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  
  SSE Roy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hutchenson Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Central Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bell Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Old Side Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Boney Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Danner Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McCainville Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  N Souls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Elliott Cemetery [Map]      
  S Danner Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Eskeridge Pettigrew Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Henagan Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McInnis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Odd Fellows Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Briggs Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Giles Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Old Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Potts Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lewis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE May 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.

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.

Hamner   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bethel
 - Hamner had a post office and no railroad service
Sumterville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Sumterville had a post office and no railroad service
Boyd   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Bethel
 - Boyd had a post office and no railroad service
Giles (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bethel
 - Giles had a post office and no railroad service
Livingston   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 850 people (with 3,414 people in 2015)
 - Livingston had a post office and railroad service
Porterville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethel
 - Porterville had a post office and no railroad service
Narkeeta (MS) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Narkeeta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Narkeeta had a post office and railroad service
Miller   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Bethel
 - Miller had railroad service and no post office
Sucarnoochee (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Sucarnoochee had a post office and railroad service
Enondale (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethel
 - Enondale 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 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Bethel is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Bethel. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Bethel:

Sumter     (The home county for Bethel)
      Emelle   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Epes   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Panola   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      York   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ward   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      De Kalb (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Collinsville (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Suqualena (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Neshoba (MS)
      Bogue Chitto (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 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 like to start with 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 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 Bethel:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Neshoba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Noxubee 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 ...

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The Communities of Alabama

About Sumter County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Bethel. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bethel) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bethel. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bethel

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7299, Longitude: -88.2792     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethel.


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