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Bethlehem, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethlehem ...

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 Bethlehem (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 Bethlehem. 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 Bethlehem ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethlehem.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bethlehem, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bethlehem.

Cemeteries Near Bethlehem ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bethlehem.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Armstrong Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Hickory Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Fair Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Bell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ganey Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Sawyer Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ball Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Panola Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sprague Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Center Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Mosleys Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sharp Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Cauthens Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Murrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Philadelphia Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sentell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sankey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lamar Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Chesser Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Letohatchee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rogers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rogers Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shackelford Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW King Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garner Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fannin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gilbert Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Orme Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Powell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Relf 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 Bethlehem in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bethlehem.

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

Mount Carmel   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Mount Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
Sellers   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Bethlehem
 - Sellers had a post office and no railroad service
Strata   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Strata had a post office and railroad service
Fleta   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Bethlehem
 - Fleta had a post office and no railroad service
Naftel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bethlehem
 - Naftel had a post office and railroad service
Ada   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Ada had a post office and railroad service
Sandy Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethlehem
 - Sandy Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Lapine   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethlehem
 - Lapine had a post office and railroad service
Highland Home   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethlehem
 - Highland Home 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 Bethlehem. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bethlehem 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Bethlehem is located in Montgomery County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Montgomery County: Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon & Pike.

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

Montgomery     (The home county for Bethlehem)
      Ada   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grady   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booth   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Minter   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banks   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Awin   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Bethlehem:

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 Montgomery County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Montgomery County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethlehem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0535, Longitude: -86.3436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethlehem 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 Bethlehem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethlehem.


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