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Bishop, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bishop ...

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 Bishop (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 Bishop. 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 Bishop ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bishop.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bishop, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bishop.

Cemeteries Near Bishop ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bishop.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Burns Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Finley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Twitty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Martin Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Carter Branch Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Alsobrook Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Paradise Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Forest Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Nunley Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Sally Burns Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Tishomingo Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WSW Highland Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Nunley Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Richard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Morris Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Boggs Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Old Union Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S James Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Hester Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Hodge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bethany Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Mt. Joy Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Palestine Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pittsburg Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Bolton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  ENE Davis Temple Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rutland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW South Crossroads Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Snowdown Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Belue Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Stephens Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Joel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Byram Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Hale Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Mann Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Cedar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E McCaig Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cherokee Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cherokee Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gover Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Carytown 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 in 1895, Bishop had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Maud   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Bishop
 - Maud had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Good Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Bishop
 - Good Springs had railroad service and no post office
Margerum   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bishop
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Margerum had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bishop
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bishop
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Iuka (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bishop
 - 1895 population of 1,019 people (with 3,001 people in 2015)
 - Iuka had a post office and railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bishop
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bishop
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Belmont (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bishop
 - 1895 population of 24 people (with 2,039 people in 2015)
 - Belmont 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 Bishop. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bishop 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.

Bishop is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Bishop)
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Lee (MS)
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saltillo (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ramer (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Bishop:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert 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 Bishop. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bishop) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bishop. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6656, Longitude: -88.1139     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bishop 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 Bishop, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bishop.


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