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Bright Star, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bright Star ...

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 Bright Star (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 Bright Star. 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 Bright Star ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bright Star.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bright Star, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bright Star.

Cemeteries Near Bright Star ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bright Star.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Gunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Alldredge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brooksville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Gibbs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blue Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Ebell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Summit Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Berry - Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roswell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW New Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Warrior Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Painter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boyles Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Blountsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE High Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bodine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Eidson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brashier Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bright Star had a post office and no railroad service.

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

McLarty   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Bright Star
 - McLarty had a post office and no railroad service
Brooksville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Bright Star
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Brooksville had a post office and no railroad service
Snead   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bright Star
 - Snead had a post office and no railroad service
Highmound   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bright Star
 - Highmound had a post office and no railroad service
Tappan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tappan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bright Star
 - Tappan had a post office and no railroad service
Summit   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bright Star
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Summit had a post office and no railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bright Star
 - Clarence had a post office and no railroad service
Wynnville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bright Star
 - Wynnville had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bright Star
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Liberty 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 Bright Star. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bright Star 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 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.

Bright Star is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Bright Star)
      Craig   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Bright Star:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bright Star ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount 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 that starts in Bright Star. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bright Star) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bright Star. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1604, Longitude: -86.4303     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bright Star have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Bright Star, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bright Star.


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