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New Bethel, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for New 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 New 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 New 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 New 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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around New Bethel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of New Bethel, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for New Bethel.

Cemeteries Near New Bethel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of New 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 New Bethel covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCaig Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park   [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>

While we didn't find New Bethel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of New Bethel.

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

Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from New Bethel
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from New Bethel
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from New Bethel
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from New Bethel
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Mills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mountain Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from New Bethel
 - Mountain Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from New Bethel
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from New Bethel
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from New Bethel
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and 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 West Southwest (WSW) from New Bethel
 - Denton 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 New Bethel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring New 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 southeast 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 south.

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 south 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for New Bethel)
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 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 New 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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for New Bethel. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in New Bethel. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- New Bethel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in New Bethel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6451, Longitude: -87.7917     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for New Bethel 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 New Bethel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for New Bethel.


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