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Bear Creek, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bear Creek ...

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 Bear Creek (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 Bear Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Bear Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Bear Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bear Creek: Bear Crk. (or less commonly used: Bear Ck. or Bear Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Bear Creek ...

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 Bear Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bear Creek, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bear Creek.

Cemeteries Near Bear Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bear Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCaig Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCollough 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 Bear Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bear Creek.

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

Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,434 people in 2016)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bear Creek
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Bear Creek
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,025 people in 2016)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence 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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bear Creek
 - Mountain Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bear Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bear Creek 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 and doctors 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for Bear Creek)
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Bear Creek:

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 website for the State of 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    
Itawamba 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     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Bear Creek. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bear Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bear Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6565, Longitude: -87.7334     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bear Creek.