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Bear Creek, Alabama
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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 52 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 24 miles [38.6 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 Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bear Creek #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Factory Cemetery   [Map]     
  W John Bull Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Ireland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Corinth Heights Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dime Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fortner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Ireland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Family Cemetery North   [Map]     
  SE Davis Family Cemetery South   [Map]     
  NE Chestnut Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Posey Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Burnt House Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Federick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scharnagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boar Tush Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Botush Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Littleville Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Tree Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Lower Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Weatherly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hoggle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hoggle Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Winston Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E DeGraffenreid Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chilcoat Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cochran Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maxwell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cleveland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Haley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whitehouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ryefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frost Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Orange Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Orange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lindsey 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, Bear Creek had a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Bear Creek had a population of 1,041 people.

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

Goddard   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Bear Creek
 - Goddard had a post office and no railroad service
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bear Creek
 - Haleyville had a post office and railroad service
Hackleburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Bear Creek
 - Hackleburg had a post office and no railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Bear Creek
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Pebble   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Bear Creek
 - Pebble had a post office and no railroad service
Delmar   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bear Creek
 - Delmar had a post office and railroad service
Kinlock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kinlock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bear Creek
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Kinlock had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bear Creek
 - Isbell 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 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 doctors and 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.

Bear Creek is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Walker, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Monroe (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:

Marion     (The home county for Bear Creek)
      Hackleburg   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glen Mary   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dennis (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 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 begin 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 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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker 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    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bear Creek ...

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

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 Bear Creek:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Bear Creek in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Bear Creek for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bear Creek.
      See our Misc Page for Bear Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Marion County

About Alabama

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 Marion County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bear Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bear Creek

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bear Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2757, Longitude: -87.6999     [Map].

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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 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.