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Bel Air Estates, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Bel Air Estates ...

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 Bel Air Estates (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 Bel Air Estates. 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 Bel Air Estates ...

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 Bel Air Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bel Air Estates: Bel Air Ests.

Newspapers Published in Bel Air Estates ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bel Air Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bel Air Estates, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bel Air Estates.

Cemeteries Near Bel Air Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bel Air Estates.

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 Bel Air Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW AME Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jennings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Geer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shirley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Popular Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dennis Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Winn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beautiful Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rices Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunset Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  ENE Carrolls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bone Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Backbone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Romulus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hawthorne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Robertson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cowden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE The Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dunns Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Dunn Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dry Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Alberta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Prewitte Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pole Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Flatwood 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 Bel Air Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bel Air Estates.

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

Coker   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bel Air Estates
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Bel Air Estates
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 25,045 people in 2016)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bel Air Estates
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bel Air Estates
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 99,543 people in 2016)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bel Air Estates
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Bel Air Estates
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bel Air Estates
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bel Air Estates
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Bel Air Estates
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan 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 Bel Air Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bel Air Estates 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Bel Air Estates is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Bel Air Estates)
      Coker   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Buhl   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Echola   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Holt   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Bel Air Estates:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

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 from Bel Air Estates. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bel Air Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bel Air Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2621, Longitude: -87.6878     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bel Air Estates 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 Bel Air Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bel Air Estates.