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Bel Air, Alabama
(Houston County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bel Air ...

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 (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. 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 Bel Air ...

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

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bel Air, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bel Air.

Cemeteries Near Bel Air ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Selma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dothan City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Hurts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bay Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Memphis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cowarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pinckard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Sylvan Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lassiter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crestlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Cowarts Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Purvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE East Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blackwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blackwoods 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>

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

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

Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bel Air
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bel Air
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bel Air
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bel Air
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,741 people in 2016)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Bel Air
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Bel Air
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bel Air
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,459 people in 2016)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bel Air
 - Ashford 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 Bel Air. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bel Air 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Bel Air is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Bel Air)
      Dothan   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Parish   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Headland   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Capps   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Graball   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tennille   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Bel Air:

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston 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 Bel Air. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bel Air. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2316, Longitude: -85.4372     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bel Air 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 Bel Air, 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.