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Bell Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bell Springs ...

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 Bell Springs (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 Bell Springs. 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 Bell Springs ...

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 Bell Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bell Springs: Bell Spgs. (or less commonly used: Bell Spngs. or Bell Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Bell Springs ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bell Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bell Springs, 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 Bell Springs.

Cemeteries Near Bell Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bell Springs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Powells Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holmes Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crosby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Falkville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W East Battleground Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilhite Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bethlehem West Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vinemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Flint Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Negro Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Crosses Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Missionary Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Day - Speegle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hamby Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Turney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Herrin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Central Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Baldwin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Eva Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Baldwin Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brindley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hartselle Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Jones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spitznagl Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lawrence Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stovall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Penn 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 Bell Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bell Springs.

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

Wilhites   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bell Springs
 - Wilhites had railroad service and no post office
Battleground   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Bell Springs
 - Battleground had a post office and no railroad service
Falkville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Bell Springs
 - Falkville had a post office and railroad service
Leesdale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bell Springs
 - 1895 population of 153 people
 - Leesdale had a post office and railroad service
Cedar Plains   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bell Springs
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cedar Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Massey   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bell Springs
 - Massey had a post office and no railroad service
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Bell Springs
 - Baldwin had railroad service and no post office
Hartselle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Bell Springs
 - 1895 population of 596 people (with 14,471 people in 2016)
 - Hartselle had a post office and railroad service
Eva   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Bell Springs
 - Eva 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 Bell Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bell Springs 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 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.

Bell Springs is located in Morgan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

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

Morgan     (The home county for Bell Springs)
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Falkville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wren   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 either 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 Bell Springs:

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 Morgan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Bell Springs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bell Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bell Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3173, Longitude: -86.9153     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bell Springs 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Bell Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bell Springs.