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Belle Ellen, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belle Ellen ...

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 Belle Ellen (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 Belle Ellen. 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 Belle Ellen ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Belle Ellen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belle Ellen, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Belle Ellen.

Cemeteries Near Belle Ellen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Belle Ellen.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Italian Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shiney Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hickory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McCulley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Schultz Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  NNE Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW John T. Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Caffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kinard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Moffat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friday Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Six Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bibbville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belchers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shuttlesworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Crockett McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bucksville 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 Belle Ellen in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Belle Ellen.

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

Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Belle Ellen
 - Blocton had a post office and railroad service
Anita   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Belle Ellen
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Belle Ellen
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Belle Ellen
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Belle Ellen
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,569 people in 2016)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Belle Ellen
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Belle Ellen
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Belle Ellen
 - Chamblee had railroad service and no post office

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

Belle Ellen is located in Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

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

Bibb     (The home county for Belle Ellen)
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Belle Ellen:

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 Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas 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    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belle Ellen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1246, Longitude: -87.0572     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belle Ellen 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 Belle Ellen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Belle Ellen.