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Belle Vista, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belle Vista ...

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 Vista (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 Vista. 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 Vista ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Belle Vista.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belle Vista, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Belle Vista.

Cemeteries Near Belle Vista ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Baker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Chancellor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia North Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Childersburg City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rhoden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Armbrester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Freeze Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allen - Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mardisville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Midway Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Sterrett 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 Vista in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Belle Vista.

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

East Bend   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Belle Vista
 - East Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Belle Vista
 - Vincent had a post office and railroad service
Alpine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Belle Vista
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Alpine had a post office and railroad service
Nottingham - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nottingham was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Belle Vista
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Nottingham had a post office and no railroad service
Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Belle Vista
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Childersburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Belle Vista
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 4,997 people in 2016)
 - Childersburg had a post office and railroad service
Renfroe   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Belle Vista
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Renfroe had a post office and railroad service
Lowery   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Belle Vista
 - Lowery 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 Belle Vista. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Belle Vista 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 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 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.

Belle Vista is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Belle Vista)
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Vista:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community in Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 that stretches from Belle Vista. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Belle Vista) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belle Vista. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3765, Longitude: -86.3269     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belle Vista 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 Belle Vista, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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