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Bells Crossroads, Alabama
(Barbour County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bells Crossroads ...

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 Bells Crossroads (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 Bells Crossroads. 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 Bells Crossroads ...

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 Bells Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bells Crossroads: Bells Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Bells Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Bells Crossroads may originally have been Bell's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Bells Crossroads might be written as Bell Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Bells Crossroads ...

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 Bells Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bells Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bells Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Bells Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bells Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clayton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Andrew Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Antioch Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Serene Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beauchamp Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Perkins - Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Seay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mount Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Mt. Harmon 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 Bells Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bells Crossroads.

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

Clayton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 997 people (with 2,904 people in 2016)
 - Clayton had a post office and railroad service
Mount Andrew   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Mount Andrew had a post office and no railroad service
Star Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Bells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Star Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Louisville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 477 people in 2016)
 - Louisville had a post office and railroad service
Pine Grove   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bells Crossroads
 - Pine Grove had a post office and no railroad service
White Oak   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Bells Crossroads
 - White Oak had railroad service and no post office
Perote   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bells Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 195 people
 - Perote had a post office and no railroad service
Josie   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Bells Crossroads
 - Josie had a post office and no railroad service
Oateston   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bells Crossroads
 - Oateston 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 Bells Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bells Crossroads 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 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.

Bells Crossroads is located in Barbour County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Bullock, Dale, Henry, Pike, Russell, Clay (GA), Quitman (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Barbour     (The home county for Bells Crossroads)
      Clayton   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Comer   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clio   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Perote   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Midway   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wilkinstown   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Graball   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Capps   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Headland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grady   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Banks   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tennille   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orion   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Seale   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Bells Crossroads:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bells Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8954, Longitude: -85.5236     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bells Crossroads 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 Bells Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bells Crossroads.