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Bellwood, Alabama
(Geneva County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bellwood ...

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 Bellwood (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 Bellwood. 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 Bellwood ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bellwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bellwood, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bellwood.

Cemeteries Near Bellwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bellwood.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Bellwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cool Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  W El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Hartford City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Coffee Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Keyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whaley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pondtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Eunola Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wright Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Daleville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Mt. Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Geneva City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adoniram Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spike Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Enterprise City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore 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.<2>

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

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

High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bellwood
 - High Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Highfalls   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bellwood
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Highfalls had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bellwood
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Bellwood
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 227 people in 2016)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Dundee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bellwood
 - Dundee had a post office and no railroad service
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bellwood
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,101 people in 2016)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Bellwood
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bellwood
 - 1895 population of 638 people (with 4,424 people in 2016)
 - Geneva 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 Bellwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bellwood 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Bellwood is located in Geneva County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Geneva County: Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston, Holmes (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Geneva     (The home county for Bellwood)
      Scranton   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Black   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Central City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilkinstown   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Florala   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Headland   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Capps   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tennille   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coosada Old Town (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vernon (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wausau (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 it should be mentioned 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 Bellwood:

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 Geneva 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    
Covington 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    
Houston 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    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Geneva County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Geneva 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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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Geneva County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bellwood. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bellwood

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bellwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1732, Longitude: -85.7933     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bellwood have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Bellwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bellwood.


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