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Bessemer, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Bessemer ...

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 Bessemer (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Bessemer. 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.

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 and doctors 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.

Bessemer is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Bessemer)
  New Village   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  McCalla   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Lipscomb   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Hueytown   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Industrial City   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Dolomite   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Midfield   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Shannon   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Adger   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  North Bibb   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  West Blocton   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fikestown - Historic   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Red Hill   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  County Line   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blount Springs   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Colony   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oakmulgee   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
  Woodland Village   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Moody   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Argo   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Springville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Helena   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Siluria   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sawmill Town   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Maylene   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Saginaw   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vance   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Coaling   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cottondale   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pearson   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Holt   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alberta City   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dora   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Goodsprings   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Barney   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Creel   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Empire   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Bessemer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bessemer.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Bessemer covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Bessemer ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bessemer.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Bessemer. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Bessemer and those printed in the larger area surrounding Bessemer.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 4 miles [6.4 km] of Bessemer.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Bessemer had a population of 4,544 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Bessemer had a population of 26,386 people.

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

Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bessemer
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bessemer
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bessemer
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Bessemer
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bessemer
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bessemer
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bessemer
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bessemer
 - Morgan 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 Bessemer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bessemer in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Bessemer:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bessemer ...

While our initial data about Bessemer came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bessemer in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Bessemer.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Bessemer:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Bessemer in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Bessemer for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bessemer. See our Misc Page for Bessemer for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bessemer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bessemer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessemer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3714, Longitude: -86.9708     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bessemer 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 Bessemer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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