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Bethel Grove, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethel Grove ...

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 Bethel Grove (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 Bethel Grove. 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 Bethel Grove ...

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 Bethel Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bethel Grove: Bethel Grv.

Newspapers Published in Bethel Grove ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethel Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bethel Grove, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bethel Grove.

Cemeteries Near Bethel Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bethel Grove.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Nolen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hardwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Railroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whitten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whittens Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McAllister Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pigg Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Balentine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Emaline Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S George Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wayland Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cauhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wolf Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bucksnort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGlamery 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 Bethel Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bethel Grove.

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

Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethel Grove
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Valley (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pleasant Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bethel Grove
 - Pleasant Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Webster - Historic   [Map]
 - While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bethel Grove
 - Webster had a post office and no railroad service
Cypress Inn (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethel Grove
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Cypress Inn had a post office and no railroad service
Pruitton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Bethel Grove
 - Pruitton had a post office and railroad service
Light (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Light was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bethel Grove
 - Light had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethel Grove
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Whittens Stand (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Whittens Stand was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bethel Grove
 - Whittens Stand had a post office and no railroad service
Iron City (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bethel Grove
 - 1895 population of 381 people (with 380 people in 2009)
 - Iron City had a post office and railroad service

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

Bethel Grove is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Bethel Grove)
      Zip City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hohenwald (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Bethel Grove:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Of Special Interest ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethel Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9904, Longitude: -87.7256     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethel Grove 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 Bethel Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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