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Bethel, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethel ...

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 (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. 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 Bethel ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bethel, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bethel.

Cemeteries Near Bethel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bethel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Mt. Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion West Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Steadman Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Liner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Edgewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Mt. Newley Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hollywood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Upper Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Littlecreek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hutching Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Edwardsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Estavanko Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Buchanan City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Felton Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Felton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Felton Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dugdown Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lime Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Borden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grimes 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 Bethel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bethel.

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

Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Coldwater had a post office and no railroad service
Muscadine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Muscadine had a post office and railroad service
Hooper (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethel
 - Hooper had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Springs (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Bethel
 - Poplar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Level   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Oak Level had a post office and no railroad service
Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 1,699 people (with 3,160 people in 2017)
 - Tallapoosa had a post office and railroad service
Little Creek (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bethel
 - Little Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 446 people (with 198 people in 2017)
 - Edwardsville 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 Bethel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bethel 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 is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Bethel)
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Cobb (GA)
      Powder Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Springwood Village (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Windwood Village (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hiram (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Bethel:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cobb County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cleburne County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cleburne 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bethel. 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' distance that stretches from Bethel. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bethel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8001, Longitude: -85.3797     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethel 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 Bethel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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