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Bethel, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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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 38 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 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.

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  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE String Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dean - McNairy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jackson 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.

Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethel
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,069 people in 2016)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bethel
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Bethel
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 599 people in 2016)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,220 people in 2016)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley 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. 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 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 Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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:

Colbert     (The home county for Bethel)
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 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 start with 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 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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in 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: 34.7551, Longitude: -87.4589     [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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethel.