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Bethel, Alabama
(Walker 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 36 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 18 miles [29 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  
  NNE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lower Sulpher Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whitson Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Infant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Swindle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sandtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Wiley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alta Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Palmers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethabara 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 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.

Patton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Bethel
 - Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethel
 - Alta had railroad service and no post office
Wiley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bethel
 - Wiley had a post office and no railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bethel
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Berry   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Bethel
 - Berry had railroad service and no post office
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bethel
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,014 people in 2016)
 - Cordova 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Bethel is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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:

Walker     (The home county for Bethel)
      Oakman   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adger   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millport   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 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 visit 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 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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Walker 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 Walker County: www.walkercounty.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

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: 33.6432, Longitude: -87.4000     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethel 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethel.