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Bethlehem, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethlehem ...

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 Bethlehem (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 Bethlehem. 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 Bethlehem ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethlehem.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bethlehem, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bethlehem.

Cemeteries Near Bethlehem ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bethlehem.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gallant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Sauls Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moodys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Deerman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Choate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Reeves Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Painter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Moriah 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 Bethlehem in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bethlehem.

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

Gallant   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Bethlehem
 - Gallant had a post office and no railroad service
Nix - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nix was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethlehem
 - Nix had a post office and no railroad service
Steele   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bethlehem
 - Steele had railroad service and no post office
Walnut Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 681 people in 2016)
 - Walnut Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bethlehem
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
Redbud   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bethlehem
 - Redbud had a post office and no railroad service
Howelton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bethlehem
 - Howelton had a post office and no railroad service
Bird - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bird was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethlehem
 - Bird 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 Bethlehem. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bethlehem 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Bethlehem is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Bethlehem)
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Altoona   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Bethlehem:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethlehem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9820, Longitude: -86.2661     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethlehem 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 Bethlehem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethlehem.