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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 38 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 24 miles [38.6 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  
  NNW Bethlehem #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Legal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Conwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Paynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dobyne - Haggard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Medline Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Ivey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Iveys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Swann Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Farrer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Heiberger Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Centreville Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Osburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brent Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sandy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pineland Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Duff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mathis 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bethlehem had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Pinetucky   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Pinetucky had a post office and no railroad service
Oakmulgee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Oakmulgee had a post office and no railroad service
Adler   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethlehem
 - Adler had a post office and no railroad service
Abercrombie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Abercrombie had a post office and no railroad service
Theo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Theo had a post office and no railroad service
Levert   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethlehem
 - Levert had a post office and no railroad service
Trio   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bethlehem
 - Trio had a post office and no railroad service
Harrisburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bethlehem
 - Harrisburg had a post office and no railroad service
Jericho   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Jericho 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 northeast 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 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.

Bethlehem is located in Perry County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Perry County: Bibb, Chilton, Dallas, Hale & Marengo.

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:

Perry     (The home county for Bethlehem)
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      East Town   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brent   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Selma   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 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 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 Perry County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bethlehem ...

While our initial data for Bethlehem came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bethlehem in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Bethlehem.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Bethlehem:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Bethlehem.
      See our Misc Page for Bethlehem for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Perry County

About Alabama

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.

The official website for Perry County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Bethlehem. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 32.8071, Longitude: -87.1097     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethlehem 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 Bethlehem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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