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Bethlehem, Alabama
(Pickens 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 42 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  
  NE Bethlehem Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Carden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coal Fire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Unity Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Funderburk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eatman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Unity Grove Lower Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Unity Grove Upper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dorroh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Payne Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Brown Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Higdon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Marvin Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Ethelsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Zion Possum Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Strawbridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Doublebranches Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ashcraft Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Chapel 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 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.

Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Bethlehem
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 999 people in 2016)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,616 people in 2016)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bethlehem
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bethlehem
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 429 people in 2016)
 - Kennedy had a post office and railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Bethlehem
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bethlehem
 - Bell 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Bethlehem is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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:

Pickens     (The home county for Bethlehem)
      Reform   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guin   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twin   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   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 begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene 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    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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 that begins in 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: 33.4751, Longitude: -88.0709     [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: findagrave.com.

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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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethlehem.