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Bethsaida, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bethsaida ...

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 Bethsaida (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 Bethsaida. 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 Bethsaida ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethsaida.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bethsaida, 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 Bethsaida.

Cemeteries Near Bethsaida ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bethsaida.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Masterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Love Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fergason Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sanderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wear Cemetery   [Map]     
  N LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Landersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE String Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Franklin Memory Gardens   [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 Bethsaida in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bethsaida.

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

Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bethsaida
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bethsaida
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bethsaida
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bethsaida
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bethsaida
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bethsaida
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Mount Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bethsaida
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bethsaida
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bethsaida
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bethsaida
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Bethsaida
 - Hatton 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 Bethsaida. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bethsaida 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Bethsaida is located in Franklin County.

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

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

Franklin     (The home county for Bethsaida)
      Russellville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen Mary   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dennis (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Bethsaida:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       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 Franklin County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Franklin 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bethsaida. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5537, Longitude: -87.5567     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bethsaida 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 Bethsaida, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bethsaida.


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