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Betta-Life, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Betta-Life ...

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 Betta-Life (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 Betta-Life. 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 Betta-Life ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Betta-Life.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Betta-Life, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Betta-Life.

Cemeteries Near Betta-Life ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Betta-Life.

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 Betta-Life covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Seven Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nances Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Westview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Iron City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hebron 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 Betta-Life in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Betta-Life.

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

Merrellton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Betta-Life
 - Merrellton had a post office and no railroad service
White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Betta-Life
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Jenkins   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Betta-Life
 - Jenkins had a post office and no railroad service
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Betta-Life
 - Sulphur Springs had railroad service and no post office
Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Betta-Life
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Betta-Life
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Nances Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Betta-Life
 - Nances Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Betta-Life
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Leatherwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Betta-Life
 - Leatherwood had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Betta-Life. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Betta-Life 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.

Betta-Life is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Betta-Life)
      Jacksonville   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Betta-Life:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun 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 Betta-Life. 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 that begins in Betta-Life. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Betta-Life) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Betta-Life. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8057, Longitude: -85.7694     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Betta-Life 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 Betta-Life, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Betta-Life.