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Old Bethel, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Old Bethel ...

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 Old Bethel (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 Old Bethel. 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 Old Bethel ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Old Bethel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Old Bethel, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Old Bethel.

Cemeteries Near Old Bethel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Old Bethel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Masterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sanderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fergason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE String Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wear Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Landersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Henson 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 Old Bethel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Old Bethel.

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

Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Old Bethel
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Old Bethel
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Old Bethel
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Old Bethel
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Old Bethel
 - Hatton 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 Northwest (NW) from Old Bethel
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Old Bethel
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Old Bethel
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Old Bethel
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Mount Hope 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 Old Bethel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Old Bethel 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.

Old Bethel is located in Colbert County.

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

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

Colbert     (The home county for Old Bethel)
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Hatton   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Old Bethel:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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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About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Old Bethel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5812, Longitude: -87.5236     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Old Bethel 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 Old Bethel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Old Bethel.