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Smith Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smith Crossroads ...

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 Smith Crossroads (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 Smith Crossroads. 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.

Name Variations for Smith Crossroads ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Smith Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smith Crossroads: Smith Xrds.

Newspapers Published in Smith Crossroads ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith Crossroads.

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

Cemeteries Near Smith Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smith Crossroads.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Meadows - Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Roxana Cemetery [Map]      
  S Roxanna Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Rowells Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Holley Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Waverly Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lockhart Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Morgan Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pentecost Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Frank McGuire Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Slaughters Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Red Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Loachapoka Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pine Level Cemetery [Map]      
  E Maddox Family Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Smith - Willoughby Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McCord Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Fargason Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Spain Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ridge Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Sinai Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gold Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peace & Goodwill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shepard Graveyard [Map]      
  N Langley Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Harper Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Farmville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dean - Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gillam 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 Smith Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smith Crossroads.

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

Roxana   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Smith Crossroads
 - Roxana had a post office and no railroad service
Mary   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smith Crossroads
 - Mary had a post office and no railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Smith Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 148 people in 2015)
 - Waverly had a post office and railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smith Crossroads
 - Thornton had a post office and no railroad service
Camp Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Smith Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 366 people (with 981 people in 2015)
 - Camp Hill had a post office and railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smith Crossroads
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Church Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smith Crossroads
 - Church Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Smith Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Smith Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service

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

Smith Crossroads is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Smith Crossroads)
      Camp Hill   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Smith Crossroads:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7260, Longitude: -85.6611     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith Crossroads 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 Smith Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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