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Smiths Ferry, Alabama
(Coosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smiths Ferry ...

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 Smiths Ferry (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 Smiths Ferry. 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 Smiths Ferry ...

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 Smiths Ferry.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smiths Ferry: Smiths Fry. (or less commonly used: Smiths Frry.)
  • While the name of this community is Smiths Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Smiths Ferry may originally have been Smith's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Smiths Ferry might be written as Smith Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Smiths Ferry ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smiths Ferry.

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

Cemeteries Near Smiths Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smiths Ferry.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Hooper Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Clements Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mardis Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Clear Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  S Low Gap Cemetery [Map]      
  N Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oakhill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Crump Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Argo Cemetery [Map]      
  S Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Reeves Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chitwood Cemetery [Map]      
  N Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Village Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Austin Olds Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mauldin Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brown - Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pine Bluff 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 Smiths Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smiths Ferry.

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

Chepultepec   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smiths Ferry
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Chepultepec had a post office and no railroad service
Caldwell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smiths Ferry
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Caldwell had a post office and railroad service
Springville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smiths Ferry
 - Springville had a post office and railroad service
Viola - Historic   [Map]
 - While Viola was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smiths Ferry
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Viola had a post office and no railroad service
Champion   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Smiths Ferry
 - Champion had a post office and railroad service
Oneonta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Smiths Ferry
 - Oneonta had a post office and railroad service
Remlap   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Smiths Ferry
 - Remlap had a post office and railroad service
Ayres   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smiths Ferry
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Ayres 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 Smiths Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smiths Ferry 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 doctors and 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.

Smiths Ferry is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites 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 Smiths Ferry:

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 Coosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Coosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smiths Ferry. 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 Smiths Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smiths Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8307, Longitude: -86.4597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Ferry 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 Smiths Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smiths Ferry.


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