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Smiths, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smiths ...

Although we found mention of Smiths during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Smiths was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 (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. 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 Smiths ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smiths.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smiths, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smiths.

Cemeteries Near Smiths ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smiths.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Lk. View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stroud Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Charnel Garden of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Water Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dudleyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Linwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bealwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mealing Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Felix Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Porterdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Riverdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Phillips - Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mechanicsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Abercombie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Park Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Flint Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope CME Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Macedonia 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.<4>

While we didn't find Smiths in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smiths.

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

Smith's Station   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Smiths
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 5,300 people in 2015)
 - Smith's Station had a post office and railroad service
Ladonia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Smiths
 - Ladonia had a post office and no railroad service
Girard   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smiths
 - 1895 population of 815 people
 - Girard had a post office and railroad service
Columbus (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smiths
 - 1895 population of 17,303 people (with 200,579 people in 2015)
 - Columbus had a post office and railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smiths
 - Crawford had a post office and no railroad service
Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smiths
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and no railroad service
Muscogee (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smiths
 - Muscogee had railroad service and no post office
Fortson (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smiths
 - Fortson had a post office and railroad service
Acton (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Acton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smiths
 - Acton had a post office and no railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smiths
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Mulberry Grove (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smiths
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Mulberry Grove 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smiths 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 is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Smiths)
      Smith's Station   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valley   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Marion (GA)
      Buena Vista (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Geneva (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talbotton (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Junction City (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Taylor (GA)
      Mauk (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 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 Smiths:

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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Find a Community located in Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Smiths and then turned east". While Smiths could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Smiths as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Smiths could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Smiths.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Smiths. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smiths) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Smiths. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smiths

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<3>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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<4>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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smiths.


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