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Smelley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smelley ...

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 Smelley (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 Smelley. 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 Smelley ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smelley.

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

Cemeteries Near Smelley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smelley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Germany Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Moberley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Smelley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Horns Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Harvell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Mardisville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stockdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Seay Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Needmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Armbrester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clairmont Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allen - Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Smelley had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rendalia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smelley
 - Rendalia had a post office and railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Smelley
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Waldo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smelley
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 276 people in 2016)
 - Waldo had a post office and no railroad service
Berney's   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Smelley
 - Berney's had a post office and railroad service
Talladega   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Smelley
 - 1895 population of 2,063 people (with 15,451 people in 2016)
 - Talladega had a post office and railroad service
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smelley
 - Hatchet Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smelley
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton had a post office and railroad service
Nottingham - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nottingham was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smelley
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Nottingham had a post office and no railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smelley
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sycamore 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 Smelley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smelley 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 hospitals and 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.

Smelley is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Smelley)
      Waldo   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Smelley:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers 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    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Talladega County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Talladega 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smelley ...

While our initial data for Smelley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Smelley in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Smelley.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Smelley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Smelley.
      See our Misc Page for Smelley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance from Smelley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smelley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smelley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3340, Longitude: -86.0772     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smelley 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Smelley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smelley.