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Smith Shores, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smith Shores ...

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 Shores (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 Shores. 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 Shores ...

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 Shores.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smith Shores: Smith Shrs.

Newspapers Published in Smith Shores ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith Shores.

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

Cemeteries Near Smith Shores ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Warrenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Street Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Guntersville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Street Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Ridgway Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Happy Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crestview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bodine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Honey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Abel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grassy Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Boyles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. High Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brashier Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Honeycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alder Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E King Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Panquin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nearen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Berry - Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Arab City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE High Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Albertville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cochrane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beech Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilliam Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ebell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Haney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Click 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>

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

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

Manchester   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Smith Shores
 - Manchester had a post office and no railroad service
Diamond   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smith Shores
 - Diamond had a post office and no railroad service
Guntersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Smith Shores
 - 1895 population of 471 people (with 8,437 people in 2016)
 - Guntersville had a post office and no railroad service
Sidney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Smith Shores
 - Sidney had a post office and no railroad service
Street - Historic   [Map]
 - While Street was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smith Shores
 - Street had a post office and no railroad service
North - Historic   [Map]
 - While North was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smith Shores
 - North had a post office and no railroad service
Grassy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Smith Shores
 - Grassy had a post office and no railroad service
Henryville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smith Shores
 - Henryville 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 Smith Shores. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smith Shores 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 southeast 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 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 east 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 Shores is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Smith Shores)
      Mill Village   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arab   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Smith Shores:

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

The official website for Marshall County: www.marshallco.org/www/

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 in Smith Shores. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smith Shores) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3601, Longitude: -86.3486     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith Shores 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 Smith Shores, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smith Shores.