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Smith, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Smith ...

So far, we have found very little information about Smith. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Smith to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Smith, please Contact Us.

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 (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. 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 Smith ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smith, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smith.

Cemeteries Near Smith ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smith.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scharnagle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW J.R. Swinney Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Edgar Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fortner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bear Creek #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dime Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chestnut Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Cleveland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Factory Cemetery   [Map]     
  S John Bull Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Tree Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ESE Posey Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lower Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Corinth Heights Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Orange Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Orange Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cochran Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burnt House Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ireland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Friendship 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.

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

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

Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smith
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smith
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smith
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Bear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Smith
 - Bear Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Goddard   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Smith
 - Goddard had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Hackleburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smith
 - Hackleburg had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smith
 - Haleyville 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smith 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Smith is historic, it would have been located within present day Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Smith)
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Russellville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Smith:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3715, Longitude: -87.7189     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smith.