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Smithdale, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smithdale ...

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 Smithdale (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 Smithdale. 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 Smithdale ...

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 Smithdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithdale, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithdale.

Cemeteries Near Smithdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithdale.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Cullman City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Bernard Abbey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Vinemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Baldwin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Baldwin Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Missionary Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Spitznagl Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE East Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Flint Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bethsadia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pfiel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crosses Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hartwic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Simcoe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brindley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Emeus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shedd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sharon Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Welti Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Powells Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hamby Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethlehem West Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Central Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bowmans Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lawrence Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Etha Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eva Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW East Battleground Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crosby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCroskey 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 Smithdale in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smithdale.

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

Cullman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Smithdale
 - 1895 population of 1,017 people (with 15,496 people in 2016)
 - Cullman had a post office and railroad service
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smithdale
 - Baldwin had railroad service and no post office
Phelan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithdale
 - Phelan had railroad service and no post office
Wilhites   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithdale
 - Wilhites had railroad service and no post office
Simcoe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smithdale
 - Simcoe had a post office and no railroad service
Trimble   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithdale
 - Trimble had a post office and no railroad service
Logan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smithdale
 - Logan had a post office and no railroad service
Eva   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smithdale
 - Eva 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 Smithdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithdale 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Smithdale is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for Smithdale)
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      South Vinemont   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Craig   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Smithdale:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert 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    
Lawrence 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      
Marshall 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Smithdale. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smithdale) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2007, Longitude: -86.8597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithdale 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 Smithdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smithdale.