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Smiths Bridge, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smiths Bridge ...

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

We've added Smiths Bridge to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Smiths Bridge, 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 Smiths Bridge (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 Bridge. 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 Smiths Bridge ...

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 Smiths Bridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smiths Bridge: Smiths Brg. (or less commonly used: Smiths Brdg. or Smiths Brdge.)
  • While the name of this community is Smiths Bridge, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Smiths Bridge may originally have been Smith's Bridge.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Smiths Bridge might be written as Smith Bridge.

Newspapers Published in Smiths Bridge ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smiths Bridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smiths Bridge, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smiths Bridge.

Cemeteries Near Smiths Bridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smiths Bridge.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ENE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old 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 Smiths Bridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smiths Bridge.

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

Yancy   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smiths Bridge
 - Yancy had a post office and no railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Smiths Bridge
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
Haworth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haworth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smiths Bridge
 - Haworth had a post office and no railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smiths Bridge
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Smiths Bridge
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smiths Bridge
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smiths Bridge
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smiths Bridge
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Smiths Bridge
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smiths Bridge
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown 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 Bridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smiths Bridge 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 and doctors 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Smiths Bridge)
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 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 Bridge:

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 Etowah 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    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Jackson 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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Bridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1529, Longitude: -85.9875     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Bridge 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 Smiths Bridge.