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Smiths Chapel, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smiths Chapel ...

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 Chapel (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 Chapel. 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 Chapel ...

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 Chapel.

  • While the name of this community is Smiths Chapel, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Smiths Chapel may originally have been Smith's Chapel.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Smiths Chapel might be written as Smith Chapel.

Newspapers Published in Smiths Chapel ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smiths Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smiths Chapel, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smiths Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Smiths Chapel ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Myrtletree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red Apple Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Walls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Memorial Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Albertville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Oak 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 Smiths Chapel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smiths Chapel.

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

Haworth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haworth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smiths Chapel
 - Haworth had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Zion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smiths Chapel
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Fenton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Smiths Chapel
 - Fenton had a post office and no railroad service
Mountainboro   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smiths Chapel
 - Mountainboro had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smiths Chapel
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Duck Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smiths Chapel
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Duck Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smiths Chapel
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Rains - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rains was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Smiths Chapel
 - Rains 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 Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smiths Chapel 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.

Smiths Chapel is located in 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 Chapel. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Smiths Chapel:

Etowah     (The home county for Smiths Chapel)
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Chapel:

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    

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 ...

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About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1765, Longitude: -86.0655     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Chapel 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 Smiths Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smiths Chapel.