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Smiths Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smiths Crossroads ...

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 Crossroads (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 Crossroads. 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 Crossroads ...

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 Crossroads.

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

Newspapers Published in Smiths Crossroads ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smiths Crossroads.

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

Cemeteries Near Smiths Crossroads ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Seven Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [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 Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smiths Crossroads.

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

Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Smiths Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,277 people in 2016)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Laney   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smiths Crossroads
 - Laney had a post office and railroad service
Colvins Gap   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smiths Crossroads
 - Colvins Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Reaves   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Smiths Crossroads
 - Reaves had a post office and no railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smiths Crossroads
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Smiths Crossroads
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smiths Crossroads
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Smiths Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smiths Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 35,837 people in 2016)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Smiths Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke 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 Smiths Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smiths Crossroads 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 doctors 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 Crossroads 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 Crossroads. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Smiths Crossroads:

Etowah     (The home county for Smiths Crossroads)
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 Crossroads:

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    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Haralson 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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smiths Crossroads. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Smiths Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smiths Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9690, Longitude: -85.8847     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Crossroads 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 Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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