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Smithson, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smithson ...

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 Smithson (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 Smithson. 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 Smithson ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithson, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithson.

Cemeteries Near Smithson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  SE Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Virginia Mines 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 Smithson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smithson.

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

Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithson
 - Bamford had a post office and no railroad service
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smithson
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithson
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,511 people in 2016)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smithson
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithson
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smithson
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smithson
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Smithson
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithson
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Smithson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithson 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.

Smithson is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Smithson)
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 helpful websites 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 Smithson:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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 Smithson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smithson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3098, Longitude: -86.9525     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithson 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 Smithson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smithson.