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Smyer, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smyer ...

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 Smyer (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 Smyer. 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 Smyer ...

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 Smyer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smyer, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smyer.

Cemeteries Near Smyer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smyer.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bashan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tallahatta Cemetery for Blacks   [Map]     
  ENE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hatchet Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Huggins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW West Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ulcanush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Bell Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Putnam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Womack Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coffeeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kiels Cemetery   [Map]     
  S James Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Luker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bush 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 Smyer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smyer.

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

Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Smyer
 - Cunningham had a post office and no railroad service
Campbell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smyer
 - Campbell had a post office and no railroad service
McEntyre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smyer
 - McEntyre had a post office and no railroad service
Morvin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smyer
 - Morvin had a post office and no railroad service
West Bend   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smyer
 - West Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Putnam   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Smyer
 - Putnam had a post office and no railroad service
Tallahatta Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Smyer
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Tallahatta Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ararat   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smyer
 - Ararat had a post office and no railroad service
Womack Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smyer
 - 1895 population of 410 people
 - Womack Hill 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 Smyer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smyer 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.

Smyer is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Smyer)
      Campbell   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Silas   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millry   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coy   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 - 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 Smyer:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smyer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8935, Longitude: -88.0289     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smyer 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 Smyer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smyer.