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Our Genealogical Helper for Smeltzer ...

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 Smeltzer (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 Smeltzer. 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 Smeltzer ...

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 104 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smeltzer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smeltzer, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smeltzer.

Cemeteries Near Smeltzer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smeltzer.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Grace Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gill Crawford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Gills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stevenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dobbs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Old Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Byers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Newlon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Forest Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oliver Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peevyhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rose Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. McCurry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gregory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sarah Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Real Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wynn Graveyard   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ft. Smith National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mc Allister Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Twelve Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Deans Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spears Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Allison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barling Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Laura A Nolan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE White & Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mayberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Island Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Arbuckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Czarnikow 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 Smeltzer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smeltzer.

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

Van Buren   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smeltzer
 - 1895 population of 2,291 people (with 23,509 people in 2017)
 - Van Buren had a post office and railroad service
Catcher   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smeltzer
 - Catcher had a post office and no railroad service
Alma   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smeltzer
 - 1895 population of 486 people (with 5,738 people in 2017)
 - Alma had a post office and railroad service
Rudy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smeltzer
 - Rudy had a post office and railroad service
Fort Smith   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smeltzer
 - 1895 population of 11,311 people (with 88,037 people in 2017)
 - Fort Smith had a post office and railroad service
Massard   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smeltzer
 - Massard had a post office and no railroad service
Haroldton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smeltzer
 - Haroldton had a post office and no railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Smeltzer
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Barling   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Smeltzer
 - Barling 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 Smeltzer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smeltzer 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Smeltzer is located in Crawford County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crawford County: Franklin, Madison, Sebastian, Washington, Adair (OK), Le Flore (OK) & Sequoyah (OK).

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

Crawford     (The home county for Smeltzer)
      Van Buren   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wright Town   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alma   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kibler   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rudy   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedarville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dyer   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mulberry   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Natural Dam   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Branch   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Felkner Town   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Webb City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Altus   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Denning   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wiederkehr Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alix   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal Hill   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Batson   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartman   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ratcliff   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Caulksville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carbon City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booneville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paris   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Golden City - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Magazine   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cotton Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Subiaco   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Combs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bates   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waldron   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Smith   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Barling   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lavaca   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Chaffee   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ursula   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bonanza   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hackett   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midland   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mansfield   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Strickler   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Winslow   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Skylight   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morrow   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dutch Mills   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canehill   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Fork   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hazel Valley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Prairie Grove   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Adair (OK)
      Bell (OK)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Salem (OK)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greasy (OK)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cherry Tree (OK)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Zion (OK)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bunch (OK)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lyons (OK)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stilwell (OK)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairfield (OK)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marietta (OK)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peavine (OK)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Peavine (OK)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Cherokee (OK)
      Dry Creek (OK)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Caney Ridge (OK)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cookson (OK)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tenkiller (OK)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carters Landing (OK)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haskell (OK)
      Keota (OK)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tamaha (OK)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Le Flore (OK)
      Arkoma (OK)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pocola (OK)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Coffee (OK)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock Island (OK)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spiro (OK)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cameron (OK)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Panama (OK)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cowlington (OK)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shady Point (OK)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bokoshe (OK)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Poteau (OK)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Monroe (OK)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Sequoyah (OK)
      Moffett (OK)   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Roland (OK)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Short (OK)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Remy (OK)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belfonte (OK)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Long (OK)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Muldrow (OK)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stoney Point (OK)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Akins (OK)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gans (OK)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brushy (OK)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brent (OK)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 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 Smeltzer:

These websites are specific to Arkansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Arkansas History Commission

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Arkansas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Crawford County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Johnson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sebastian County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Adair County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haskell County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Le Flore County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sequoyah County (OK):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Crawford County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Crawford 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 Arkansas
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Arkansas

About Crawford County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Crawford County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smeltzer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.4579, Longitude: -94.3113     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smeltzer 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:

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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 Smeltzer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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