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Our Genealogical Helper for Smith 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 Smith 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 Smith 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.

Newspapers Published in Smith 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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smith Chapel, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smith Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Smith Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smith 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 Smith Chapel covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McElroy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Gatlen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Barnishaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yarbo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Stanley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Cogbill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Hawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dorriss Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wynne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beazley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE New Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harefarm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Maria 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 Smith Chapel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smith Chapel.

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

Colt   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smith Chapel
 - Colt had a post office and railroad service
Wynne   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smith Chapel
 - 1895 population of 565 people (with 7,962 people in 2017)
 - Wynne had a post office and railroad service
Caldwell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smith Chapel
 - 1895 population of 25 people (with 485 people in 2017)
 - Caldwell had a post office and railroad service
Hamlin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smith Chapel
 - Hamlin had a post office and railroad service
Newcastle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smith Chapel
 - Newcastle had a post office and no railroad service
Wittsburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wittsburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smith Chapel
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Wittsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Levesque   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smith Chapel
 - Levesque had a post office and railroad service
Forrest City   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smith Chapel
 - 1895 population of 1,021 people (with 14,291 people in 2017)
 - Forrest City 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 Smith Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smith 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 southeast 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 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.

Smith Chapel is located in Cross County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cross County: Crittenden, Jackson, Poinsett, Saint Francis & Woodruff.

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

Cross     (The home county for Smith Chapel)
      Wynne   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Vanndale   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Parkin   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hickory Ridge   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bay Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Twist   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Earle   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jennette   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Proctor   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Anthonyville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crawfordsville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Edmondson   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heafer   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Amanca   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jericho   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turrell   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Horseshoe Lake   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilmore   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gourd Neck   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beedeville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Tupelo   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Algoa   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Balch   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weldon   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Amagon   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grubbs   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Island Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newport   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Diaz   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haynes   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brickeys   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moro   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marianna   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaGrange   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Phillips Bayou   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Birdsong   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Denwood   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fargo   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brinkley   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turkey Scratch   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lexa   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fisher   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waldenburg   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tyronza   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trumann   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alto   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Little Dixie   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sand Hill   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Biscoe   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Des Arc   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Francis
      Colt   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Forrest City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Palestine   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Widener   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Goodwin   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Heth   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wheatley   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hughes   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Russell   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hunter   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McCrory   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howell   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Patterson   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cotton Plant   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
DeSoto (MS)
      Newport (MS)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Memphis (MS)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Cross County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mississippi County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Phillips County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prairie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Francis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Woodruff County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeSoto County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Cross County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas

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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Cross County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.1640, Longitude: -90.8471     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith 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:

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

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