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Our Genealogical Helper for Smith ...

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 (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. 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 ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smith, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smith.

Cemeteries Near Smith ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smith.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cummings Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Galilee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Parkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morgan - Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Free Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beulah Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Golden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Watch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Beulah Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hardin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scotland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hillsboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ingram - Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goodwin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Brantley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newton - Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carroll Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Rest Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beulah Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Suggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Willie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Curtis Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rehobeth 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 in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smith.

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

Caledonia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Caledonia had a post office and no railroad service
El Dorado   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 455 people (with 18,030 people in 2017)
 - El Dorado had a post office and no railroad service
Wesson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smith
 - Wesson had a post office and no railroad service
Cornie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smith
 - Cornie had a post office and no railroad service
Blanchard Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blanchard Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 208 people
 - Blanchard Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Hillsboro had a post office and no railroad service
Wards Mill (LA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wards Mill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smith
 - Wards Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Three Creeks   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Three Creeks 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 Smith. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smith in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties/Parishes ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties/parishes.

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/parishes 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/parishes, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Smith is located in Union County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Union County: Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Columbia, Ouachita, Claiborne (LA), Morehouse (LA) & Union (LA).

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

Union     (The home county for Smith)
      El Dorado   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Junction City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Scotland   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lawson   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Perdue City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dumas City   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Urbana   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Norphlet   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crain City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lisbon   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sandy Land   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Calion   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Crossett   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crossett   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Meridian   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jersey   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hermitage   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Farmville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hampton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrell   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shumaker   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tinsman   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emerson   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McNeil   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      College Hill   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joyce City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Louann   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pace City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullendale   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stephens   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Camden   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bearden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Claiborne (LA)
      Junction City (LA)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Summerfield (LA)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lisbon (LA)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haynesville (LA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Homer (LA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sugar Creek (LA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dykesville (LA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Athens (LA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (LA)
      Hico (LA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dubach (LA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vienna (LA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Union (LA)
      Lillie (LA)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spearsville (LA)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bernice (LA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Farmerville (LA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion (LA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Haile (LA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Downsville (LA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Webster (LA)
      Shongaloo (LA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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:

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 Union County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Ashley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bradley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ouachita County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Claiborne Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Union Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Union County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Union 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arkansas

About Union County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Union County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1357, Longitude: -92.6502     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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