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Our Genealogical Helper for Smithville ...

So far, we have found very little information about Smithville. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Smithville to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Smithville, please Contact Us.




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 Smithville (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 Smithville. 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 Smithville ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithville, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithville.

Cemeteries Near Smithville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithville.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sweet Moments Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Log Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woods Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SW Nober Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Clarks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Culberhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reliford Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Finch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Finch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Browns Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rock Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Pine Knot Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pruets Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ransom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nettleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Upper Cane Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Linwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Rains Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lower Cane Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lake City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lorado Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


       

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.

While we didn't find Smithville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smithville.

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

Brookland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 1,509 people (with 3,316 people in 2017)
 - Brookland had a post office and railroad service
 
Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Bethel had a post office and railroad service
 
Finch   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smithville
 - Finch had a post office and no railroad service
 
Nettleton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - Nettleton had a post office and railroad service
 
Lake City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smithville
 - Lake City had a post office and no railroad service
 
Paragould   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 1,666 people (with 28,488 people in 2017)
 - Paragould had a post office and railroad service
 
Lorado   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithville
 - Lorado had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 2,065 people (with 75,866 people in 2017)
 - Jonesboro 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 Smithville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithville 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Smithville is historic, it would have been located within present day Craighead County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Craighead County: Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett & Dunklin (MO).

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

  DirectionDistance
Craighead     (The home county for Smithville)
      Brookland   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Philadelphia   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jonesboro   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Monette   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bay   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bono   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Caraway   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cash   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Clay
      Peach Orchard   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Knobel   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rector   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corning   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Datto   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenway   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bell City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McDougal   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nimmons   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Success   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Piggott   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Crittenden
      Gilmore   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heafer   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cross
      Bay Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Twist   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Greene
      Pine Knot   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Paragould   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Walcott   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Grove Heights   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Light   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beech Grove   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lafe   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Marmaduke   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Delaplaine   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Jackson
      Swifton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grubbs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tuckerman   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Balch   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Amagon   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lawrence
      Sedgwick   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Walnut Ridge   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      College City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hoxie   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Minturn   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Portia   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black Rock   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Powhatan   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Imboden   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Mississippi
      Leachville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Manila   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Etowah   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      West Ridge   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dell   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stark City   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dyess   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Keiser   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gosnell   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Denwood   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Poinsett
      Trumann   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rivervale   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lepanto   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harrisburg   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alto   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marked Tree   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weiner   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tyronza   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waldenburg   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black Oak   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fisher   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Randolph
      O'Kean   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reyno   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Biggers   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pocahontas   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Maynard   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dunklin (MO)
      Cardwell (MO)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arbyrd (MO)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hornersville (MO)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Senath (MO)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rives (MO)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kennett (MO)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White Oak (MO)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pemiscot (MO)
      Gobler (MO)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holland (MO)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Steele (MO)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer websites 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 Smithville:

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 Craighead County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crittenden County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cross County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mississippi County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Poinsett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunklin County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pemiscot County (MO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community within Arkansas

About Craighead County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Craighead County: www.craigheadcounty.org/

The official website for State of Arkansas: www.arkansas.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>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 Smithville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Smithville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smithville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9292, Longitude: -90.5551     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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