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Our Genealogical Helper for Smithville ...

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 8 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 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. 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]  
  NNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blanton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sulphur Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Slaughter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Hosston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bradley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walnut Hill 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 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.

Missionary (LA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithville
 - Missionary had a post office and no railroad service
 
Frog Level (LA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Frog Level was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - Frog Level had a post office and no railroad service
 
Era - Historic   [Map]
 - While Era was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Smithville
 - Era had a post office and no railroad service
 
Arkana (LA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smithville
 - Arkana had a post office and no railroad service
 
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bradley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smithville
 - Bradley had railroad service and no post office
 
Boggy   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Smithville
 - Boggy had a post office and no railroad service
 
Garfield (LA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Garfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - Garfield 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 Smithville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithville 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

Smithville is located in Miller County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Miller County: Hempstead, Lafayette, Little River, Bossier (LA), Caddo (LA), Bowie (TX) & Cass (TX).

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

  DirectionDistance
Miller     (The home county for Smithville)
      Doddridge   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Capps City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fouke   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rondo   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Texarkana   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Columbia
      Taylor   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Emerson   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Hempstead
      Patmos   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Lafayette
      Gin City   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Walnut Hill   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kress City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McKamie   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lewisville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stamps   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buckner   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Little River
      Ogden   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Bossier (LA)
      Plain Dealing (LA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Benton (LA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Parkland Village (LA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Espanita Village (LA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Chute (LA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bossier City (LA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eastwood (LA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Princeton (LA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Caddo (LA)
      Ida (LA)   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rodessa (LA)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hosston (LA)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vivian (LA)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gilliam (LA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belcher (LA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oil City (LA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mooringsport (LA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blanchard (LA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Longwood Village (LA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Normandy Village (LA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shreveport (LA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Claiborne (LA)
      Dykesville (LA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Webster (LA)
      Springhill (LA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullen (LA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sarepta (LA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cotton Valley (LA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shongaloo (LA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Bowie (TX)
      Texarkana (TX)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wake Village (TX)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash (TX)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Redwater (TX)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maud (TX)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Lick (TX)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leary (TX)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Victory City (TX)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hooks (TX)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Redbank (TX)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cass (TX)
      Bloomburg (TX)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McLeod (TX)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Huffins (TX)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Atlanta (TX)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Queen City (TX)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bivins (TX)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Domino (TX)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kildare (TX)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Linden (TX)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douglassville (TX)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marietta (TX)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Harrison (TX)
      Uncertain (TX)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Karnack (TX)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pope City (TX)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodlawn (TX)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jonesville (TX)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marion (TX)
      Lodi (TX)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jefferson (TX)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kellyville (TX)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 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 first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 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 Miller County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hempstead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lafayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Little River County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bossier Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Caddo Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Claiborne Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster Parish (LA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bowie County (TX):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cass County (TX):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County (TX):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TX):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Miller County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Arkansas
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Arkansas
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Arkansas,     of Miller 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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Cities, Towns and Villages of Arkansas

About Miller County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Smithville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: 33.0540, Longitude: -93.8677     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithville 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 Smithville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smithville.



 
 
 

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