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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 44 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 28 miles [45.1 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 &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Watch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Newton - Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Meek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Suggs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Free Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sycamore Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Ingram - Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rhodes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cossart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Champagnole - Castleberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Galilee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cathey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Langford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Norphlet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rest Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Beulah Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hillsboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Urbana Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tatum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hardin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Parkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Golden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Parkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Primm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goodwin 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 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.

El Dorado   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 455 people (with 18,030 people in 2017)
 - El Dorado had a post office and no railroad service
Champagnolle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Champagnolle had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Hillsboro had a post office and no railroad service
Caledonia   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Caledonia had a post office and no railroad service
Wesson   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - Wesson had a post office and no railroad service
Cornie   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - Cornie had a post office and no railroad service
New London   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - New London had a post office and no railroad service
Little Bay   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Little Bay 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/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 northeast 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 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 east 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 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 Smithville. For each of these counties/parishes, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Smithville:

Union     (The home county for Smithville)
      Perdue City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Crain City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lawson   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      El Dorado   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Calion   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Norphlet   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Urbana   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sandy Land   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dumas City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Smackover   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Strong   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lisbon   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scotland   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Crossett   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crossett   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meridian   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Crossett   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jersey   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hermitage   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Farmville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sumpter   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Long View Ferry   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Warren   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hampton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harrell   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shumaker   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tinsman   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thornton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emerson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McNeil   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      College Hill   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Joyce City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Louann   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pace City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullendale   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Camden   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stephens   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bearden   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bragg City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Claiborne (LA)
      Junction City (LA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Summerfield (LA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lisbon (LA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haynesville (LA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Homer (LA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (LA)
      Hico (LA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dubach (LA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Union (LA)
      Spearsville (LA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lillie (LA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bernice (LA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marion (LA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Farmerville (LA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Haile (LA)   [Map]   SE   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 either 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 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    

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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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 Union County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from 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: 33.2251, Longitude: -92.5749     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithville 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 Smithville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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