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Our Genealogical Helper for Smyrna ...

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 Smyrna (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 Smyrna. 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 Smyrna ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smyrna.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smyrna, 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 Smyrna.

Cemeteries Near Smyrna ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smyrna.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Peeples Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wimbley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Clear Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Wier Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Antoine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Okolona Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McAlly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sloan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stroud Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Wingfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Callaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Straightway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Old Rome Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rome Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Humphrey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Delight Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rodgers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Golden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lee 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 Smyrna in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smyrna.

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

Clear Spring   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smyrna
 - Clear Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Okolona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Smyrna
 - 1895 population of 400 people (with 138 people in 2017)
 - Okolona had a post office and no railroad service
Antoine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smyrna
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 112 people in 2017)
 - Antoine had a post office and no railroad service
Dobyville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smyrna
 - Dobyville had a post office and no railroad service
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smyrna
 - 1895 population of 103 people
 - Hollywood had a post office and no railroad service
Bowen   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smyrna
 - Bowen had a post office and no railroad service
Alpine   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Smyrna
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - Alpine had a post office and no railroad service
Hearn - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hearn was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smyrna
 - Hearn had a post office and no railroad service
Gum Springs   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Smyrna
 - Gum Springs 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 Smyrna. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smyrna 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 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 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, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

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

Smyrna is located in Clark County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clark County: Dallas, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita & Pike.

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

Clark     (The home county for Smyrna)
      Okolona   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Curtis   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beirne   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gurdon   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Amity   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Caddo Valley   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Whelen Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Griffithtown   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sparkman   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pearcy   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Meyers   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Hamilton   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rockwell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Royal   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Piney   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hot Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Pine   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Price   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blevins   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      McCaskill   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tokio   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ozan   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Perrytown   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakhaven   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Washington   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hope   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McNab   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Patmos   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hot Spring
      Bismarck   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bonnerdale   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Donaldson   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lono   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Magnet Cove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Perla   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockport   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nashville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mineral Springs   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tollette   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saratoga   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dierks   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mazarn   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Caddo Gap   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Norman   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black Springs   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Ida   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cox Spring   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prescott   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Laneburg   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cale   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rosston   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bodcaw   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Willisville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reader - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chidester   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bragg City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Antoine   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Piney Grove   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Delight   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bowen   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pike City   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Billstown   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Caney Valley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kimberley   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Moriah   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Murfreesboro   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holly Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Smyrna:

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 Clark County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hempstead County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hot Spring County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Howard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ouachita County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
White County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Arkansas

About Clark County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clark County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Smyrna. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smyrna) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smyrna. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0623, Longitude: -93.3388     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smyrna 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 Smyrna, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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