South Fort Smith, Arkansas
Our Genealogical Helper for South Fort 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 South Fort 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 South Fort 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.
Name Variations for South Fort Smith ...
When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.
Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with South Fort Smith.
- Typical abbreviation for South Fort Smith: S. Ft. Smith (or less commonly used: S. Frt. Smith)
Newspapers Published in South Fort 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 149 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Fort Smith.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Fort Smith, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Fort Smith.
Cemeteries Near South Fort Smith ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Fort 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 South Fort Smith covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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 South Fort Smith in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Fort Smith.
These communities are listed based on their distance from South Fort Smith, with the one closest to South Fort Smith listed first.
| Cavanaugh [Map] |
| - || Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from South Fort Smith |
| - || Cavanaugh had a post office and no railroad service |
| Buell [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Fort Smith |
| - || Buell had a post office and no railroad service |
| Fort Smith [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from South Fort Smith |
| - || 1895 population of 11,311 people (with 88,037 people in 2017) |
| - || Fort Smith had a post office and railroad service |
| Crescent [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Fort Smith |
| - || Crescent had a post office and no railroad service |
| Massard [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Fort Smith |
| - || Massard had a post office and no railroad service |
| Enterprise [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Fort Smith |
| - || 1895 population of 25 people |
| - || Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service |
| Barling [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from South Fort Smith |
| - || Barling had a post office and no railroad service |
| Jenny Lind [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Fort Smith |
| - || Jenny Lind 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 South Fort Smith. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Fort Smith 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 doctors and 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.
Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 South Fort Smith:
These websites are specific to Arkansas:
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 Sebastian County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Arkansas:
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.
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from South Fort Smith. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Fort Smith) to Point B.|
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Fort Smith. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3315, Longitude: -94.4010 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for South Fort 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: findagrave.com.|
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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 South Fort Smith, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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