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Smileyville, Kansas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Smileyville ...

Although we found mention of Smileyville during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Smileyville was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists..

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 Smileyville (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Smileyville. 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.

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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Smileyville is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Chase, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harvey, Marion, Sedgwick & Sumner.

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

Butler     (The home county for Smileyville)
  Bloomington   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<2>
  Gordon   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Douglass   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pickrell Corner   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Salter   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Leon   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Latham   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rose Hill   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lorena   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Keighley   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Vale   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wauneta   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rock   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Wilmot   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Floral   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  New Salem   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Burden   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Udall   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Tisdale   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kellogg   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Grenola   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Howard   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Moline   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fiat   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elk Falls   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Severy   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Climax   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eureka   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Annelly   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McLains   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sedgwick   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Burns   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mulvane   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Derby   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eastborough   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Wego-Waco   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Greenwich   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Haysville   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bel Aire   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wichita   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Peck   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cow Town   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kechi   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oatville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Roland   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mayfield   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Smileyville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smileyville.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Smileyville covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Muqbra Muslim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW High Prairie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Lone Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Widener Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Douglass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Stalter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bogle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NW Haskin Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Golden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Richland Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Smileyville ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smileyville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smileyville, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smileyville.

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.<4>

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

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

Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Gordon had a post office and railroad service
Douglass   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 737 people (with 1,662 people in 2018)
 - Douglass had a post office and railroad service
Rock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 123 people
 - Rock had a post office and railroad service
Atlanta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 275 people (with 185 people in 2018)
 - Atlanta had a post office and railroad service
Wilmot   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Wilmot had a post office and railroad service
Wingate   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smileyville
 - Wingate had railroad service and no post office
Haverhill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Haverhill had a post office and railroad service
Floral   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Floral had a post office and railroad service
Augusta   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smileyville
 - 1895 population of 1,343 people (with 9,342 people in 2018)
 - Augusta 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 Smileyville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smileyville in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - you should note 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 Smileyville:

These websites are specific to Kansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Kansas Historical Society

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Kansas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Chautauqua County:     Cyndi's



Cowley County:     Cyndi's



Elk County:     Cyndi's



Greenwood County:     Cyndi's



Harvey County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Sedgwick County:     Cyndi's



Sumner County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Kansas,
Cemeteries of Butler County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Kansas   Cemetery Wiki for Kansas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Kansas, for Butler 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 Kansas
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Kansas

About Butler County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Butler County:

The official website for State of Kansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Smileyville and then turned east". While Smileyville could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Smileyville as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Smileyville could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Kansas community named Smileyville.

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Smileyville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smileyville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smileyville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5197, Longitude: -96.8809     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smileyville 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:

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<4>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 Smileyville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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