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Our Genealogy Helper for Small ...

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 Small (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 Small. 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 northwest 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 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.

Small is located in Van Zandt County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Van Zandt County: Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Smith & Wood.

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

Van Zandt     (The home county for Small)
  Edgewood   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Fruitvale   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Grand Saline   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wills Point   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Canton   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Van   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ben Wheeler   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Edom   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Josephine   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lavon   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Copeville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Seagoville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Needmore   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Klondike   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Eustace   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Murchison   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brownsboro   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gun Barrel City   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Payne Springs   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Seven Points   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Enchanted Oaks   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Leagueville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Log Cabin   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chandler   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tool   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Caney City   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bonanza   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Miller Grove   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Divide   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Palestine   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Brashear   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cumby   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Black Oak   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Como   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sulphur Springs   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pickton   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dike   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  West Tawakoni   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hawk Cove   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lone Oak   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Quinlan   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Weiland   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Union Valley   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Greenville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hendrix   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Caddo Mills   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Neylandville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Commerce   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jacobia   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ables Springs   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elmo   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  College Mound   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oak Ridge   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Terrell   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lawrence   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Post Oak Bend City   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kaufman   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lone Star   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kemp   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mabank   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Talty   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Emory   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Point   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  East Tawakoni   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  McLendon-Chisholm   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Royse City   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fate   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mobile City   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Heath   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rockwall   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hideaway   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lindale   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alba   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gunter   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Golden   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Yantis   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mineola   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Quitman   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coke   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Winnsboro   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hawkins   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Small ...

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 74 newspapers that have been published in the area around Small.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Small, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Small.

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 - 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 Small:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

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

These pages are specific to Van Zandt County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Collin County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Delta County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County:     Cyndi's



Hopkins County:     Cyndi's



Hunt County:     Cyndi's



Kaufman County:     Cyndi's



Rains County:     Cyndi's



Rockwall County:     Cyndi's



Smith County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Cemeteries Near Small ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Small.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tooms Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morince Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Ellis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Trumble Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bright Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Rocky Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bishop Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Smyrna Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rocky Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW White Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rock Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bratcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rodgers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Shook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Danley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Grovel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forbis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prospect 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 Small in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Small.

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

Edgewood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Small
 - 1895 population of 108 people (with 1,506 people in 2018)
 - Edgewood had a post office and railroad service
Wills Point   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Small
 - 1895 population of 1,025 people (with 3,665 people in 2018)
 - Wills Point had a post office and railroad service
Grand Saline   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Small
 - Grand Saline had a post office and railroad service
Myrtle Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Small
 - Myrtle Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Emory   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Small
 - 1895 population of 353 people (with 1,338 people in 2018)
 - Emory had a post office and railroad service
Point   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Small
 - Point had a post office and railroad service
Canton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Small
 - 1895 population of 421 people (with 3,869 people in 2018)
 - Canton had a post office and no railroad service
Alba   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Small
 - Alba had railroad service and no post office
Silver Lake   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Small
 - Silver Lake 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 Small. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Small in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Van Zandt County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Small. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7451, Longitude: -95.8519     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Small 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 Small, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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