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Smetana, Texas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Smetana ...

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 Smetana (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 Smetana. 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 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.

Smetana is located in Brazos County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Brazos County: Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson & Washington.

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

Brazos     (The home county for Smetana)
  Bryan   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Rye - Historic   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Boonville   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  College Station   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Wixon Valley   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Wellborn   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kurten   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Millican   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Allen Farm   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  New Wehdem   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Snook   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Caldwell   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clay   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lyons   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Chriesman   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Scofield - Historic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Frenstat   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Deanville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Carmine   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ledbetter   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Iola   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Navasota   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Anderson   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Roans Prairie   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bedias   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Shiro   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Richards   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dime Box   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hilltop Lakes   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Normangee   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Flynn   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Zulch - Historic   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  North Zulch   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Madisonville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gause   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Port Sullivan - Historic   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Milano   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Maysfield   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Crossroads   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rockdale   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Baileyville   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mumford   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Wheelock   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hearne   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Calvert   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Baden   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Owensville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ridge   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bremond   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wesley Grove   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Independence   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Gay Hill   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Washington - Historic   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Graball - Historic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brenham   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Burton   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  La Bahia   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chappell Hill   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wesley   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Smetana ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smetana.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smetana, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smetana.

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 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 Smetana:

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 Brazos County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Austin County:     Cyndi's



Burleson County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Grimes County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Leon County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Milam County:     Cyndi's



Robertson County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smetana.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Gilmore Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Rest Ever Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Draper Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Newsome Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Brazos Bottom Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mumford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Carr Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Evangelical UCC Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Salem Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Cooks Point Brethren Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE College Station Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Settlement Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Teals Prairie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Galloway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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 Smetana in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smetana.

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

Bryan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Smetana
 - 1895 population of 2,979 people (with 85,445 people in 2018)
 - Bryan had a post office and railroad service
Benchley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Smetana
 - Benchley had a post office and railroad service
Tunis   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smetana
 - 1895 population of 187 people
 - Tunis had a post office and no railroad service
Mumford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smetana
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Mumford had a post office and railroad service
Cooks Point   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smetana
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Cooks Point had a post office and no railroad service
College Station   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smetana
 - 1895 population of 391 people (with 116,218 people in 2018)
 - College Station had a post office and railroad service
Harvey   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Smetana
 - Harvey had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smetana
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Smetana. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smetana in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Texas

About Brazos County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Brazos County:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Smetana) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smetana. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6521, Longitude: -96.4572     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smetana 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 Smetana, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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