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Our Genealogy Helper for Smiley ...

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 Smiley (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 Smiley. 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Smiley is located in Gonzales County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Gonzales County: Bastrop, Caldwell, DeWitt, Fayette, Guadalupe, Karnes, Lavaca & Wilson.

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

Gonzales     (The home county for Smiley)
  Nixon   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Wrightsboro   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Bebe   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Leesville   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Dewville   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Monthalia - Historic   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Cost   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Cheapside   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Belmont   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Hamon   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Gonzales   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Ottine   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Glaze City   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Saint Hedwig   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Adkins   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Lone Oak   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Luling   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  McNeil   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Soda Springs   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Stairtown   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Prairie Lea   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Fentress   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Joliet   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Brownsboro   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Mineral Springs - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Tilmon   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Seawillow   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  McMahan   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Freiheit   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Westhoff   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Hochheim   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Yorktown   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Pearl City   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Nordheim   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Edgar   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Cuero   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Yoakum   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Meyersville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Terryville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Thomaston   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Weesatche   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Weser   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Ander   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Angel City   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Kilgore   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Jakes Colony   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Dugger   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Olmos - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Sweet Home   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Kingsbury   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Seguin   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Lauback   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Morrison Falls   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  New Berlin   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Zipp   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Muehlsville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Nolte   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  McQueeney   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Gillett   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Ecleto   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Helena   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Runge   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Panna Maria   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Falls City   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Hobson   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Karnes City   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Kenedy   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Coy City   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Shiner   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Sweet Home   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Moulton   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Hope   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Nursery   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Pandora   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Caddo   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Nockenut   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Denhawken   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Alum   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Stockdale   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Kosciusko   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Plummer Crossing - Historic   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Sutherland Springs   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Sunnyside   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Poth   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Grass Pond Colony - Historic   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  La Vernia   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Smiley ...

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 90 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smiley.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Smiley. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Smiley and those printed in the larger area surrounding Smiley.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> of Smiley.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Smiley:

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 Gonzales County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bexar County:     Cyndi's



Caldwell County:     Cyndi's



Comal County:     Cyndi's



DeWitt County:     Cyndi's



Goliad County:     Cyndi's



Guadalupe County:     Cyndi's



Karnes County:     Cyndi's



Lavaca County:     Cyndi's



Victoria County:     Cyndi's


Wilson County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

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 Smiley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smiley.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  SSW Smiley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Bundick Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Smiley Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  NNE Clabber Town Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  W Nixon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  ESE Sample Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Rancho Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Latin American Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  W Demmer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SSE Billings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Caraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  NW Askey 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Smiley had a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Smiley had a population of 566 people.

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

Wrightsboro   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smiley
 - 1895 population of 122 people
 - Wrightsboro had a post office and no railroad service
Westhoff   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smiley
 - Westhoff had railroad service and no post office
Leesville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Smiley
 - 1895 population of 345 people
 - Leesville had a post office and no railroad service
Union   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smiley
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Union had a post office and no railroad service
Cheapside   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the East (E) from Smiley
 - Cheapside had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Forest   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the North (N) from Smiley
 - Oak Forest had a post office and no railroad service
Nockenut   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smiley
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Nockenut had a post office and no railroad service
Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the North (N) from Smiley
 - 1895 population of 310 people
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Hamon   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smiley
 - Hamon 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 Smiley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smiley in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smiley ...

While our initial data about Smiley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Smiley in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Smiley.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Smiley:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Smiley in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Smiley for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Smiley. See our Misc Page for Smiley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Texas Community

About Gonzales County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smiley. 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smiley) 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 Smiley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smiley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.2694, Longitude: -97.6375     [Map].
<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:
<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 Smiley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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