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Our Genealogy Helper for Smith Grove ...

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 Smith Grove (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 Smith Grove. 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 Smith Grove ...

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 Smith Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smith Grove: Smith Grv.

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.

Smith Grove is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Leon, Madison, Trinity & Walker.

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

  DirDistance
Houston     (The home county for Smith Grove)
  Lovelady   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Crockett   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Austonio   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Latexo   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Kennard   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fog Town   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harrison Town   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ratcliff   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Halls Bluff Town - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grapeland   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bluff City - Historic   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Anderson
  Mound City   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Salmon   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Slocum   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Alderbranch   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lakeview Assembly   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Angelina
  Redtown   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Diboll   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Peavy   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rutland   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burke   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pollok   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hudson   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Providence   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shady Grove   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Durant   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Woodlawn   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Central   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clawson   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cherokee
  Weeping Mary   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Forest   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wells   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Alto   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Leon
  Russell   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Leona   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Madison
  Midway   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Madisonville   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Polk
  Onalaska   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bold Springs   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Corrigan   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Skinner Town   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Seven Oaks   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Leggett   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Livingston   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
San Jacinto
  Oakhurst   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pointblank   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Laurel Hill   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coldspring   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Trinity
  Pennington   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mill Town   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Trinity   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Groveton   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lacy   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Center Point - Historic   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sumpter - Historic   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Centralia   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Woodlake   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Helmic   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Apple Springs   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Walker
  Kittrell   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dodge   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Huntsville   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wesley Grove   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Smith Grove ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smith Grove, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smith Grove.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 Smith Grove:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.tsl.texas.gov/

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anderson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Angelina County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cherokee County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Leon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Madison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
San Jacinto County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Trinity County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Walker County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Houston County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Texas, for Houston 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 Smith Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smith Grove.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Cal Wooten Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S White Rock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fodice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rockland Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Prairie Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reed Sunshine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Clapp Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ellis Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hunley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Saron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boontown 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 Smith Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smith Grove.

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

Holly   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smith Grove
 - Holly had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lovelady   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smith Grove
 - 1895 population of 416 people (with 635 people in 2018)
 - Lovelady had a post office and railroad service
 
Antioch - Historic   [Map]
 - While Antioch was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smith Grove
 - Antioch had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pennington   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smith Grove
 - 1895 population of 372 people
 - Pennington had a post office and no railroad service
 
Saron   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smith Grove
 - Saron had railroad service and no post office
 
Trinity   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Smith Grove
 - 1895 population of 856 people (with 2,771 people in 2018)
 - Trinity had a post office and railroad service
 
Crockett   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smith Grove
 - 1895 population of 1,445 people (with 6,532 people in 2018)
 - Crockett had a post office and railroad service
 
Groveton   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smith Grove
 - 1895 population of 1,076 people (with 1,036 people in 2018)
 - Groveton 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 Smith Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smith Grove in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Texas

About Houston County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

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- Smith Grove) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith Grove. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1391, Longitude: -95.3855     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith Grove 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 Smith Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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