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Our Genealogy Helper for Smith ...

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 (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. 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.

Smith is located in Bell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bell County: Burnet, Coryell, Falls, Lampasas, McLennan, Milam & Williamson.

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

  DirDistance
Bell     (The home county for Smith)
  Temple   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Heidenheimer   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Little River-Academy   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Little River   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Academy   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Belton   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sparks   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pendleton   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Morgan's Point Resort   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Troy   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rogers   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Holland   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Burnet
  Briggs   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Coryell
  The Grove   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Mason Crossing - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Flat   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Leon Junction   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Oglesby   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mound   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Comanche Village I   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Comanche Village II   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Elijah Village   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Comanche Village III   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montague Village   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Falls
  Zipperlandville - Historic   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lott   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rosebud   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Chilton   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Golinda   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Satin   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Highbank   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marlin   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Reagan   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Perry   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Lampasas
  Kempner   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
McLennan
  Eddy   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Moody   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bruceville-Eddy   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Bruceville   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lorena   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  McGregor   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hewitt   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Robinson   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodway   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crawford   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Beverly Hills   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Waco   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Milam
  Val Verde   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Buckholts   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Davilla   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Baileyville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Maysfield   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Thorndale   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crossroads   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rockdale   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Robertson
  Bremond   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Calvert   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Williamson
  Schwertner   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jarrell   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Granger   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Walburg   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hoxie   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Weir   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Florence   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Serenada   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sun City   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Thrall   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Georgetown   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Smith ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smith, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smith.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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:

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 Bell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Burnet County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Coryell County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Falls County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lampasas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
McLennan County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Milam County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Robertson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Williamson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smith.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Taylors Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Flock Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Ferguson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lancaster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wedel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W East Belton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Dyess Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W North Belton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W South Belton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reeds Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bellwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Center Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dyess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Seaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Volo Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pendleton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bell Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Post Oak 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 in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smith.

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

Heidenheimer   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smith
 - Heidenheimer had a post office and railroad service
 
Temple   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 4,047 people (with 76,256 people in 2018)
 - Temple had a post office and railroad service
 
Little River   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Smith
 - Little River had a post office and railroad service
 
Belton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 3,000 people (with 22,222 people in 2018)
 - Belton had a post office and railroad service
 
Seaton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Smith
 - Seaton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Oenaville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Oenaville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pendleton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Smith
 - Pendleton had railroad service and no post office
 
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smith
 - 1895 population of 219 people (with 1,997 people in 2018)
 - Troy 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smith in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Bell County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bell County: www.bellcountytx.com/

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) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0555, Longitude: -97.3514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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