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Our Genealogy Helper for Smithland ...

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 Smithland (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 Smithland. 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/Parishes ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties/parishes.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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/parishes 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/parishes, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Smithland is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Caddo (LA), Cass, Harrison, Morris & Upshur.

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

Marion     (The home county for Smithland)
  Lodi   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Jefferson   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Kellyville   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Macedonia   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Maud   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Redwater   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Center Point - Historic   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  McLeod   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kildare   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Huffins   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bivins   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Linden   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bloomburg   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Queen City   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Avinger   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Douglassville   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hughes Springs   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Domino   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Judson   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Easton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Longview   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Seven Pines   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Uncertain   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Karnack   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pope City   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Woodlawn   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Scottsville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jonesville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Nesbitt   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Waskom   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harleton   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elysian Fields   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Morton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lone Star   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Daingerfield   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Naples   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cason   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Panola   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  De Berry   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Center Point - Historic   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tatum   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ore City   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Diana   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  James   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Lafayette (AR)
  Gin City (AR)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Walnut Hill (AR)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bradley (AR)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Miller (AR)
  Capps City (AR)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Doddridge (AR)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fouke (AR)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Bossier (LA)
  Benton (LA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Plain Dealing (LA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Parkland Village (LA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bossier City (LA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Red Chute (LA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Espanita Village (LA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eastwood (LA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Princeton (LA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Caddo (LA)
  Vivian (LA)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Oil City (LA)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rodessa (LA)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mooringsport (LA)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hosston (LA)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gilliam (LA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Belcher (LA)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ida (LA)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Blanchard (LA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Greenwood (LA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Longwood Village (LA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Western Hills Village (LA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Smithland ...

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 63 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithland, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithland.

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 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 Smithland:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bowie County:     Cyndi's



Camp County:     Cyndi's



Cass County:     Cyndi's



Gregg County:     Cyndi's



Harrison County:     Cyndi's



Morris County:     Cyndi's



Panola County:     Cyndi's



Rusk County:     Cyndi's



Upshur County:     Cyndi's



Lafayette County (AR):     Cyndi's



Miller County (AR):     Cyndi's



Bossier Parish (LA):     Cyndi's



Caddo Parish (LA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Marion 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Smithland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithland.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Moseley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Judea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Douglas Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Core Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Core Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rambo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Burks - Hart Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Monterey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Foundry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Hayner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baugass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whitaker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hope #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hope #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Good Exchange 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, Smithland had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lodi   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 106 people
 - Lodi had a post office and railroad service
Kildare   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 366 people
 - Kildare had a post office and railroad service
Garfield (LA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Garfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smithland
 - Garfield had a post office and no railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 3,072 people (with 1,961 people in 2018)
 - Jefferson had a post office and railroad service
Huffins   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Smithland
 - Huffins had a post office and no railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Black Bayou (LA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Black Bayou was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Smithland
 - Black Bayou had a post office and no railroad service
Lanier   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Lanier had a post office and no railroad service
Bivins   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 302 people
 - Bivins had a post office and railroad service
Kellyville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 279 people
 - Kellyville had a post office and no railroad service
Mooringsport (LA)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 765 people in 2018)
 - Mooringsport 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 Smithland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithland in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smithland ...

While our initial data about Smithland came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Smithland 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 Smithland.

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 Smithland:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Texas

About Marion County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smithland. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smithland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8140, Longitude: -94.1682     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithland 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 Smithland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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