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Our Genealogy Helper for Smithson Valley ...

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 Smithson Valley (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 Smithson Valley. 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 Smithson Valley ...

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 Smithson Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smithson Valley: Smithson Vly. (or less commonly used: Smithson Vally. or Smithson Vlly.)

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.

Smithson Valley is located in Comal County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Comal County: Bexar, Blanco, Guadalupe, Hays & Kendall.

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

  DirDistance
Comal     (The home county for Smithson Valley)
  Startzville   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Valley View   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Canyon Lake Forest   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Canyon Springs   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Westhaven   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Bulverde East - Historic   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Canyon Lake   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cranes Mill   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Spring Branch   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bulverde South - Historic   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bulverde   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Anhalt   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
 
Bandera
  Lakehills   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pipe Creek   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Bexar
  Timberwood Park   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Selma   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Live Oak   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wetmore   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hollywood Park   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Universal City   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Hill Country Village   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Airport City   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dominion   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fair Oaks Ranch   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Converse   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fratt - Historic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Blanco
  Twin Sisters   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Blanco   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Flugrath - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Johnson City   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hye   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sandy   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cypress Mill   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Round Mountain   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Caldwell
  Martindale   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Reedville   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fentress   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Prairie Lea   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Stairtown   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Joliet   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lockhart   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mineral Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Gillespie
  Albert   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Luckenbach   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Stonewall   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blumenthal   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grapetown   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cain City   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Guadalupe
  Northcliff   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cibolo   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Schertz   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Haeckerville   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lake Dunlap   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Camp Willow   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clear Springs   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Santa Clara   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Schumannsville   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marion   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Barbarosa   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McQueeney   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
 
Hays
  Pleasant Valley Crossing   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cloptins Crossing   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pioneer Town   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Wimberley   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Woodcreek   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  San Marcos   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mount Gainor   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hays City   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Henly   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Driftwood   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dripping Springs   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kyle   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Kendall
  Bergheim   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Kendalia   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ammans Crossing - Historic   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kreutzberg   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Boerne   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Sisterdale   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nelson City   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Welfare   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Waring   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bankersmith   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Medina
  Mico   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Travis
  Manchaca   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shady Hollow   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  San Leanna   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tanglewood Forest   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Onion Creek   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bee Cave   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Creedmoor   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wilson
  Carpenter   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  La Vernia   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kicaster   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grass Pond Colony - Historic   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saspamco   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sutherland Springs   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Smithson Valley ...

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 204 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithson Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithson Valley, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithson Valley.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 it should be mentioned 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 Smithson Valley:

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 Comal County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bandera County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Bexar County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Blanco County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Caldwell County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Gillespie County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Guadalupe County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hays County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Kendall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Medina County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Travis County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wilson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithson Valley.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Smithson Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Weidner Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Heimer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kraft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jonas Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rust Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cranes Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beierle Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hitzfelder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Schlather Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Weidner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Voges Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Vogel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Karl Rompel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Romple Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Letsch Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Koch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pena Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Koch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Kabelmacher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Groenke Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Weidner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forshage Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hillert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kunkel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bremer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Krause Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wehe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Scheel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Haug Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kruestler Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wellbacher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gerhardt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Honey Creek 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 Smithson Valley had a population of 42 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cranes Mill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smithson Valley
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Cranes Mill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spring Branch   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smithson Valley
 - 1895 population of 74 people (with 249 people in 2018)
 - Spring Branch had a post office and no railroad service
 
Anhalt   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Smithson Valley
 - Anhalt had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sattler   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smithson Valley
 - Sattler had a post office and no railroad service
 
Corbyn   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithson Valley
 - Corbyn had railroad service and no post office
 
Twin Sisters   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithson Valley
 - 1895 population of 34 people
 - Twin Sisters had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bracken   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Smithson Valley
 - Bracken had a post office and no railroad service
 
Selma   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Smithson Valley
 - 1895 population of 96 people (with 11,075 people in 2018)
 - Selma 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 Smithson Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithson Valley in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smithson Valley ...

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

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 Smithson Valley:

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

The GNIS database contains an entry for Smithson Valley. See our Misc Page for Smithson Valley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Comal County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Comal County: www.co.comal.tx.us/

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

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- Smithson Valley) 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 Smithson Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smithson Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithson Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.8130, Longitude: -98.3372     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithson Valley 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 Smithson Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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