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Smithville, Texas
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Our Genealogy Helper for Smithville ...

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 Smithville (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 Smithville. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Smithville is located in Bastrop County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bastrop County: Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Lee & Travis.

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

Bastrop     (The home county for Smithville)
  Togo   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Upton   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Kovar   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rosanky   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bastrop   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Paige   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Phelan   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Camp Swift   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Red Rock   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  McDade   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bateman   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cedar Creek   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Industry   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Ulm   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Deanville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Frenstat   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pettytown   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Taylorsville   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  McMahan   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saint Johns Colony   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dale   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lytton Springs   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tilmon   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Seawillow   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brownsboro   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mendoza   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Weimar   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pisek - Historic   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  New Bielau - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frelsburg   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glidden   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kirtley   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  West Point   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Plum   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Warda   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Muldoon   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hostyn   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Nechanitz   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rutersville   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Flatonia   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Halsted   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Ledbetter   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Waelder   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Harwood   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gonzales   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ottine   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Niederwald   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Goforth   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Uhland   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Buda   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Komensky   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Moravia   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hackberry - Historic   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Breslau   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shiner   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hallettsville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Serbin - Historic   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Giddings   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Knobbs Springs   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Blue   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dime Box   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Webberville   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Garfield   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Littig   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elroy   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Del Valle   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Manda - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Manor   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mustang Ridge   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Daffan   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Sweden   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Creedmoor   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cele   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  La Bahia   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Burton   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wesley   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Coupland   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Smithville ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Smithville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Smithville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Smithville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km] of Smithville.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Smithville:

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 Bastrop County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Austin County:     Cyndi's



Burleson County:     Cyndi's



Caldwell County:     Cyndi's



Colorado County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Gonzales County:     Cyndi's



Hays County:     Cyndi's



Lavaca County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Travis County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Williamson County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Colorado Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Woods Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Young Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Old Bartons Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Plum Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Winchester Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Rosanky Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Grays Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams 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 Smithville had a population of 616 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Smithville had a population of 4,472 people.

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

Alum Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 108 people
 - Alum Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Smithville
 - Upton had railroad service and no post office
Stellar   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Smithville
 - Stellar had a post office and no railroad service
West Point   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 382 people
 - West Point had a post office and railroad service
Winchester   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 258 people
 - Winchester had a post office and railroad service
Hills Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithville
 - Hills Prairie had a post office and railroad service
Plum   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smithville
 - Plum had a post office and railroad service
Serbin - Historic   [Map]
 - While Serbin was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Serbin had a post office and railroad service
Bastrop   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 1,634 people (with 9,420 people in 2018)
 - Bastrop had a post office and railroad service
Cistern   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Cistern 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 Smithville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithville in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smithville ...

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

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 Smithville:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Bastrop County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smithville. 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- Smithville) 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 Smithville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smithville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.0069, Longitude: -97.1508     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithville 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 Smithville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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