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Our Genealogical 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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

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.

Newspapers Published in 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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithville, there are papers which were published within 48 miles [77.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithville.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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  
  SSE Wish - Ham Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Viewpoint Grave Island Memorial   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW GAR Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Petersburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crawford Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Hartland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WNW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Eightmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Celilo Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Celilo Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mosier 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.<2>

While we didn't find Smithville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smithville.

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

The Dalles (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 3,015 people (with 15,646 people in 2017)
 - The Dalles had a post office and railroad service
Rowena (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithville
 - Rowena had railroad service and no post office
Lyle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Lyle had a post office and no railroad service
Boyd (OR) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Boyd was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithville
 - Boyd had a post office and no railroad service
Mosier (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithville
 - Mosier had a post office and railroad service
Dufur (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Smithville
 - Dufur had a post office and no railroad service
Biggs (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) from Smithville
 - Biggs had a post office and railroad service
White Salmon   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 2,552 people in 2017)
 - White Salmon 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.

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 and hospitals 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.

Smithville is located in Klickitat County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Klickitat County: Gilliam (OR), Hood River (OR), Morrow (OR), Sherman (OR), Wasco (OR), Benton, Skamania & Yakima.

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:

Klickitat     (The home county for Smithville)
      Dallesport   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lyle   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wishram   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Klickitat   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wahkiacus   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Appleton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bingen   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maryhill   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      White Salmon   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Husum   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Goldendale   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Underwood   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hood   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Carson   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moffetts Hot Springs   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Bonneville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clackamas (OR)
      Government Camp (OR)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Hood River (OR)
      Pine Grove (OR)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hood River (OR)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Odell (OR)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Parkdale (OR)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cascade Locks (OR)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (OR)
      Pinehurst (OR)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Sherman (OR)
      Biggs Junction (OR)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rufus (OR)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wasco (OR)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moro (OR)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      De Moss Springs (OR)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grass Valley (OR)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kent (OR)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wasco (OR)
      City of The Dalles (OR)   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      The Dalles (OR)   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chenoweth (OR)   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rowena (OR)   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Ortley (OR) - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fairbanks (OR)   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Celilo Village (OR)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Boyd (OR) - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mosier (OR)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dufur (OR)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Friend (OR) - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kingsley (OR) - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Washington State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Washington to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Klickitat County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Skamania County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clackamas County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hood River County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sherman County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wasco County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Klickitat County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Klickitat 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 Washington
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Klickitat County

About Washington

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 Klickitat County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Smithville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smithville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.6487, Longitude: -121.1640     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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