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Our Genealogical Helper for Smith Village ...

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 Village (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 Smith Village. 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 Smith Village ...

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 Smith Village.

  • Typical abbreviation for Smith Village: Smith Vlg. (in Canada, 'Vlge.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Smith Village ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smith Village.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smith Village, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smith Village.

Cemeteries Near Smith Village ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smith Village.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Machperlah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gee Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bailey Ave. Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Brownsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Waldeck Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Straley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCann Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Harrison Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rockford - Pletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glady Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Horner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Laurel Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jesse Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Post Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE IOOF 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 Village in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smith Village.

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

Freemansburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smith Village
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Freemansburg had a post office and no railroad service
Alkires Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Smith Village
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Alkires Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Jane Lew   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smith Village
 - 1895 population of 228 people (with 392 people in 2017)
 - Jane Lew had a post office and railroad service
Lightburn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smith Village
 - Lightburn had a post office and no railroad service
Camden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Smith Village
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
Kincheloe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smith Village
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Kincheloe had a post office and no railroad service
Horner   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smith Village
 - Horner had a post office and no railroad service
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Smith Village
 - Berlin had a post office and no railroad service
Churchville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smith Village
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Churchville 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 Smith Village. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smith Village 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Smith Village is located in Lewis County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lewis County: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Upshur & Webster.

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

Lewis     (The home county for Smith Village)
      Weston   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 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 Smith Village:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Lewis County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Lewis County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Lewis 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 West Virginia
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Smith Village. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smith Village

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith Village. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0540, Longitude: -80.4709     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith Village 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 Smith Village, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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