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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 35 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 16 miles [25.7 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 &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Haught Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Hardman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frederick Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Saunders Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Betheny Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hartley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cloverleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Buzzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Indian Creek Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Waggoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Frederick Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goodnight Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Broomstick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Heck Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Six Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Belt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sixteen Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bigbend Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Betts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Swisher Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Maze Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Metz Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Twist 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 154 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Goffs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Goffs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Freed   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smithville
 - Freed had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hartley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithville
 - Hartley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cantwell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithville
 - Cantwell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hazelgreen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 4 people
 - Hazelgreen had a post office and no railroad service
 
Big Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Smithville
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Big Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Nobe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithville
 - Nobe had a post office and no railroad service
 
Burnt House   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smithville
 - Burnt House had a post office and no railroad service
 
Oxbow   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithville
 - Oxbow had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cokeleys   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Smithville
 - Cokeleys had a post office and no railroad service
 
Munday   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smithville
 - Munday 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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 Ritchie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ritchie County: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt & Wood.

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:

  DirectionDistance
Ritchie     (The home county for Smithville)
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Braxton
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clem   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Calhoun
      Grantsville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Clay
      Valley Fork   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Doddridge
      West Union   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Gilmer
      Glenville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Harrison
      Salem   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jackson
      Odaville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lewis
      Camden   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Pleasants
      Hebron   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Roane
      Reedy   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Tyler
      Friendly   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Wetzel
      Bane   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wirt
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Wood
      Slate   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington (OH)
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 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 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 Smithville:

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 Ritchie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Ritchie County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Ritchie 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
 
Also see Diaster Stories for ...
      Ohio

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smithville ...

While our initial data for 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, no Railroad mentioned  
 
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 West Virginia

About Ritchie County

About West Virginia

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 West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in 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: 39.0740, Longitude: -81.0943     [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: 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 Smithville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smithville.