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Welcome to Africa ...

So far, we have found very little information about Africa. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Africa to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Africa, please Contact Us.


Africa was located in the Piney Woods (East Texas).

Africa would have been located within present day Shelby County<2>.

We aren't confident of the location of Africa, so consider the above location as an estimate.<3>

Time Zone: The area where Africa was located is in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Communities Also Named Africa ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Africa - they are located in Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Africa.

Communities near Africa ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Africa.

  • San Augustine (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Augustine
    • San Augustine lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<4> to the south of Africa and is located in San Augustine County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,865 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for San Augustine have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Augustine
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Augustine<6>
  • Logansport (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Logansport
    • Logansport lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<4> to the northeast of Africa and is located in De Soto Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,546 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Logansport have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Logansport
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Logansport<6>
  • Tenaha (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tenaha
    • Tenaha lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<4> to the northwest of Africa and is located in Shelby County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,134 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tenaha
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tenaha<6>
  • Timpson (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Timpson
    • Timpson lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the northwest of Africa and is located in Shelby County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,130 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Timpson have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Timpson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Timpson<6>
  • Joaquin (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joaquin
    • Joaquin lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<4> to the north of Africa and is located in Shelby County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 793 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Joaquin have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Joaquin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Joaquin<6>
  • Huxley (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huxley
    • Huxley lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<4> to the east of Africa and is located in Shelby County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 376 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huxley have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huxley
  • Stanley (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanley
    • Stanley lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the northeast of Africa and is located in De Soto Parish
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 116 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stanley have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanley
  • Choice (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Choice
    • Choice lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<4> to the south of Africa and is located in Shelby County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Choice
  • Campti (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Campti
    • Campti lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the northeast of Africa and is located in Shelby County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Campti
  • Arcadia (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arcadia
    • Arcadia lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<4> to the west of Africa and is located in Shelby County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arcadia

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Africa. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Africa.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Africa. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Africa.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Africa. See our Newspapers Page for Africa.

Adding Africa to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

Our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Africa was on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1920.

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Africa on our Genealogy Page.

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Mentions & References for Africa

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Africa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>If you're interested in how the shape of Texas' counties, including Shelby, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Africa) 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 Africa. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AfricaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Africa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7680, Longitude: -94.1430    
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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