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Afton, Texas

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Our Genealogical Helper for Afton ...

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 Afton (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 Afton. 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 Afton ...

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 Afton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Afton, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Afton.

Cemeteries Near Afton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Afton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Afton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Roaring Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  WSW McAdoo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSW Espuela Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  E Dumont Cemetery   [Map]     
  N East Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antelope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion 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 Afton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Afton.

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

Matador   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North (N) from Afton
 - Matador had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Blanco - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Blanco was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the West (W) from Afton
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Mount Blanco 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 Afton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Afton 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 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.

Afton is located in Dickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dickens County: Cottle, Crosby, Floyd, Garza, Kent, King, Motley & Stonewall.

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

Dickens     (The home county for Afton)
      Dickens   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McAdoo   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spur   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Narcisso   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chalk   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paducah   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cee Vee   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Blanco - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crosbyton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cone   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Owens   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ralls   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Farmer   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Savage - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Canyon Valley - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cap Rock   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dougherty   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Floydada   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Della Plain - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gray Mule - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Verbena - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Girard   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jayton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dumont   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Guthrie   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roaring Springs   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Russellville - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Matador   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Flomot   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 Afton:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Dickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cottle County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crosby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garza County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kent County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
King County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Motley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Dickens County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Afton. 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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Afton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Afton) 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 Afton. 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 Afton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Afton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7629, Longitude: -100.8168     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Afton 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 Afton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Afton.