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Our Genealogy Helper for Bixby ...

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 Bixby (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Bixby. 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.

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Bixby is located in Cameron County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cameron County: Hidalgo & Willacy.

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

  DirDistance
Cameron     (The home county for Bixby)
  North La Feria Village   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Solis   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles
  La Feria   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  La Feria North   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Windsong Village   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Arroyo Alto   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Ratamosa   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Bluetown-Iglesia Antigua   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Longoria Townsite   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Santa Maria   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Bluetown   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Grand Acres   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
 
Hidalgo
  Heidelberg   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Mercedes   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Indian Hills   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Relampago   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Rio Rico   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Progreso   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Llano Grande   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Mila Doce   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Progreso Lakes   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Villa Verde   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Weslaco   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Olivarez   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
 
Willacy
  Sebastian   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Zapata Ranch   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lyford South   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lyford   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Lasara   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ranchette Estates   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Raymondville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Santa Monica   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Los Angeles Subdivision   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Willamar   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  San Perlita   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Port Mansfield   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Bixby ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bixby.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bixby, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bixby.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Bixby:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.tsl.texas.gov/

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 Cameron County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hidalgo County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Willacy County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Cameron County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Texas, for Cameron 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

Cemeteries Near Bixby ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bixby.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Bixby covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Solis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE La Feria Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mercedes Memorial Restlawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Ebony Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Restlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Anacuitas Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE La Capilla Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Campacuas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Cementerio Bautista Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mercedes Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Mercedes Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Longoria Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Hinojosa Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Weslaco Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW San Pedro Ranch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW San Jose Ranch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harlingan City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE San Rafael Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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 Bixby in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bixby.

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

Santa Maria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bixby
 - Santa Maria had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hidalgo   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the West (W) from Bixby
 - 1895 population of 389 people (with 14,083 people in 2018)
 - Hidalgo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Brownsville   [Map]
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bixby
 - 1895 population of 6,134 people (with 183,392 people in 2018)
 - Brownsville had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bixby. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bixby in the 1890's.

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About Cameron County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cameron County: www.co.cameron.tx.us/

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bixby. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bixby

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bixby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.1519, Longitude: -97.8577     [Map].
<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.
<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 Bixby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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