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Our Genealogy Helper for Brownsville ...

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 Brownsville (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 Brownsville. 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 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.

Brownsville is located in Cameron County and is the County Seat.

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

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

Cameron     (The home county for Brownsville)
  Cameron Park   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Del Mar Heights   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Chula Vista-Orason   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Los Fresnos   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Reid Hope King   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Olmito   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Indian Lake   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Rancho Viejo   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Laureles   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Villa Pancho   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  San Pedro   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bayview   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Encantada-Ranchito El Calaboz   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rio Rico   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Heidelberg   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Relampago   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mercedes   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Indian Hills   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Progreso Lakes   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Progreso   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Llano Grande   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mila Doce   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Villa Verde   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Weslaco   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  La Villa   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Midway South   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Santa Monica   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sebastian   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Willamar   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Zapata Ranch   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lyford South   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lyford   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  San Perlita   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Port Mansfield   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Raymondville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Los Angeles Subdivision   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ranchette Estates   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Brownsville ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brownsville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Brownsville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Brownsville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Brownsville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km] of Brownsville.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Brownsville:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Cameron County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hidalgo County:     Cyndi's



Willacy County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brownsville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Buena Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Santa Rosalia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Soldiers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Southmost Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  W Zepeda Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  NNW Monte Meta Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  NNW Rio Hondo City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  N La Leona Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NW Harlingan City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  NW Los Omales Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ashland Memorial Park   [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 Brownsville had a population of 6,134 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Brownsville had a population of 183,392 people.

Santa Maria   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Brownsville
 - Santa Maria 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 Brownsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brownsville in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Brownsville ...

While our initial data about Brownsville came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Brownsville 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 Brownsville.

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 Brownsville:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

We have found Brownsville in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Brownsville for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Brownsville. See our Misc Page for Brownsville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Texas

About Cameron County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Brownsville:

The official website for Cameron County:

The official website for State of Texas:

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- Brownsville) 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 Brownsville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brownsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brownsville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 25.9981, Longitude: -97.4566     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brownsville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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:
<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 Brownsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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