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Our Genealogy Helper for Cap Rock ...

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 Cap Rock (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 Cap Rock. 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 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.

Cap Rock is located in Crosby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crosby County: Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Kent, Lubbock, Lynn & Motley.

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

Crosby     (The home county for Cap Rock)
  Owens   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Savage - Historic   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Canyon Valley - Historic   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ralls   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Crosbyton   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lorenzo   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Farmer   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Estacado - Historic   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cone   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mount Blanco - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  McAdoo   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spur   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dickens   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Afton   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Floydada   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dougherty   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Della Plain - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Verbena - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Close City   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Post   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Justiceburg   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Abernathy   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Slaton   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ransom Canyon   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Posey   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Buffalo Springs   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Idalou   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kitalou   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Heckville - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Becton   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lubbock   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Deal   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Slide   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wolfforth   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Lynn - Historic   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wayside - Historic   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Home   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tahoka   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Cap Rock ...

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 79 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cap Rock.

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

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 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 Cap Rock:

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 Crosby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dickens County:     Cyndi's



Floyd County:     Cyndi's



Garza County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Lubbock County:     Cyndi's



Lynn County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cap Rock.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Old Emma Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  N Ralls Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  W Englewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crosbyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NNW Lorenzo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  NW Idalou Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NNW Estacado Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  S Terrace 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>

While we didn't find Cap Rock in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cap Rock.

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

Estacado - Historic   [Map]
 - While Estacado was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cap Rock
 - 1895 population of 238 people
 - Estacado had a post office and no railroad service
Cone   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the North (N) from Cap Rock
 - Cone had railroad service and no post office
Mount Blanco - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Blanco was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cap Rock
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Mount Blanco had a post office and no railroad service
Grassland   [Map]
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cap Rock
 - Grassland had a post office and no railroad service
Lubbock   [Map]
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cap Rock
 - Lubbock 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 Cap Rock. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cap Rock in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Texas

About Crosby County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cap Rock. 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 '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- Cap Rock) 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 Cap Rock. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cap Rock

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cap Rock. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4915, Longitude: -101.3985     [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:
<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 Cap Rock, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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