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Girard, Texas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Girard ...

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 Girard (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 Girard. 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 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.

Girard is located in Kent County.

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

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

Kent     (The home county for Girard)
  Jayton   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Clairemont   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Crosbyton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Canyon Valley - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Spur   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dickens   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Afton   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McAdoo   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rotan   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Verbena - Historic   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Justiceburg   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jud - Historic   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Guthrie   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dumont   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Roaring Springs   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Aspermont   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Old Glory   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Girard ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Girard.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Girard, 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 Girard.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Girard:

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 Kent County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Crosby County:     Cyndi's



Dickens County:     Cyndi's



Fisher County:     Cyndi's



Garza County:     Cyndi's



Haskell County:     Cyndi's



King County:     Cyndi's



Motley County:     Cyndi's



Stonewall County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

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 Girard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Girard.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Jayton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Red Mud Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Spur Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  ESE Steele Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSW Clairemont Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  SE Oriana Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NW Espuela Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  E Brazos Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  S Riverdale 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 Girard in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Girard.

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

Jayton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Girard
 - Jayton had a post office and no railroad service
Double Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Girard
 - Double Mountain had a post office and no railroad service
Guthrie   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Girard
 - Guthrie had a post office and no railroad service
Aspermont   [Map]
 - Located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Girard
 - 1895 population of 205 people (with 840 people in 2018)
 - Aspermont 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 Girard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Girard in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Texas

About Kent County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Girard. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Girard) 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 Girard. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Girard

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Girard. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3623, Longitude: -100.6629     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Girard have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Girard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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