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Our Genealogy Helper for Johnson City ...

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 Johnson City (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 Johnson City. 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 doctors and 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.

Johnson City is located in Blanco County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blanco County: Burnet, Comal, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Llano & Travis.

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

Blanco     (The home county for Johnson City)
  Sandy   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Round Mountain   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hye   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cypress Mill   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Blanco   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Flugrath - Historic   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Twin Sisters   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Fair Oaks Ranch   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Timberwood Park   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cottonwood Shores   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Spicewood   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Granite Shoals   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Meadowlakes   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Highland Haven   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marble Falls   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Mormon Mill - Historic   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oatmeal   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burnet   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Silver Creek Village   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fischer   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cranes Mill   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Spring Branch   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Canyon Lake   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Canyon Springs   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Canyon Lake Forest   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westhaven   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Startzville   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Canyon City   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Honey Creek   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Smithson Valley   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sattler   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Anhalt   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Albert   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Stonewall   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Willow City   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Blumenthal   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eckert   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Luckenbach   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cain City   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Grapetown   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fredericksburg   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Morris Ranch - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Henly   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Gainor   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Dripping Springs   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fitzhugh   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pleasant Valley Crossing   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Driftwood   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Woodcreek   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cloptins Crossing   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pioneer Town   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wimberley   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bear Creek   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hays City   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hays   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kendalia   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bankersmith   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sisterdale   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ammans Crossing - Historic   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bergheim   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kreutzberg   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waring   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Welfare   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Nelson City   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Boerne   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Horseshoe Bay   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Sunrise Beach Village   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Click - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kingsland   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Buchanan Dam   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Llano   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bluffton   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Buchanan Lake Village   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Briarcliff   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  The Hills   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Point Venture   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bee Cave   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lakeway   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Buffalo Gap   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lago Vista   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hudson Bend   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Barton Creek   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Volente   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jonestown   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Nameless - Historic   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anderson Mill   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedar Park   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Leander   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jollyville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Liberty Hill   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Johnson City ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Johnson City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Johnson City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Johnson City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Johnson City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 38 miles [61.2 km] of Johnson City.

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 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 Johnson City:

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 Blanco County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bexar County:     Cyndi's



Burnet County:     Cyndi's



Comal County:     Cyndi's



Gillespie County:     Cyndi's



Hays County:     Cyndi's



Kendall County:     Cyndi's



Llano County:     Cyndi's



Travis County:     Cyndi's



Williamson County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Johnson City.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Sandy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Miller Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Rocky Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Post Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Post Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Henly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Cypress Mill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Round Mountain Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  W Johnson Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Blanco Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Payton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Peyton 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Johnson City had a population of 259 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Johnson City had a population of 2,052 people.

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

Sandy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Johnson City
 - Sandy had a post office and no railroad service
Hye   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Johnson City
 - Hye had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Johnson City
 - 1895 population of 158 people (with 168 people in 2018)
 - Round Mountain had a post office and no railroad service
Cypress Mill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Johnson City
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Cypress Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Blanco   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Johnson City
 - 1895 population of 269 people (with 2,012 people in 2018)
 - Blanco had a post office and no railroad service
Henly   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Johnson City
 - Henly had a post office and no railroad service
Blowout   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Johnson City
 - Blowout had a post office and no railroad service
Stonewall   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) from Johnson City
 - 1895 population of 268 people
 - Stonewall had a post office and no railroad service
Shovel Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Johnson City
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Shovel Mountain 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 Johnson City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Johnson City in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Johnson City ...

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

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 Johnson City:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Texas

About Blanco County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Johnson City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2745, Longitude: -98.4072     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Johnson City 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 Johnson City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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