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Somerset, Texas
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Our Genealogy Helper for Somerset ...

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 Somerset (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 Somerset. 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.

Somerset is located in Bexar County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bexar County: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina & Wilson.

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

Bexar     (The home county for Somerset)
  Bexar   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Von Ormy   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Atascosa   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Macdona   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lackland City   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lackland Heights   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Westwood Village   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sandy Oaks   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  San Antonio   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Balcones Heights   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Leon Valley   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Elmendorf   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Olmos Park   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lytle   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Anchorage   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Iuka   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Poteet   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Leming   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Amphion   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kyote   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Verdi   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Jourdanton   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dobrowolski   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Coughran   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Black Hill   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lakehills   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pipe Creek   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bracken   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Garden Ridge   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bulverde West - Historic   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Silver Hills   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Comal   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Corbyn   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bulverde South - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bulverde   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bulverde East - Historic   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Anhalt   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Honey Creek   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bigfoot   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Moore   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  North Pearsall   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pearsall   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Pearsall   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Schertz   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cibolo   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Zuehl   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Haeckerville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Berlin   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Northcliff   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Santa Clara   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Olmos - Historic   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Boerne   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  LaCoste   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Natalia   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Castroville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Devine   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rio Medina   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Quihi   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Fountain   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mico   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Yancey   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hondo   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  D'Hanis   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Loire   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Graytown   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saspamco   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Calaveras   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Canada Verde   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Kicaster   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Darilek   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Loma Vista - Historic   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carpenter   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Floresville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grass Pond Colony - Historic   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dewees   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Somerset ...

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 229 newspapers that have been published in the area around Somerset.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Somerset, there are papers which were published within 36 miles [57.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Somerset.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Somerset:

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 Bexar County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Atascosa County:     Cyndi's



Bandera County:     Cyndi's



Comal County:     Cyndi's



Frio County:     Cyndi's



Guadalupe County:     Cyndi's



Kendall County:     Cyndi's



Medina County:     Cyndi's



Wilson County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Somerset.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Bexar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Heickman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Rambie - Lewis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Rambie Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E First Memorial Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Ruiz Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Hernandez Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Black Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Panteon San Lorenzo Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Hermann Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Benton City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Lessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW San Isidro Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Becker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brite Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tripp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Lona China Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lytle Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Rossville 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 Somerset in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Somerset.

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

Bexar   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Somerset
 - Bexar had a post office and no railroad service
Von Ormy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Somerset
 - Von Ormy had a post office and no railroad service
Atascosa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Somerset
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Atascosa had a post office and no railroad service
Macdona   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Somerset
 - Macdona had railroad service and no post office
Lytle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Somerset
 - Lytle had a post office and railroad service
Rossville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Somerset
 - 1895 population of 750 people
 - Rossville had a post office and no railroad service
Withers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Somerset
 - Withers had railroad service and no post office
Earle   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Somerset
 - Earle 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 Somerset. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Somerset in the 1890's.

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About Bexar County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bexar County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Somerset) 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 Somerset. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Somerset

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somerset. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.2285, Longitude: -98.6567     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Somerset have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<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:

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<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 Somerset, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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