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Our Genealogy Helper for Somerville ...

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 Somerville (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 Somerville. 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 northwest 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 north.

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 north 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.

Somerville is located in Burleson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Burleson County: Brazos, Lee, Milam, Robertson & Washington.

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

Burleson     (The home county for Somerville)
  Lyons   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Scofield - Historic   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Frenstat   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Snook   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Clay   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Deanville   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Caldwell   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Chriesman   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Wehdem   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bleiblerville   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Kenney   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Sempronius - Historic   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Industry   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Ulm   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bellville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cat Spring   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Paige   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Allen Farm   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wellborn   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  College Station   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Millican   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bryan   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Boonville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rye - Historic   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wixon Valley   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kurten   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pisek - Historic   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Frelsburg   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carmine   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ledbetter   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Round Top   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Warrenton   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Walhalla   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Nechanitz   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Roznov   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Warda   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rutersville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Halsted   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ellinger   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Navasota   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Anderson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Roans Prairie   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Plantersville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Iola   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dime Box   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Giddings   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Serbin - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blue   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Knobbs Springs   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Milano   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gause   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rockdale   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Port Sullivan - Historic   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mumford   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hearne   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wheelock   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hempstead   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pine Island   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Prairie View   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gay Hill   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Burton   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brenham   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  La Bahia   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wesley   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Chappell Hill   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Washington - Historic   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Graball - Historic   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Somerville ...

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 140 newspapers that have been published in the area around Somerville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Somerville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Somerville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Somerville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 31 miles [49.9 km] of Somerville.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Somerville:

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 Burleson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Austin County:     Cyndi's



Bastrop County:     Cyndi's



Brazos County:     Cyndi's



Colorado County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Grimes County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Milam County:     Cyndi's



Robertson County:     Cyndi's



Waller County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Somerville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Sweet Home Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Somerville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mexican Cemetery Association   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lyons Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Schoppe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Evangelical UCC Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Woodfork Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Khrone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Frieden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pillow Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW High Prairie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Flat Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Affleck Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mound Prairie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW St. Pauls Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Merle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Christian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Birch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eichholt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Heisic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Giesenschlag Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Broesche Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Struckmeyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clay Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Snock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snook Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Bird 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 in 1895, Somerville had railroad service and no post office. In 2018, Somerville had a population of 1,483 people.

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

Quarry   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Somerville
 - Quarry had a post office and railroad service
Lyons   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Somerville
 - Lyons had a post office and railroad service
Gay Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 71 people
 - Gay Hill had a post office and railroad service
Merle - Historic   [Map]
 - While Merle was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Somerville
 - Merle had a post office and no railroad service
Frenstat   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Somerville
 - Frenstat had a post office and no railroad service
Davidson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Somerville
 - Davidson had railroad service and no post office
Burton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 384 people (with 292 people in 2018)
 - Burton had a post office and railroad service
Independence   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Somerville
 - 1895 population of 373 people
 - Independence had a post office and no railroad service
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Somerville
 - Clay had a post office and railroad service
Mill Creek   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Somerville
 - Mill Creek had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Somerville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Somerville in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Somerville ...

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

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 Somerville:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Somerville. 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Somerville) 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 Somerville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Somerville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somerville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.3460, Longitude: -96.5311     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Somerville 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 Somerville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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