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Our Genealogy Helper for Sommers Mill ...

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 Sommers Mill (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 Sommers Mill. 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.

Name Variations for Sommers Mill ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Sommers Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sommers Mill: Sommers Ml. (or less commonly used: Sommers Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Sommers Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Sommers Mill may originally have been Sommer's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Sommers Mill might be written as Sommer Mill.

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.

Sommers Mill is located in Bell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bell County: Burnet, Coryell, Falls, Lampasas, McLennan, Milam & Williamson.

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

Bell     (The home county for Sommers Mill)
  Little River-Academy   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Little River   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Academy   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Sparks   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Belton   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Holland   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Salado   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Heidenheimer   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Temple   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Morgan's Point Resort   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Nolanville   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Briggs   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  The Grove   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mason Crossing - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Comanche Village I   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Comanche Village II   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Montague Village   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Comanche Village III   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Flat   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Leon Junction   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Elijah Village   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mound   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Copperas Cove   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Zipperlandville - Historic   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Rosebud   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lott   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chilton   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Golinda   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Satin   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Highbank   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marlin   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kempner   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Moody   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Eddy   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bruceville-Eddy   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bruceville   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  McGregor   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lorena   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hewitt   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Robinson   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Woodway   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Crawford   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Val Verde   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Davilla   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Buckholts   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Thorndale   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rockdale   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Maysfield   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Baileyville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Crossroads   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cele   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pflugerville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Windemere   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Three Points   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kings Village   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Manda - Historic   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Sweden   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wells Branch   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Schwertner   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jarrell   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Granger   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Walburg   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Hoxie   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Weir   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Florence   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Serenada   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sun City   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Georgetown   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thrall   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Sommers Mill ...

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 115 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sommers Mill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sommers Mill, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sommers Mill.

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 professional and volunteer 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 Sommers Mill:

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 Bell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Burnet County:     Cyndi's



Coryell County:     Cyndi's



Falls County:     Cyndi's



Lampasas County:     Cyndi's



McLennan County:     Cyndi's



Milam 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 Bell County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Texas, for Bell 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 Sommers Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sommers Mill.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Center Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Bell Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ferguson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Post Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylors Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW South Belton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N East Belton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Salado Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dallas Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Volo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW North Belton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sunshine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reeds Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Roucker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Wedel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Goodeville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Stockton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW McDowell 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 Sommers Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sommers Mill.

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

Little River   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sommers Mill
 - Little River had a post office and railroad service
Salado   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sommers Mill
 - 1895 population of 471 people (with 2,140 people in 2015)
 - Salado had a post office and no railroad service
Holland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sommers Mill
 - 1895 population of 368 people (with 1,158 people in 2018)
 - Holland had a post office and railroad service
Belton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sommers Mill
 - 1895 population of 3,000 people (with 22,222 people in 2018)
 - Belton had a post office and railroad service
Heidenheimer   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sommers Mill
 - Heidenheimer had a post office and railroad service
Temple   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sommers Mill
 - 1895 population of 4,047 people (with 76,256 people in 2018)
 - Temple had a post office and railroad service
Vilas   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sommers Mill
 - Vilas had a post office and no railroad service
Bartlett   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Sommers Mill
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 1,742 people in 2018)
 - Bartlett 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 Sommers Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sommers Mill in the 1890's.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sommers Mill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sommers Mill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9699, Longitude: -97.4317     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sommers Mill 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 Sommers Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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