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Our Genealogy Helper for South Hanlon ...

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 South Hanlon (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 South Hanlon. 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 South Hanlon ...

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 South Hanlon.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Hanlon: S. Hanlon

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.

South Hanlon is located in Stephens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Stephens County: Callahan, Eastland, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Throckmorton & Young.

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

Stephens     (The home county for South Hanlon)
  Breckenridge   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Eolian   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Caddo   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gunsight - Historic   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  La Casa - Historic   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Eureka   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Putnam   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Baird   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belle Plain - Historic   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ranger   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eastland   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Olden   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cisco   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mangum - Historic   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kokomo   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nimrod - Historic   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Desdemona   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gorman   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thurber   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Palo Pinto
  Strawn   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mingus   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gordon   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Palo Pinto   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Graford   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Santo   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Moran   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fort Griffin   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Albany   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Woodson   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Throckmorton   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elbert   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eliasville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  South Bend   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bunger   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Graham   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Proffitt   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Newcastle   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Padgett   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in South Hanlon ...

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 104 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Hanlon.

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

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 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 South Hanlon:

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 Stephens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Callahan County:     Cyndi's



Eastland County:     Cyndi's



Erath County:     Cyndi's



Palo Pinto County:     Cyndi's



Shackelford County:     Cyndi's



Throckmorton County:     Cyndi's



Young County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Stephens 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 South Hanlon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Hanlon.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Breckenridge Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Post Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Picketville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S St.s Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Brushy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Buck Mtn. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harpersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Swenson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Plum Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Yellow Fork 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 South Hanlon in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Hanlon.

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

Breckenridge   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Hanlon
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 5,487 people in 2018)
 - Breckenridge had a post office and no railroad service
Wayland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Hanlon
 - Wayland had a post office and no railroad service
Eolian   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Hanlon
 - Eolian had a post office and no railroad service
Gunsight - Historic   [Map]
 - While Gunsight was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from South Hanlon
 - 1895 population of 255 people
 - Gunsight had a post office and no railroad service
Caddo   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from South Hanlon
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Caddo had a post office and no railroad service
La Casa - Historic   [Map]
 - While La Casa was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Hanlon
 - La Casa had a post office and no railroad service
Eliasville   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Hanlon
 - Eliasville had a post office and no railroad service
Tiffin   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Hanlon
 - Tiffin 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 South Hanlon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Hanlon in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Stephens County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Hanlon. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- South Hanlon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Hanlon. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7276, Longitude: -98.8778     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Hanlon 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 South Hanlon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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