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South Plains, Texas

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Our Genealogy Helper for South Plains ...

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 Plains (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 Plains. 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 Plains ...

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 Plains.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Plains: S. Plains

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 and doctors 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.

South Plains is located in Floyd County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Floyd County: Briscoe, Crosby, Dickens, Hale, Lubbock, Motley & Swisher.

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

Floyd     (The home county for South Plains)
  Sterley - Historic   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Cedar Hill   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Della Plain - Historic   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lockney   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gray Mule - Historic   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Aiken   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Floydada   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dougherty   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Whitney   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Silverton   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Quitaque   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cone   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mount Blanco - Historic   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Farmer   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Estacado - Historic   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ralls   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Crosbyton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lorenzo   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  McAdoo   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Seth Ward   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Plainview   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hale Center   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Edmonson   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hale City - Historic   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Abernathy   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Turkey   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Becton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Heckville - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Flomot   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Matador   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Roaring Springs   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Claytonville   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Kress   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vigo Park   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tulia   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of South Plains ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Plains.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of South Plains. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of South Plains and those printed in the larger area surrounding South Plains.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 47 miles [75.6 km] of South Plains.

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 either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Plains:

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 Floyd County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Briscoe County:     Cyndi's



Crosby County:     Cyndi's



Dickens County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Hall County:     Cyndi's



Lubbock County:     Cyndi's



Motley County:     Cyndi's



Swisher County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Floyd 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 Plains ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSE Rushing Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gray Mule Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  S Floydada Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Keeter Graves   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  N Silverton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  ENE Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  W IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Plainview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Plainview Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 24 miles [38.6 km]  
  S Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whiteflat 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 Plains in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Plains.

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

Lockney   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Plains
 - Lockney had a post office and no railroad service
Della Plain - Historic   [Map]
 - While Della Plain was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from South Plains
 - Della Plain had a post office and no railroad service
Floydada   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) from South Plains
 - Floydada had a post office and no railroad service
Silverton   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North (N) from South Plains
 - Silverton had a post office and no railroad service
Plainview   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the West (W) from South Plains
 - Plainview had a post office and no railroad service
Cone   [Map]
 - Located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the South (S) from South Plains
 - Cone had railroad service and no post office
Mount Blanco - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Blanco was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Plains
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Mount Blanco 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 South Plains. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Plains in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Texas

About Floyd County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Plains. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2258, Longitude: -101.3104     [Map].

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

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