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Our Genealogy Helper for Speaks ...

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 Speaks (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 Speaks. 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 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.

Speaks is located in Lavaca County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lavaca County: Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Jackson, Victoria & Wharton.

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

  DirDistance
Lavaca     (The home county for Speaks)
  Sublime   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Hope   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Hallettsville   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Hackberry - Historic   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Breslau   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Moravia   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Komensky   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Shiner   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Colorado
  Provident City - Historic   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rock Island   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Nada   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Garwood   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Altair   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Bielau - Historic   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Matthews   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Weimar   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eagle Lake   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
DeWitt
  Terryville   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Yoakum   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Thomaston   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Edgar   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pearl City   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hochheim   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cuero   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Fayette
  Schulenburg   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Praha   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Flatonia   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ellinger   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Gonzales
  Glaze City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hamon   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jackson
  Morales   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ganado   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Edna   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lolita   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vanderbilt   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  La Salle   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  La Ward   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Francitas   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Weedhaven   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Matagorda
  Midfield   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blessing   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Victoria
  Inez   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Telferner   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nursery   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dacosta   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hughes - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Placedo   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wharton
  Louise   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  El Campo   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bonus   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pierce   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Glen Flora   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Danevang   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lissie   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wharton   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hungerford   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nottawa   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lane City   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Speaks ...

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 81 newspapers that have been published in the area around Speaks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Speaks, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Speaks.

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 Speaks:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.tsl.texas.gov/

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 Lavaca County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colorado County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
DeWitt County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fayette County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Gonzales County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jackson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Matagorda County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Victoria County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
 
Wharton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Lavaca County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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 Speaks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Speaks.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Gandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bright Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Hartt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Flourney Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Partridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Strane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Haidusek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Wilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chase Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brownson 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.<2>

While we didn't find Speaks in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Speaks.

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

Vienna   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Speaks
 - Vienna had a post office and no railroad service
 
Morales   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Speaks
 - Morales had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ezzell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Speaks
 - Ezzell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Navidad   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Speaks
 - Navidad had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sublime   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Speaks
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Sublime had a post office and railroad service
 
Williamsburg   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Speaks
 - 1895 population of 218 people
 - Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hope   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) from Speaks
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Hope had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ganado   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Speaks
 - Ganado 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 Speaks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Speaks in the 1890's.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Speaks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.2629, Longitude: -96.7009     [Map].

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<2>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 Speaks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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