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Our Genealogy Helper for Spurger ...

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 Spurger (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 Spurger. 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 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.

Spurger is located in Tyler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tyler County: Angelina, Hardin, Jasper & Polk.

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

Tyler     (The home county for Spurger)
  Fred   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Hillister   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ivanhoe   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ivanhoe North   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Warren   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Doucette   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Colmesneil   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Chester   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Peach Tree Village   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Martin   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Parker Point   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dolan   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Nancy   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Zavalla   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Manning - Historic   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shawnee Prairie   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Shawnee   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Village Mills   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Kountze   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Silsbee   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Lumberton   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bragg - Historic   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Thicket   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rose Hill Acres   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Votaw   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saratoga   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pinewood Estates   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Batson   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sour Lake   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kirbyville   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Call Junction   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Jasper   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Buna   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Evadale   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sam Rayburn   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Browndell   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Voth   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bevil Oaks   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fuqua - Historic   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Big Thicket Creekmore Village   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rye   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Call   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Newton   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bon Wier   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hughes - Historic   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Shanklerville   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wiergate   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burkeville   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Deweyville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pine Forest   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Texla   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lemonville - Historic   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mauriceville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vidor   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oak Shade   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dallardsville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lily Island   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Camden   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ace   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Schwab City   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brookeland   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pineland   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Augustine
  Powell   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  White City   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Beauregard (LA)
  Merryville (LA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Calcasieu (LA)
  Starks (LA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Spurger ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spurger.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spurger, there are papers which were published within 36 miles [57.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spurger.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Spurger:

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 Tyler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Angelina County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Liberty County:     Cyndi's



Newton County:     Cyndi's



Orange County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Sabine County:     Cyndi's



San Augustine County:     Cyndi's



Beauregard Parish (LA):     Cyndi's



Calcasieu Parish (LA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Tyler County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Texas, for Tyler 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Spurger ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spurger.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Goalsbee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Baker & Nolan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Moffet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pedigo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Supps Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Smyth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Spurger had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Town Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Spurger
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Town Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spurger
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Beech Grove   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spurger
 - Beech Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Erin   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spurger
 - Erin had a post office and no railroad service
Hillister   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Spurger
 - Hillister had a post office and railroad service
Warren   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spurger
 - 1895 population of 833 people
 - Warren had a post office and railroad service
Hyatt   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spurger
 - 1895 population of 429 people
 - Hyatt had a post office and railroad service
Woodville   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spurger
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 2,489 people in 2018)
 - Woodville had a post office and railroad service
Village Mills   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spurger
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Village Mills 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 Spurger. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spurger in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spurger ...

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

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 Spurger:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Tyler County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spurger. 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 '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- Spurger) 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 Spurger. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spurger

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spurger. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6927, Longitude: -94.1777     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spurger have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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:
<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 Spurger, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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