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City of Staples, Texas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Staples ...

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 Staples (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 Staples. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Staples is located in Guadalupe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Guadalupe County: Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Gonzales, Hays & Wilson.

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

Guadalupe     (The home county for Staples)
  Redwood   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Galle   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Zorn   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Kingsbury   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Barbarosa   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Geronimo   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lauback   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Clear Springs   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lake Dunlap   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Camp Willow   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Seguin   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  McQueeney   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bateman   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Red Rock   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cedar Creek   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wyldwood   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rosanky   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Upton   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kovar   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Togo   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bastrop   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Phelan   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Selma   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Airport City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Universal City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Converse   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saint Hedwig   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Live Oak   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Adkins   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lone Oak   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Windcrest   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fratt - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wetmore   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Timberwood Park   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Twin Sisters   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fentress   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Martindale   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Prairie Lea   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Reedville   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Stairtown   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Joliet   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mineral Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lockhart   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brownsboro   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Luling   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Seawillow   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hunter   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Freiheit   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Royal Forest   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Thorn Hill   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gruene   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  New Braunfels   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Preiss Heights   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  First Crossing   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Landa Park Highlands   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Jentsch Acres   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sattler   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Solms   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ottine   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harwood   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Monthalia - Historic   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Leesville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dewville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bebe   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gonzales   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cost   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Waelder   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wrightsboro   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nixon   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  San Marcos   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Uhland   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kyle   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Goforth   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Niederwald   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mountain City   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Buda   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hays City   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cloptins Crossing   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pioneer Town   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wimberley   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hays   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Mustang Ridge   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Creedmoor   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Manchaca   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Onion Creek   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  San Leanna   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Shady Hollow   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Elroy   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tanglewood Forest   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sunset Valley   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Del Valle   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Garfield   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Austin   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nockenut   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Caddo   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  La Vernia   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alum   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Carpenter   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pandora   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sutherland Springs   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stockdale   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kicaster   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grass Pond Colony - Historic   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Staples ...

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 122 newspapers that have been published in the area around Staples.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Staples, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Staples.

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 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 - 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 Staples:

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 Guadalupe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bastrop County:     Cyndi's



Bexar County:     Cyndi's



Blanco County:     Cyndi's



Caldwell County:     Cyndi's



Comal County:     Cyndi's



Gonzales County:     Cyndi's



Hays County:     Cyndi's



Travis County:     Cyndi's



Wilson County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Guadalupe County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Texas, for Guadalupe 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 Staples ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Staples.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Staples African-American Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Staples Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Tuttle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Cliett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Crayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Isidora Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Staples Mexican-American Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Humphrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Jechow Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pentress Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Redwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Happle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE San Juan #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Prairie Lea Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Martindale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Garden of the Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Memory Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Santa Maria Aida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Schawe Cemetery   [Map]     
  N San Juan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Koeglar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Kingsbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vogel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Koonsen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W San Pedro Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bading Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Marines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Appling Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Loehmann Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cementerio Guadalupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Popps Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pitts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Appling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ussery Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW San Marcos Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW San Marcos Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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, Staples had a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Staples had a population of 282 people.

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

Martindale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Staples
 - 1895 population of 95 people (with 1,272 people in 2018)
 - Martindale had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie Lea   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Staples
 - 1895 population of 167 people
 - Prairie Lea had a post office and no railroad service
Zorn   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Staples
 - Zorn had a post office and no railroad service
Reedville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Staples
 - Reedville had a post office and railroad service
Maxwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Staples
 - Maxwell had a post office and railroad service
Kingsbury   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Staples
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 130 people in 2018)
 - Kingsbury had a post office and railroad service
San Marcos   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Staples
 - 1895 population of 2,335 people (with 63,509 people in 2018)
 - San Marcos had a post office and railroad service
Geronimo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Staples
 - Geronimo 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 Staples. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Staples in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Staples ...

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

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 Staples:

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

We have found Staples in these Censuses: 2010-2000. See our Census Page for Staples for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Guadalupe County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Guadalupe County:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Staples) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Staples. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from City of Staples

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Staples. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.7813, Longitude: -97.8361     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Staples 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 Staples, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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