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Our Genealogy Helper for Stellar ...

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 Stellar (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 Stellar. 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 doctors and 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.

Stellar is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Gonzales, Lavaca, Lee & Washington.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Stellar)
  Kirtley   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Muldoon   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  West Point   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Plum   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hostyn   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Flatonia   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Praha   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Warda   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rutersville   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Schulenburg   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Halsted   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Industry   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Ulm   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kovar   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Togo   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Smithville   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rosanky   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Upton   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bastrop   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Red Rock   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Bateman   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Phelan   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Paige   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Camp Swift   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cedar Creek   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pettytown   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Taylorsville   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McMahan   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dale   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Johns Colony   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tilmon   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Seawillow   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McNeil   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brownsboro   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lytton Springs   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Weimar   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Bielau - Historic   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pisek - Historic   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Frelsburg   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Glidden   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hochheim   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pearl City   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Waelder   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Harwood   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gonzales   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ottine   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Glaze City   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hamon   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cost   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Monthalia - Historic   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Niederwald   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Uhland   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Goforth   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Komensky   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Moravia   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Breslau   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hackberry - Historic   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shiner   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hallettsville   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sublime   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Serbin - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Giddings   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Knobbs Springs   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blue   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dime Box   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Webberville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Garfield   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Elroy   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Littig   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mustang Ridge   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Del Valle   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Creedmoor   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Manor   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Manda - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  La Bahia   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burton   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wesley   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Stellar ...

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 102 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stellar.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Stellar, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Stellar.

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 - 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 Stellar:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Austin County:     Cyndi's



Bastrop County:     Cyndi's



Caldwell County:     Cyndi's



Colorado County:     Cyndi's



DeWitt County:     Cyndi's



Gonzales County:     Cyndi's



Hays County:     Cyndi's



Lavaca County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Travis County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stellar.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Grays Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Pitman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Bartons Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Robbins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Psencik Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cistern Public Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woods Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Colorado Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Plum Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Black Jack Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rosanky Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Powell 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, Stellar had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cistern   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Stellar
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Cistern had a post office and no railroad service
Muldoon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Stellar
 - Muldoon had a post office and railroad service
West Point   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Stellar
 - 1895 population of 382 people
 - West Point had a post office and railroad service
Colony   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Stellar
 - Colony had a post office and no railroad service
Smithville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Stellar
 - 1895 population of 616 people (with 4,472 people in 2018)
 - Smithville had a post office and railroad service
Plum   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Stellar
 - Plum had a post office and railroad service
Jeddo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stellar
 - 1895 population of 559 people
 - Jeddo had a post office and no railroad service
O'Quinn   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stellar
 - O'Quinn had a post office and no railroad service
Winchester   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Stellar
 - 1895 population of 258 people
 - Winchester had a post office and railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Stellar
 - Upton had railroad service and no post office
String Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Stellar
 - String Prairie 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 Stellar. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stellar in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Stellar ...

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

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 Stellar:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Fayette County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Fayette 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Stellar) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stellar. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.8905, Longitude: -97.1405     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stellar 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 Stellar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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