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Our Genealogy Helper for Stephensons (aka 'Stephensons Colonia') ...

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 Stephensons (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 Stephensons. 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 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.

Stephensons is located in Hidalgo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hidalgo County: Brooks, Cameron, Kenedy, Starr & Willacy.

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

  DirDistance
Hidalgo     (The home county for Stephensons)
  Relampago   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Mercedes   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Progreso   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Rio Rico   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Progreso Lakes   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Llano Grande   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Weslaco   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Villa Verde   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Heidelberg   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Indian Hills   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Midway South   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Midway Village   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Midway North   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
 
Cameron
  Bixby   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Longoria Townsite   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Santa Maria   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Arroyo Alto   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  North La Feria Village   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Solis   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  La Feria North   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  La Feria   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bluetown-Iglesia Antigua   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bluetown   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ratamosa   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Windsong Village   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Grand Acres   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Willacy
  Zapata Ranch   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sebastian   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lyford South   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lyford   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lasara   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ranchette Estates   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Raymondville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Santa Monica   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Los Angeles Subdivision   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Willamar   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  San Perlita   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Stephensons ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stephensons.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Stephensons, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Stephensons.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Stephensons:

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 Hidalgo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cameron County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
 
Willacy County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Hidalgo 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 Stephensons ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stephensons.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Ebony Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Mercedes Memorial Restlawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mercedes Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Mercedes Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Cementerio Bautista Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Anacuitas Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW San Pedro Ranch Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE La Feria Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Solis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Weslaco Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Campacuas Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Balli Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Longoria Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Restlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE La Capilla Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Asadores Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Donna City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Hinojosa 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 Stephensons in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Stephensons.

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

Santa Maria   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stephensons
 - Santa Maria had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hidalgo   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the West (W) from Stephensons
 - 1895 population of 389 people (with 14,083 people in 2018)
 - Hidalgo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Brownsville   [Map]
 - Located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stephensons
 - 1895 population of 6,134 people (with 183,392 people in 2018)
 - Brownsville 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 Stephensons. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stephensons in the 1890's.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hidalgo County: www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/

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

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- Stephensons) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stephensons. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.1115, Longitude: -97.9133     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stephensons 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: findagrave.com.

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

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