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Our Genealogy Helper for Stephenville ...

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 Stephenville (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 Stephenville. 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.

Stephenville is located in Erath County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Erath County: Bosque, Comanche, Eastland, Hamilton, Hood, Palo Pinto & Somervell.

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

Erath     (The home county for Stephenville)
  Harbin   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Lingleville   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Alexander   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dublin   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Morgan Mill   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Clairette   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bluff Dale   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Duffau   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Chalk Mountain   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Thurber   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Iredell   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Walnut Springs   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Morgan   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cranfills Gap   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Meridian   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Comyn   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Proctor   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  De Leon   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rucker   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gustine   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Comanche   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Energy   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sipe Springs   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sidney   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Desdemona   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gorman   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kokomo   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ranger   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Olden   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Eastland   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mangum - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hico   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Carlton   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Spurlin - Historic   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pottsville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Paluxy   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Tolar   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hill City   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lipan   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Granbury   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oak Trail Shores   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brazos Bend   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pecan Plantation   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Acton   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  DeCordova   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cresson   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Priddy   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Palo Pinto
  Gordon   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mingus   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Santo   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Strawn   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Palo Pinto   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dennis   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Millsap   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Glass   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Glen Rose   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rainbow   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Nemo   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  La Casa - Historic   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Stephenville ...

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 130 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stephenville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Stephenville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Stephenville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Stephenville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 42 miles [67.6 km] of Stephenville.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Stephenville:

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 Erath County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bosque County:     Cyndi's



Comanche County:     Cyndi's



Eastland County:     Cyndi's



Hamilton County:     Cyndi's



Hood County:     Cyndi's



Mills County:     Cyndi's



Palo Pinto County:     Cyndi's



Parker County:     Cyndi's



Somervell County:     Cyndi's



Stephens County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stephenville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE West End Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE East Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Erath Garden of Memory   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Upper Green Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ogan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Knob Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lower Green Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Indian Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Bowman Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW East End Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bunyan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Humberson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Acrea Cemetery   [Map]     
  W West End Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Heavenly Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hatchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stramler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Morton Chapel 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 Stephenville had a population of 909 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Stephenville had a population of 21,164 people.

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

Harbin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Stephenville
 - Harbin had railroad service and no post office
Selden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Stephenville
 - Selden had a post office and no railroad service
Bunyan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stephenville
 - Bunyan had a post office and no railroad service
Lingleville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Stephenville
 - Lingleville had a post office and no railroad service
Alexander   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Stephenville
 - 1895 population of 381 people
 - Alexander had a post office and railroad service
Huckabay   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Stephenville
 - Huckabay had a post office and no railroad service
Dublin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Stephenville
 - 1895 population of 2,025 people (with 3,604 people in 2018)
 - Dublin had a post office and railroad service
Hannibal   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Stephenville
 - Hannibal 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 Stephenville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stephenville in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Stephenville ...

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

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 Stephenville:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

We have found Stephenville in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Stephenville for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Erath County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Stephenville:

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- Stephenville) 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 Stephenville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Stephenville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stephenville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2150, Longitude: -98.2204     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stephenville 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 Stephenville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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