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Our Genealogy Helper for Grand Prairie ...

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 Grand Prairie (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 Grand Prairie. 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.

Name Variations for Grand Prairie ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Grand Prairie.

  • Typical abbreviation for Grand Prairie: Grand Pr.

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.

Grand Prairie is primarily located in Dallas County. A portion of Grand Prairie extends into Tarrant County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Collin, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall & Tarrant.

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

  DirDistance
Dallas     (The home county for Grand Prairie)
  Duncanville   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Cockrell Hill   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Cedar Hill   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Jimtown Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Oak Cliff   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Sowers - Historic   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Shamrock   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Jim Town - Historic   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  DeSoto   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Irving   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Lisbon - Historic   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Glenn Heights   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
 
Collin
  Plano   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Murphy   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Frisco   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Parker   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Allen   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Saint Paul   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Wylie   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Lucas   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Fairview   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Prosper   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Comanche
  Cross Roads   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
 
Denton
  Trophy Club   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Flower Mound   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Lewisville   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Marshall Creek   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Roanoke   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Double Oak   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Hebron   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Highland Village   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Elizabethtown   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Bartonville   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  The Colony   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Copper Canyon   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
 
Ellis
  Britton   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Ovilla   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Midlothian   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Oak Leaf   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Red Oak   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Pecan Hill   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Ferris   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Waxahachie   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Ike   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Maypearl   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Auburn   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Boz   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
 
Hill
  Covington   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Itasca   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
 
Hood
  Cresson   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
 
Johnson
  Lillian   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Venus   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Alvarado   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Briaroaks   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Burleson   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Cross Timber   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Joshua   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Keene   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Coyote Flats   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Grandview   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Cleburne   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Godley   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
 
Kaufman
  Combine   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Crandall   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Forney   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Talty   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Rosser   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Scurry   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Cottonwood   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Lawrence   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Lone Star   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Post Oak Bend City   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Parker
  Aledo   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Reno   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Sanctuary   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Willow Park   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Annetta South   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Annetta   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Annetta North   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Hudson Oaks   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Dicey   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Rockwall
  Heath   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Rockwall   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  McLendon-Chisholm   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Mobile City   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Fate   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Tarrant
  University Park Village   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Arlington   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Dalworthington Gardens   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Pantego   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Euless   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Mansfield   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Kennedale   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Bedford   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Minters Chapel - Historic   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Hurst   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Rendon   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Forest Hill   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
 
Wise
  Newark   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Rhome   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Briar   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Aurora   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  New Fairview   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Bluett   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Grand Prairie ...

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 172 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grand Prairie.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Grand Prairie. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Grand Prairie and those printed in the larger area surrounding Grand Prairie.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Grand Prairie.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Grand Prairie:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Collin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Comanche County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Denton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ellis County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hill County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hood County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Johnson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Kaufman County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Parker County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Rockwall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tarrant County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wise County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Dallas County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Texas, for Dallas 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 Grand Prairie ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grand Prairie.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  NNE Southland Cemetery (Old)   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Southland Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  NE Fugitt Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  SSW Estes Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Estes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW West Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dallas - Ft. Worth National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Parkdale Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  NNW Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Trees Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  SSW Cope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cockrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  SSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fivemile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibbons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tomlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Colloway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wheatland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  WSW Cedar Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SW Grimsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Sowers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Rose Hill Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Hawkins 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 Grand Prairie had a population of 123 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Grand Prairie had a population of 194,614 people.

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

Duncanville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Grand Prairie
 - Duncanville had a post office and railroad service
 
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the West (W) from Grand Prairie
 - 1895 population of 664 people (with 398,112 people in 2018)
 - Arlington had a post office and railroad service
 
Johnsons Station   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the West (W) from Grand Prairie
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Johnsons Station had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cedar Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grand Prairie
 - 1895 population of 242 people (with 48,463 people in 2018)
 - Cedar Hill had a post office and railroad service
 
Oak Cliff   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grand Prairie
 - 1895 population of 2,470 people
 - Oak Cliff had a post office and railroad service
 
Eagle Ford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Grand Prairie
 - Eagle Ford had a post office and railroad service
 
Sowers - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sowers was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the North (N) from Grand Prairie
 - Sowers had a post office and no railroad service
 
DeSoto   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Grand Prairie
 - DeSoto 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 Grand Prairie. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grand Prairie in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Grand Prairie ...

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

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 Grand Prairie:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Grand Prairie: www.ci.grand-prairie.tx.us/

The official website for Dallas County: www.dallascounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Grand Prairie) 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 Grand Prairie. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grand Prairie

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Prairie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6865, Longitude: -97.0212     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grand Prairie 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: findagrave.com.
<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 Grand Prairie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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