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Our Genealogy Helper for Harlingen ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Harlingen (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 Harlingen. 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.

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Harlingen is located in Cameron County.

To see how the shape of Texas' counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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

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

  • Cameron County     (The home county of Harlingen)
    • Las Palmas-Juarez [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Palmas-Juarez
      • Las Palmas-Juarez [Cameron County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Palmas-Juarez
    • Palm Valley [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palm Valley
      • Palm Valley [Cameron County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,231 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palm Valley
    • Lasana [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lasana
      • Lasana [Cameron County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lasana have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lasana has also been known as:
      • Lasana Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lasana
    • Combes [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Combes
      • Combes [Cameron County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,037 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Combes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Combes has also been known as:
      • Combes Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Combes
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Combes<3>
    • Primera [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Primera
      • Primera [Cameron County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,271 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Primera have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Primera
    • Arroyo Colorado Estates [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arroyo Colorado Estates
      • Arroyo Colorado Estates [Cameron County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Harlingen
      • Arroyo Colorado Estates has also been known as:
      • Arroyo Colorado Estates Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arroyo Colorado Estates
    • San Benito [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Benito
      • San Benito [Cameron County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,085 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for San Benito have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Benito
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Benito<3>
    • El Camino Angosto [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Camino Angosto
      • El Camino Angosto [Cameron County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for El Camino Angosto have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • El Camino Angosto has also been known as:
      • El Camino Angosto Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on El Camino Angosto
    • Rangerville [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rangerville
      • Rangerville [Cameron County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 289 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rangerville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Rangerville has also been known as:
      • Rangerville Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rangerville
    • Villa del Sol [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Villa del Sol
      • Villa del Sol [Cameron County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Villa del Sol have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Villa del Sol has also been known as:
      • Villa del Sol Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Villa del Sol
    • Rio Hondo [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rio Hondo
      • Rio Hondo [Cameron County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,639 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rio Hondo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rio Hondo<3>
    • Windsong Village [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windsong Village
      • Windsong Village [Cameron County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windsong Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Windsong Village has also been known as:
      • Windsong Village Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windsong Village
  • Hidalgo County
    • Heidelberg [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heidelberg
      • Heidelberg [Hidalgo County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Heidelberg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heidelberg
    • Indian Hills [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indian Hills
      • Indian Hills [Hidalgo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Hills
    • Mercedes [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mercedes
      • Mercedes [Hidalgo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,598 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mercedes
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mercedes<3>
    • Relampago [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Relampago
      • Relampago [Hidalgo County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Relampago have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Relampago
    • Rio Rico [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rio Rico
      • Rio Rico [Hidalgo County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Harlingen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rio Rico
    • La Villa [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Villa
      • La Villa [Hidalgo County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,935 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for La Villa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Villa
    • Mila Doce [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mila Doce
      • Mila Doce [Hidalgo County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mila Doce have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mila Doce
    • Llano Grande [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Llano Grande
      • Llano Grande [Hidalgo County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Llano Grande have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Llano Grande
    • Progreso [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Progreso
      • Progreso [Hidalgo County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,979 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Progreso have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Progreso
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Progreso<3>
    • Edcouch [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edcouch
      • Edcouch [Hidalgo County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,277 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edcouch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edcouch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Edcouch<3>
    • Progreso Lakes [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Progreso Lakes
      • Progreso Lakes [Hidalgo County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 270 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Progreso Lakes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Progreso Lakes
    • Olivarez [Hidalgo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olivarez
      • Olivarez [Hidalgo County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olivarez have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olivarez
  • Willacy County
    • Sebastian [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sebastian
      • Sebastian [Willacy County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sebastian have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sebastian
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sebastian<3>
    • Santa Monica [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Monica
      • Santa Monica [Willacy County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santa Monica have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Monica
    • Zapata Ranch [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zapata Ranch
      • Zapata Ranch [Willacy County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zapata Ranch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Zapata Ranch has also been known as:
      • Zapata Ranch Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zapata Ranch
    • Lyford South [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyford South
      • Lyford South [Willacy County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lyford South have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lyford South has also been known as:
      • Lyford South Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyford South
    • Lyford [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyford
      • Lyford [Willacy County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,513 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lyford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lyford<3>
    • Willamar [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willamar
      • Willamar [Willacy County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willamar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willamar
    • Raymondville [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raymondville
      • Raymondville [Willacy County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,767 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raymondville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Raymondville<3>
    • Los Angeles Subdivision [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Los Angeles Subdivision
      • Los Angeles Subdivision [Willacy County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Los Angeles Subdivision have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Los Angeles Subdivision
    • Ranchette Estates [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ranchette Estates
      • Ranchette Estates [Willacy County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ranchette Estates have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ranchette Estates has also been known as:
      • Ranchette Estates Colonia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ranchette Estates
    • San Perlita [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Perlita
      • San Perlita [Willacy County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Harlingen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 552 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Perlita
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Perlita<3>
    • Lasara [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lasara
      • Lasara [Willacy County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lasara have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lasara has also been known as:
      • La Sara
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lasara
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lasara<3>
    • Port Mansfield [Willacy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Mansfield
      • Port Mansfield [Willacy County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Harlingen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Port Mansfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Mansfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Port Mansfield<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Harlingen ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Harlingen.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Harlingen. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Harlingen and those printed in the larger area surrounding Harlingen.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km] of Harlingen.

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 professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Harlingen:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Texas

Cemeteries Near Harlingen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Harlingen.

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

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.<5>

While we didn't find Harlingen in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Harlingen.

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

  • Santa Maria [Cameron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Maria
    • Santa Maria [Cameron County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Harlingen
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Santa Maria had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santa Maria have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Maria
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Santa Maria<3>
  • Brownsville [Cameron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brownsville
    • Brownsville [Cameron County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Harlingen
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 6,134 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 183,428 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Brownsville had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brownsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brownsville<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Harlingen. See our List of 1890's Communities around Harlingen.

Mentions & References for Harlingen

The Communities of Texas

About Cameron County

About Texas

The official website for Harlingen: www.myharlingen.us/

The official website for Cameron County: www.co.cameron.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 '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- Harlingen) 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 Harlingen. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from HarlingenOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harlingen. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.1900, Longitude: -97.6945       In this case, the coordinates for Harlingen have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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 Harlingen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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