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South Bend, Texas
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Our Genealogy Helper for South Bend ...

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 South Bend (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 South Bend. 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 South Bend ...

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 South Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Bend: S. Bend

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 and hospitals 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.

South Bend is located in Harris County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harris County: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery & Waller.

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

Harris     (The home county for South Bend)
  Parkland Village   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Baybrook Village   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Clear Lake City   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  South Houston   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Pasadena   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Nassau Bay   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Meadow Creek Village   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Glenbrook Valley   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  El Lago   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Deer Park   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Park Place   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Woodcreek   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Westwood Village   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Brookside Village   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Pearland   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Fairway Village   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Manvel   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hillcrest   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Alvin   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Iowa Colony   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Liverpool   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sandy Point   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beach City   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mont Belvieu   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cove   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Old River-Winfree   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wallisville   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anahuac   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Double Bayou   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Turtle Bayou   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Monroe City   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hankamer   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fort Bend
  Fresno   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Arcola   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hawdon   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Juliff   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Sienna Plantation   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Missouri City   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Trammels   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dewalt   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fifth Street   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Missouri City Estates   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Stafford   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  First Colony   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Quaker Village   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Friendswood   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Parkwood Village   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Carmel Village   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  League City   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clear Lake Shores   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  South Shore Village   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kemah   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bacliff   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Santa Fe   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  San Leon   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Stilson   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Porter   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Caney   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Porter Heights   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in South Bend ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Bend, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Bend.

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 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 South Bend:

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 Harris County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brazoria County:     Cyndi's



Chambers County:     Cyndi's



Fort Bend County:     Cyndi's



Galveston County:     Cyndi's



Liberty County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Bend.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Genoa Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW South Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garden of Angels Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Settlers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Forest Park East Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Betheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dagg Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Paradise South Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Paradise South Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Houston Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Houston Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Manvel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Confederate Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Larrabee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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 South Bend in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Bend.

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

Genoa   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Bend
 - Genoa had railroad service and no post office
Red Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from South Bend
 - Red Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Harrisburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 431 people
 - Harrisburg had a post office and railroad service
Magnolia Park   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Bend
 - Magnolia Park had railroad service and no post office
Dickinson   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Bend
 - Dickinson had a post office and railroad service
Pierce Junction   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Bend
 - Pierce Junction had railroad service and no post office
Alvin   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 261 people (with 26,827 people in 2018)
 - Alvin had a post office and railroad service
Arcadia   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Bend
 - Arcadia had a post office and railroad service
Arcola Junction   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Bend
 - Arcola Junction had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around South Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Bend in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Harris County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harris 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- South Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.5748, Longitude: -95.2100     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Bend 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 South Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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