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Our Genealogy Helper for Spears Village ...

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 Spears Village (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 Spears Village. 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 Spears Village ...

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 Spears Village.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spears Village: Spears Vlg. (in Canada, 'Vlge.' is the more common abbreviation.)

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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Spears Village 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 Spears Village. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Spears Village:

Harris     (The home county for Spears Village)
  Humble   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Intercontinental Village   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Aldine   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Atascocita   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Greenwood Village   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hunter Ridge Village   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sandpiper Village   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Pinewood Village   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Southbrook   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bear Branch Village   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sherwood Trails Village   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brookside Village   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pearland   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Woodcreek   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fairway Village   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westwood Village   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Manvel   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Iowa Colony   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hillcrest   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Alvin   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mont Belvieu   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Old River-Winfree   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cove   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beach City   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wallisville   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Turtle Bayou   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Anahuac   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hankamer   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fort Bend
  Missouri City Estates   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Meadows Place   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Meadows   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mission Bend   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stafford   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clodine   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fifth Street   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Town West   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fresno   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Missouri City   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cinco Ranch   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Quaker Village   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Friendswood   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Parkwood Village   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clear Lake Shores   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carmel Village   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kemah   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  South Shore Village   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  League City   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bacliff   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  San Leon   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Todd Mission   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Plum Grove   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Stilson   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Nimrod - Historic   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kenefick   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  North Cleveland   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dayton Lakes   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ames   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hardin   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coushatta Village   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Porter   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Porter Heights   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Caney   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Woodbranch   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Roman Forest   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Chateau Woods   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Oak Ridge North   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Patton Village   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  The Woodlands   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Woodloch   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Grangerland   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
San Jacinto
  Magnolia   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shepherd   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Waller   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Spears Village ...

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 1 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spears Village.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spears Village, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spears Village.

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 Spears Village:

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



Grimes County:     Cyndi's



Liberty County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



San Jacinto County:     Cyndi's



Waller 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 Spears Village ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spears Village.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Rosewood Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Humble Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Brookside Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Aldine Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Morales Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Calvary Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eternity Park   [Map]     
  WNW Mueschke Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Eastman Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Golden Gate Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Westcott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harrington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Houston National Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cemetery Beautiful   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Restlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adath Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harris County Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wunsche 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 Spears Village in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spears Village.

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

Humble   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spears Village
 - Humble had a post office and no railroad service
Aldine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spears Village
 - Aldine had railroad service and no post office
Sheldon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spears Village
 - Sheldon had a post office and railroad service
Spring   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spears Village
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Spring had a post office and railroad service
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spears Village
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service
Crosby   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spears Village
 - Crosby had a post office and railroad service
Houston   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spears Village
 - 1895 population of 27,557 people (with 2,325,502 people in 2018)
 - Houston had a post office and railroad service
New Caney   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spears Village
 - New Caney had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Park   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Spears Village
 - Magnolia Park 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 Spears Village. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spears Village in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Texas

About Harris County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spears Village. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spears Village) 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 Spears Village. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spears Village

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spears Village. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.9615, Longitude: -95.2834     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spears Village 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 Spears Village, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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