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Our Genealogy Helper for Spring Gardens (aka 'Spring Gardens Colonia') ...

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 Spring Gardens (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 Spring Gardens. 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 Spring Gardens ...

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 Spring Gardens.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spring Gardens: Spring Gdns. (or less commonly used: Spring Gardns., Spring Grdens. or Spring Grdns.)

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.

Spring Gardens is located in Hidalgo County.

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

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

Hidalgo     (The home county for Spring Gardens)
  Doolittle   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Faysville   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Seminary Village   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Edinburg   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Cesar Chavez   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Gate City Acres   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  San Carlos   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Nurillo   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hargill   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Muniz   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Murillo   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  La Blanca   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Elsa   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Encino   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Yznaga   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tierra Bonita   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grand Acres   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Santa Rosa   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ratamosa   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bixby   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  La Feria North   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  North La Feria Village   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Solis   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Windsong Village   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  La Feria   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Arroyo Alto   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Primera   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Arkansas City   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Delmita   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  San Isidro   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  La Victoria   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  La Grulla   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alto Bonito   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  West Alto Bonito   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Santa Elena   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Garciasville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  El Refugio   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  La Carla   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  La Puerta   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Las Lomas   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lasara   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Zapata Ranch   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Lyford South   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ranchette Estates   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lyford   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sebastian   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Los Angeles Subdivision   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Raymondville   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  San Perlita   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Willamar   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Santa Monica   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Spring Gardens ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Gardens.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring Gardens, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spring Gardens.

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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Spring Gardens:

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 Hidalgo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brooks County:     Cyndi's



Cameron County:     Cyndi's


Starr County:     Cyndi's



Willacy County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Hidalgo 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 Spring Gardens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spring Gardens.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Cibilo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Restlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Old Edinburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cavazos Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Valle De La Paz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Vela Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Palm Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Cementerio Anahuac Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SW Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Guadalupe 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 Spring Gardens in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spring Gardens.

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

Los Angeles   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Spring Gardens
 - Los Angeles had railroad service and no post office
Hidalgo   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spring Gardens
 - 1895 population of 389 people (with 14,083 people in 2018)
 - Hidalgo had a post office and no railroad service
Havana   [Map]
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spring Gardens
 - Havana had a post office and no railroad service
Santa Maria   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Gardens
 - Santa Maria 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 Spring Gardens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Gardens in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hidalgo 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spring Gardens) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Gardens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.3773, Longitude: -98.1283     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Gardens 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 Spring Gardens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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