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Spring Valley, Texas
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Our Genealogy Helper for Spring Valley ...

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 Valley (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 Valley. 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 Valley ...

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 Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spring Valley: Spring Vly. (or less commonly used: Spring Vally. or Spring Vlly.)

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 doctors 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.

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

Harris     (The home county for Spring Valley)
  Hilshire Village   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  City of Spring Valley Village   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Hunters Creek Village   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Hedwig Village   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles
  Piney Point Village   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Bunker Hill Village   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Candlelight Oaks Village   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bellaire   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  West University Place   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brays Village East   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Garden City Park   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Alief   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ashford Village   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Brazos Country   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Frydek   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wallis   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  San Felipe   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sealy   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brookside Village   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fairway Village   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pearland   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Westwood Village   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Woodcreek   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Iowa Colony   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Manvel   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Sandy Point   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lochridge   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rosharon   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alvin   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hillcrest   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mont Belvieu   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beach City   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fort Bend
  Missouri City Estates   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Meadows Place   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Meadows   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mission Bend   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stafford   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Town West   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clodine   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fifth Street   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sugar Land   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Missouri City   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cinco Ranch   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dewalt   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Quaker Village   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Friendswood   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carmel Village   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Parkwood Village   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  League City   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clear Lake Shores   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  South Shore Village   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kemah   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bacliff   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Santa Fe   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  San Leon   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Todd Mission   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Plum Grove   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stilson   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oak Ridge North   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chateau Woods   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  The Woodlands   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Porter   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Porter Heights   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stagecoach   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pinehurst   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Woodloch   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Caney   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Grangerland   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Roman Forest   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brookshire   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pattison   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Waller   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Prairie View   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pine Island   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hempstead   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  East Bernard   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 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 Valley:

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:

Austin County:     Cyndi's



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



Waller County:     Cyndi's



Wharton 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 Spring Valley ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Beth El Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE College Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE Adath Yeshurun Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Olivewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Memorial Oaks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Forest Park - Westheimer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Emanuel Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Adath Emeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adath Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Restlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cemetery Beautiful   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Paradise North Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Alief Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Riceville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Hollywood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Bear Creek Methodist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE St. Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Westcott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Houston National 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 Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spring Valley.

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

Piney Point Village   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spring Valley
 - Piney Point Village had railroad service and no post office
Jeanetta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spring Valley
 - Jeanetta had railroad service and no post office
Addicks   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Spring Valley
 - Addicks had a post office and no railroad service
Houston   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 27,557 people (with 2,325,502 people in 2018)
 - Houston had a post office and railroad service
Pierce Junction   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Valley
 - Pierce Junction had railroad service and no post office
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 57 people (with 18,312 people in 2018)
 - Stafford had a post office and railroad service
Clodine   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spring Valley
 - Clodine had railroad service and no post office
Westfield   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Westfield had railroad service and no post office
Magnolia Park   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spring Valley
 - 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 Spring Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Valley in the 1890's.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spring Valley:

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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spring Valley) 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 Spring Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spring Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.7897, Longitude: -95.5036     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Valley 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 Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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