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Our Genealogy Helper for Stafford ...

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 Stafford (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 Stafford. 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.

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 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.

Stafford is primarily located in Fort Bend County. A portion of Stafford extends into Harris County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fort Bend County: Austin, Brazoria, Harris, Waller & Wharton.

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

  DirDistance
Fort Bend     (The home county for Stafford)
  Missouri City Estates   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Meadows Place   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Meadows   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Fifth Street   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Sugar Land   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Town West   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Missouri City   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  First Colony   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Dewalt   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Trammels   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mission Bend   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  New Territory   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Booth   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
 
Austin
  Brazos Country   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wallis   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Frydek   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  San Felipe   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sealy   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rexville - Historic   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Brazoria
  Fairway Village   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Iowa Colony   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Brookside Village   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pearland   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Manvel   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Westwood Village   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sandy Point   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lochridge   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Woodcreek   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rosharon   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bonney   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Alvin   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Galveston
  Friendswood   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Quaker Village   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Carmel Village   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Parkwood Village   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  League City   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clear Lake Shores   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  South Shore Village   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Santa Fe   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kemah   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bacliff   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  La Marque   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  San Leon   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Harris
  Brays Village East   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Catalina Village   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Cambridge Village   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Post Oak Village   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Alief   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ashford Village   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Westpark Village   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bellaire   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Canterbury Village   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bunker Hill Village   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Piney Point Village   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Southside Place   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hedwig Village   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Matagorda
  Pledger   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Montgomery
  Stagecoach   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oak Ridge North   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  The Woodlands   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chateau Woods   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pinehurst   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Porter   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Porter Heights   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Waller
  Brookshire   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pattison   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Waller   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pine Island   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Prairie View   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wharton
  East Bernard   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Newgulf   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Boling   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hungerford   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nottawa   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lane City   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wharton   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lissie   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Stafford ...

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 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stafford.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Stafford. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Stafford and those printed in the larger area surrounding Stafford.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 3 miles [4.8 km] of Stafford.

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 either 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 Stafford:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.tsl.texas.gov/

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 Fort Bend County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Austin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Brazoria County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Galveston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harris County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Matagorda County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Montgomery County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Waller County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wharton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Fort Bend County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Texas, for Fort Bend 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 Stafford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stafford.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Cementerio San Isidro Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Riceville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Emanuel Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Dewalt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alief Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Forest Park - Westheimer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Sandberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arcola - Fresno Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Beth Jacob 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Stafford had a population of 57 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Stafford had a population of 18,312 people.

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

Sugar Land   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stafford
 - Sugar Land had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jeanetta   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Stafford
 - Jeanetta had railroad service and no post office
 
Harlem   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stafford
 - Harlem had a post office and railroad service
 
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Stafford
 - 1895 population of 106 people
 - Duke had a post office and railroad service
 
Piney Point Village   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Stafford
 - Piney Point Village had railroad service and no post office
 
Clodine   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Stafford
 - Clodine had railroad service and no post office
 
Crabb   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Stafford
 - Crabb had railroad service and no post office
 
Thompsons   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Stafford
 - Thompsons had a post office and railroad service
 
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Stafford
 - Arcola had railroad service and no post office
 
Arcola Junction   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Stafford
 - Arcola Junction had railroad service and no post office
 
Pierce Junction   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Stafford
 - Pierce Junction had railroad service and no post office
 
Addicks   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Stafford
 - Addicks 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 Stafford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stafford in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Stafford ...

While our initial data about Stafford came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Stafford in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Stafford.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Stafford:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Stafford in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Stafford for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Stafford. See our Misc Page for Stafford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Fort Bend County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Stafford: www.cityofstafford.com/

The official website for Fort Bend County: www.co.fort-bend.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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Stafford) 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 Stafford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Stafford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stafford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.6272, Longitude: -95.5653     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stafford 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Stafford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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