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Our Genealogy Helper for Sterling Forest ...

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 Sterling Forest (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 Sterling Forest. 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 Sterling Forest ...

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 Sterling Forest.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sterling Forest: Sterling Frst.

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 and hospitals 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.

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

  DirDistance
Harris     (The home county for Sterling Forest)
  Channelview   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Cloverleaf   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Winterwood Village   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Sheldon   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Highlands   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Jacinto City   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Deer Park   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Galena Park   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pasadena   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Crosby   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  La Porte   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
 
Brazoria
  Woodcreek   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Brookside Village   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pearland   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  West Oaks Village   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Westwood Village   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fairway Village   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Manvel   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hillcrest   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Iowa Colony   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Alvin   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Liverpool   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sandy Point   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Chambers
  Mont Belvieu   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Beach City   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Cove   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Old River-Winfree   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wallisville   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Anahuac   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Turtle Bayou   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Double Bayou   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hankamer   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Monroe City   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Fort Bend
  Fresno   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Missouri City Estates   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Arcola   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fifth Street   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stafford   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Missouri City   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Meadows Place   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Meadows   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dewalt   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hawdon   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Trammels   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Juliff   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Galveston
  Clear Lake Shores   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Quaker Village   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Friendswood   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Parkwood Village   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  South Shore Village   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kemah   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  League City   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Carmel Village   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bacliff   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  San Leon   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Santa Fe   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Liberty
  Stilson   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Plum Grove   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kenefick   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ames   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dayton Lakes   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Raywood   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hardin   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Woodson   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nimrod - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Devers   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Montgomery
  Porter   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Caney   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Roman Forest   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Woodbranch   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Porter Heights   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Patton Village   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Splendora   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Chateau Woods   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oak Ridge North   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  The Woodlands   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Grangerland   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Sterling Forest ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling Forest.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sterling Forest, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sterling Forest.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Sterling Forest:

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 Harris County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brazoria County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Chambers County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fort Bend County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Galveston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Liberty County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Montgomery County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sterling Forest.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW San Jacinto Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE DeZavalla Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Harris County Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Harrington Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Betheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crosby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Hill of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Earthman Memory Gardens   [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 Sterling Forest in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sterling Forest.

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

Red Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sterling Forest
 - Red Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lynchburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Sterling Forest
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Lynchburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sheldon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sterling Forest
 - Sheldon had a post office and railroad service
 
Magnolia Park   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling Forest
 - Magnolia Park had railroad service and no post office
 
Harrisburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling Forest
 - 1895 population of 431 people
 - Harrisburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Crosby   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sterling Forest
 - Crosby had a post office and railroad service
 
Genoa   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sterling Forest
 - Genoa had railroad service and no post office
 
Houston   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Sterling Forest
 - 1895 population of 27,557 people (with 2,325,502 people in 2018)
 - Houston had a post office and railroad service

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Harris County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harris County: www.co.harris.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 'straight-line' (or 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- Sterling Forest) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling Forest. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.7875, Longitude: -95.1445     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling Forest 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 Sterling Forest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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