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Our Genealogy Helper for Sterrett ...

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 Sterrett (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 Sterrett. 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Sterrett is located in Ellis County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ellis County: Dallas, Henderson, Hill, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro & Tarrant.

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

Ellis     (The home county for Sterrett)
  Red Oak   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Pecan Hill   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Oak Leaf   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Waxahachie   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Ovilla   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Ike   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Palmer   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Midlothian   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Ferris   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Boz   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Howard   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Garrett   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Murphy   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Plano   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Glenn Heights   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  DeSoto   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Lancaster   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Shamrock   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Cedar Hill   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Wilmer   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Duncanville   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Hutchins   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Lisbon - Historic   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Jimtown Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Cockrell Hill   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Grand Prairie   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Hebron   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Lewisville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Seven Points   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Tool   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Mertens   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Itasca   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Carl's Corner   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Brandon   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Lovelace   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Covington   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Irene   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Bynum   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Hillsboro   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Malone   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Chatt   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Blum   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Venus   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Lillian   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Alvarado   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Grandview   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Briaroaks   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Coyote Flats   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Burleson   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Cross Timber   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Keene   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Parker   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Joshua   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Cleburne   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Combine   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Rosser   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Crandall   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Cottonwood   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Scurry   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Grays Prairie   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Forney   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Talty   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Lone Star   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Kaufman   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Post Oak Bend City   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Cryer Creek - Historic   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Rice   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Emhouse   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Blooming Grove   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Frost   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Barry   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Chatfield   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Corsicana   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Oak Valley   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Retreat   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Navarro Mills   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Silver City   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Heath   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  McLendon-Chisholm   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Rockwall   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Mobile City   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Mansfield   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Arlington   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Dalworthington Gardens   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  University Park Village   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Rendon   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Retta   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Kennedale   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Pantego   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Everman   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Euless   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Bedford   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Sterrett ...

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 247 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterrett.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sterrett, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sterrett.

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 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 Sterrett:

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 Ellis County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Collin County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Denton County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County:     Cyndi's



Hill County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Kaufman County:     Cyndi's



Navarro County:     Cyndi's



Rockwall County:     Cyndi's



Tarrant County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Ellis County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Texas, for Ellis 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 Sterrett ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sterrett.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  E Bell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bells Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  E Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hillcrest Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Prude Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  NNW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  ENE Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rawlins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  NNE Edgewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  NNW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lucille Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ferris Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Newton 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sterrett had a post office and railroad service.

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

Red Oak   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sterrett
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 13,105 people in 2018)
 - Red Oak had a post office and railroad service
Waxahachie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the South (S) from Sterrett
 - 1895 population of 3,076 people (with 36,807 people in 2018)
 - Waxahachie had a post office and railroad service
Sardis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Sterrett
 - Sardis had railroad service and no post office
Ovilla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Sterrett
 - 1895 population of 139 people (with 4,146 people in 2018)
 - Ovilla had a post office and no railroad service
DeSoto   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sterrett
 - DeSoto had a post office and no railroad service
Boyce   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Sterrett
 - Boyce had a post office and no railroad service
Lancaster   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sterrett
 - 1895 population of 741 people (with 39,477 people in 2018)
 - Lancaster had a post office and railroad service
Palmer   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sterrett
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 2,070 people in 2018)
 - Palmer 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 Sterrett. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sterrett in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sterrett ...

While our initial data about Sterrett came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sterrett 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 Sterrett.

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 Sterrett:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Ellis County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Ellis 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 from Point A (ie- Sterrett) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterrett. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4740, Longitude: -96.8314     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterrett have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Sterrett, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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