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Our Genealogical Helper for Turtle Lake ...

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 Turtle Lake (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Turtle Lake. 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 Turtle Lake ...

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 Turtle Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Turtle Lake: Turtle Lk.

Cemeteries Near Turtle Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Turtle Lake.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Turtle Lake covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  NNW Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Dowdell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Knigge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Clow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roeder Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Muller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Houston National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ehrhardt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McDougle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Paradise North Cemtery   [Map]     
  NE Glameyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Klein Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fritsche Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Pillot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Willow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cemetery Beautiful   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Restlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Eastman Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Wunsche Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Budde Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Huckabee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Zahn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. John 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 Turtle Lake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Turtle Lake.

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

Cypress   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Turtle Lake
 - Cypress had railroad service and no post office
Westfield   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Turtle Lake
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Westfield had railroad service and no post office
Addicks   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Turtle Lake
 - Addicks had a post office and no railroad service
Piney Point Village   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Turtle Lake
 - Piney Point Village had railroad service and no post office
Spring   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Turtle Lake
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Spring had a post office and railroad service
Rose Hill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Turtle Lake
 - 1895 population of 236 people
 - Rose Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Aldine   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Turtle Lake
 - Aldine had railroad service and no post office
Jeanetta   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Turtle Lake
 - Jeanetta 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 Turtle Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Turtle Lake in the 1890's.

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.

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

Harris     (The home county for Turtle Lake)
      Woodedge Village   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Deco   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      North Houston   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Jersey Village   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Louetta - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Greenwood Forest   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hudson   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Northmead Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Greenfield Village   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Middlegate Village   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Oak Creek Village   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Concord Bridge   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brazos Country   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      San Felipe   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wallis   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sealy   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brookside Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fairway Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Oaks Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Westwood Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodcreek   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iowa Colony   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Manvel   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sandy Point   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lochridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fort Bend
      Mission Bend   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clodine   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cinco Ranch   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pin Oak Village   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      West Oaks Village   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Town West   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Meadows Place   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meadows   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Missouri City Estates   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fifth Street   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Sugar Land   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Quaker Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Friendswood   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parkwood Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carmel Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Todd Mission   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Plum Grove   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nimrod - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stilson   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Cleveland   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      The Woodlands   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Ridge North   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stagecoach   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shenandoah   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chateau Woods   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pinehurst   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Porter Heights   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodloch   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Porter   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grangerland   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Caney   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waller   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brookshire   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pattison   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Prairie View   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Island   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hempstead   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Graball - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Turtle Lake:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Austin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Brazoria County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fort Bend County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Galveston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grimes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Liberty County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waller County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Harris County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 that stretches from Turtle Lake. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Turtle Lake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turtle Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.9425, Longitude: -95.5640     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Turtle Lake 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 Turtle Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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