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Ak-Chin Village, Arizona

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ak-Chin Village ...

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 Ak-Chin Village (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 Ak-Chin Village. 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 Ak-Chin Village ...

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 Ak-Chin Village.

  • Typical abbreviation for Ak-Chin Village: Ak Chin Vlg. (in Canada, 'Vlge.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Ak-Chin Village ...

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 373 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ak-Chin Village.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ak-Chin Village, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ak-Chin Village.

Cemeteries Near Ak-Chin Village ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ak-Chin Village.

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 Ak-Chin Village covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  ENE West Casa Blanca Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ENE Bapchule Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  ENE Sweetwater Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NE Valley of the Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goodyear - Ocotillo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  E East Sacaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Ann Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  NNW Co-Op Village Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  SSE Cockleburr Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 24 miles [38.6 km]  
  SE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  SE Chuichu South Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chuichu North Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Guadalupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Resthaven Park East 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>

While we didn't find Ak-Chin Village in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ak-Chin Village.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Ak-Chin Village, with the one closest to Ak-Chin Village listed first.

Maricopa   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ak-Chin Village
 - 1895 population of 75 people (with 48,602 people in 2015)
 - Maricopa had a post office and railroad service
Heaton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ak-Chin Village
 - Heaton had a post office and no railroad service
Sweetwater   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ak-Chin Village
 - Sweetwater had railroad service and no post office
Sacaton   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) from Ak-Chin Village
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Sacaton had a post office and no railroad service
Estrella   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West (W) from Ak-Chin Village
 - Estrella had railroad service and no post office
Casa Grande   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ak-Chin Village
 - 1895 population of 328 people (with 54,534 people in 2016)
 - Casa Grande had a post office and railroad service
Kyrene   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ak-Chin Village
 - Kyrene had railroad service and no post office
Tempe   [Map]
 - Located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ak-Chin Village
 - 1895 population of 897 people (with 182,498 people in 2016)
 - Tempe 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 Ak-Chin Village. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ak-Chin Village 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Ak-Chin Village is located in Pinal County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pinal County: Gila, Graham, Maricopa & Pima.

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

Pinal     (The home county for Ak-Chin Village)
      Ak Chin   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Maricopa   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Casa Blanca   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stanfield   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bapchule   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Santa Cruz   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sweetwater   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stotonic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sacaton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Santan   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Casa Grande   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vaiva Vo   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chuichu   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gila Crossing   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sun Lakes   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Komatke   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corona Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ahwatukee   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Co-op Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kyrene   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Laveen Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Chandler   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Guadalupe   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maricopa Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chandler Heights   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ventana   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 it should be mentioned 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 Ak-Chin Village:

These websites are specific to Arizona:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the State Library, Archives and Public Records

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Arizona to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Pinal County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Maricopa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pima County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Arizona:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Arizona

About Pinal County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pinal County: www.co.pinal.az.us/

The official website for State of Arizona: www.az.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Ak-Chin Village. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ak-Chin Village) 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 Ak-Chin Village. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ak-Chin Village

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ak-Chin Village. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0290, Longitude: -112.0789     [Map].

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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 Ak-Chin Village, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ak-Chin Village.