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Our Genealogy Helper for Apache Junction ...

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 Apache Junction (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 Apache Junction. 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.

Name Variations for Apache Junction ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Apache Junction: Apache Jct. (or less commonly used: Apache Jctn.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 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.

Apache Junction is primarily located in Maricopa County. A portion of Apache Junction extends into Pinal County.

To see how the shape of Arizona's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Maricopa County: Gila, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai & Yuma.

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

  • Maricopa County     (The home county of Apache Junction)
    • Silver Spur Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Spur Village
      • Silver Spur Village [Maricopa County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Spur Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Spur Village
    • Buckhorn [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buckhorn
      • Buckhorn [Maricopa County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buckhorn
    • Royal Palm Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Royal Palm Village
      • Royal Palm Village [Maricopa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Royal Palm Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Royal Palm Village
    • Tortilla Flat [Maricopa County]
    • Higley [Maricopa County]
    • Queen Creek [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queen Creek
      • Queen Creek [Maricopa County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,097 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queen Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Queen Creek<3>
    • Summer Place Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summer Place Village
      • Summer Place Village [Maricopa County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Summer Place Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summer Place Village
    • Sanokai Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sanokai Village
      • Sanokai Village [Maricopa County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sanokai Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanokai Village
    • Gilbert [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilbert
      • Gilbert [Maricopa County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 257,658 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilbert
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gilbert<3>
    • Sonora [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonora
      • Sonora [Maricopa County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sonora have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sonora
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sonora<3>
    • Hohokam Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hohokam Village
      • Hohokam Village [Maricopa County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hohokam Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hohokam Village
    • Mesa [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa
      • Mesa [Maricopa County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 528,159 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesa<3>
  • Gila County
    • Roosevelt [Gila County]
    • Tonto Basin [Gila County]
    • Miami [Gila County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Miami
      • Miami [Gila County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the east of Apache Junction
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,792 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Miami
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Miami<3>
    • Claypool [Gila County]
  • Pinal County
    • Goldfield [Pinal County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goldfield
      • Goldfield [Pinal County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Apache Junction
    • Youngberg [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Youngberg
      • Youngberg [Pinal County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Apache Junction
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Youngberg
    • Gold Canyon [Pinal County]
    • Gold Camp [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gold Camp
      • Gold Camp [Pinal County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gold Camp have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gold Camp
    • Queen Valley [Pinal County]
    • Smelter Town [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smelter Town
      • Smelter Town [Pinal County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smelter Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smelter Town
    • Santan [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santan
      • Santan [Pinal County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santan
    • Stotonic [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stotonic
      • Stotonic [Pinal County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction
      • Stotonic has also been known as:
      • Stetonic
      • Stotonik
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stotonic
    • Pinal [Pinal County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinal
      • Pinal [Pinal County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Apache Junction
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Pinal. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Sacaton [Pinal County]
    • Sweetwater [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweetwater
      • Sweetwater [Pinal County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sweetwater
    • Bapchule [Pinal County]

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

Newspapers Published in Apache Junction ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Apache Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Apache Junction, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Apache Junction.

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 helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Apache Junction:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Arizona

Cemeteries Near Apache Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Apache Junction.

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

  • Mountain View Memorial Gardens
  • Jim Hart Memorial Monument
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jim Hart Memorial Monument
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jim Hart Memorial Monument have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jim Hart Memorial Monument lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Apache Junction.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jim Hart Memorial Monument
  • Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
    • The Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located in Gilbert.To be more accurate, Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction.
    • Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Queen of Heaven Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #57094<5>
  • City of Mesa Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the City of Mesa Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the City of Mesa Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • City of Mesa Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on City of Mesa Cemetery
  • Mesa City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mesa City Cemetery
    • Mesa City Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesa City Cemetery
  • Green Acres Memorial Park
  • Continue List ...
    • Goodyear - Ocotillo Cemetery
    • Valley of the Sun Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Valley of the Sun Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Valley of the Sun Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Valley of the Sun Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley of the Sun Cemetery
    • Reevis Gravesite
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Reevis Gravesite
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Reevis Gravesite have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Reevis Gravesite lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Apache Junction.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reevis Gravesite
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #57095<5>
    • Stotonic Cemetery
    • St. Ann Catholic Church Cemetery
    • Paradise Memorial Gardens
    • Governor Hunt Tomb
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Governor Hunt Tomb
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Governor Hunt Tomb have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Governor Hunt Tomb lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Governor Hunt Tomb
    • Camelback Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Camelback Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Camelback Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Camelback Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camelback Cemetery
    • Guadalupe Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Guadalupe Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Guadalupe Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Guadalupe Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guadalupe Cemetery

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.<6>

While we didn't find Apache Junction in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Apache Junction.

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

  • Lehi [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lehi
    • Lehi [Maricopa County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 269 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lehi had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lehi have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lehi
  • Mesa [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa
    • Mesa [Maricopa County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 219 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 528,159 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Mesa had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesa
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesa<3>
  • Tempe [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tempe
    • Tempe [Maricopa County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 897 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 200,402 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Tempe had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tempe
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tempe<3>
  • Kyrene [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kyrene
    • Kyrene [Maricopa County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Apache Junction
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kyrene had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kyrene
  • Reymert [Pinal County] - Historic
    • While Reymert was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reymert
    • Reymert [Pinal County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Apache Junction
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 254 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Reymert had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reymert have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Sweetwater [Pinal County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweetwater
    • Sweetwater [Pinal County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sweetwater had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sweetwater
  • Continue List ...
    • Sacaton [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sacaton
      • Sacaton [Pinal County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Apache Junction
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 42 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Sacaton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sacaton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sacaton<3>
    • Pinal [Pinal County] - Historic
      • While Pinal was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinal
      • Pinal [Pinal County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Apache Junction
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 261 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pinal had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Pinal. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Silver King [Pinal County] - Historic
      • While Silver King was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver King
      • Silver King [Pinal County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Apache Junction
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 212 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Silver King had a post office and no railroad service
    • Florence [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Florence
      • Florence [Pinal County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Apache Junction
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,486 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,049 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Florence had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Florence<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Apache Junction. See our List of 1890's Communities around Apache Junction.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Apache Junction ...

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

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

Shell Oil Road Map for Arizona (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Apache Junction: www.ajcity.net/

The official website for Maricopa County: www.maricopa.gov/

The official website for State of Arizona: https://az.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- Apache Junction) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Apache Junction. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Apache JunctionOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Apache Junction. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4149, Longitude: -111.5501    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>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.
<6>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 Apache Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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