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Our Genealogy Helper for Desert Highlands ...

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 Desert Highlands (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 Desert Highlands. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Desert Highlands is located in Maricopa 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 Desert Highlands. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Desert Highlands:

  • Maricopa County     (The home county of Desert Highlands)
    • Pinnacle Peak Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinnacle Peak Village
      • Pinnacle Peak Village [Maricopa County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pinnacle Peak Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinnacle Peak Village
    • Carefree Foothills [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carefree Foothills
      • Carefree Foothills [Maricopa County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Desert Highlands
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carefree Foothills
    • Oakhurst [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakhurst
      • Oakhurst [Maricopa County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakhurst
    • Carefree [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carefree
      • Carefree [Maricopa County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Desert Highlands
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,927 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carefree
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carefree<3>
    • Cave Creek [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Creek
      • Cave Creek [Maricopa County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Desert Highlands
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,838 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cave Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cave Creek<3>
    • Continental Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Continental Village
      • Continental Village [Maricopa County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Continental Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Continental Village
    • Paradise Village North II [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise Village North II
      • Paradise Village North II [Maricopa County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise Village North II have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise Village North II
    • Sandalwood [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandalwood
      • Sandalwood [Maricopa County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandalwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandalwood
    • Rio Verde [Maricopa County]
    • Fountain Hills [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fountain Hills
      • Fountain Hills [Maricopa County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Desert Highlands
      • Estimated population in 2019: 25,200 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fountain Hills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fountain Hills<3>
    • Palm Lakes Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palm Lakes Village
      • Palm Lakes Village [Maricopa County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palm Lakes Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palm Lakes Village
    • Paradise City [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise City
      • Paradise City [Maricopa County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise City
    • Fort McDowell [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort McDowell
      • Fort McDowell [Maricopa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Desert Highlands
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort McDowell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort McDowell
  • Gila County
  • Pinal County
    • Apache Junction [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apache Junction
      • Apache Junction [Pinal County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Desert Highlands
      • Estimated population in 2019: 42,571 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apache Junction
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Apache Junction<3>
    • Goldfield [Pinal County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goldfield
      • Goldfield [Pinal County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Desert Highlands
    • Youngberg [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Youngberg
      • Youngberg [Pinal County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Desert Highlands
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Youngberg
    • Gold Canyon [Pinal County]
    • Bapchule [Pinal County]
  • Yavapai County
    • Gillett [Yavapai County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gillett
      • Gillett [Yavapai County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Desert Highlands
    • Black Canyon City [Yavapai County]
    • Bumble Bee [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bumble Bee
      • Bumble Bee [Yavapai County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Desert Highlands
      • Former name for Bumble Bee:
      • Snyder's Station
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bumble Bee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bumble Bee<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Desert Highlands ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Desert Highlands.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Desert Highlands, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Desert Highlands.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Desert Highlands:

  • 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 Desert Highlands ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Desert Highlands.

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

  • Hansen Desert Hills Memorial Park
  • Cave Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cave Creek Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cave Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Cave Creek Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Desert Highlands.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cave Creek Cemetery
  • Paradise Memorial Gardens
  • National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
  • Phoenix Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Phoenix Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Phoenix Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Phoenix Memorial Park lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Desert Highlands.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phoenix Memorial Park
  • 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 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camelback Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • 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 southeast of Desert Highlands.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jim Hart Memorial Monument
    • St. Francis Cemetery
    • Valley of the Sun Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Valley of the Sun Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Valley of the Sun Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Valley of the Sun Memorial Park lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley of the Sun Memorial Park
    • 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 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Governor Hunt Tomb
    • Green Acres Memorial Park
    • Cross Cut Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cross Cut Cemetery
      • Cross Cut Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands.
      • Cross Cut Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Cactus Mound Cemetery
      • Williams Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cross Cut Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2167539<4>
    • 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 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands.
      • 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 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesa City Cemetery
    • Resthaven Park West Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Resthaven Park West Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Resthaven Park West Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Resthaven Park West Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Resthaven Park West 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.<5>

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

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

  • Cave Creek [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Creek
    • Cave Creek [Maricopa County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Desert Highlands
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,838 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cave Creek had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cave Creek
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cave Creek<3>
  • Lehi [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lehi
    • Lehi [Maricopa County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands
    • 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
  • Tempe [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tempe
    • Tempe [Maricopa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 897 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 195,805 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>
  • Mesa [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa
    • Mesa [Maricopa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 219 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 518,012 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>
  • Phoenix [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phoenix
    • Phoenix [Maricopa County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,152 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,680,992 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Phoenix had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phoenix
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Phoenix<3>
  • Peoria [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peoria
    • Peoria [Maricopa County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Desert Highlands
    • Estimated population in 2019: 175,961 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Peoria had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peoria
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Peoria<3>
  • Kyrene [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kyrene
    • Kyrene [Maricopa County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Desert Highlands
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kyrene had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kyrene

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Arizona

About Maricopa County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Desert Highlands) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Desert Highlands. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7139, Longitude: -111.8613       In this case, the coordinates for Desert Highlands have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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>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.
<5>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 Desert Highlands, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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