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Our Genealogy Helper for Dobson ...

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 Dobson (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 Dobson. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and 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.

Dobson is located in Pima 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 Pima County: Cochise, Graham, Maricopa, Pinal, Santa Cruz & Yuma.

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

  • Pima County     (The home county of Dobson)
    • Avra Valley [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Avra Valley
      • Avra Valley [Pima County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Dobson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Avra Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Avra Valley
    • Marana [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marana
      • Marana [Pima County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson
      • Estimated population in 2019: 49,030 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marana<3>
    • Rillito [Pima County]
    • Picture Rocks [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Picture Rocks
      • Picture Rocks [Pima County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Dobson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Picture Rocks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Picture Rocks
    • Cortaro [Pima County]
    • Tortolita [Pima County]
    • Oro Valley [Pima County]
    • Casas Adobes [Pima County]
    • Flowing Wells [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flowing Wells
      • Flowing Wells [Pima County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flowing Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flowing Wells
    • Catalina [Pima County]
    • Tucson Estates [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tucson Estates
      • Tucson Estates [Pima County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tucson Estates have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tucson Estates
    • Pascua Yaqui Indian Village [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pascua Yaqui Indian Village
      • Pascua Yaqui Indian Village [Pima County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pascua Yaqui Indian Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pascua Yaqui Indian Village
  • Pinal County
    • Red Rock [Pinal County]
    • Sasco [Pinal County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sasco
      • Sasco [Pinal County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Sasco. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Picacho [Pinal County]
    • Eloy [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eloy
      • Eloy [Pinal County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19,625 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eloy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eloy<3>
    • Toltec [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toltec
      • Toltec [Pinal County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson
      • Toltec has also been known as:
      • Toltec City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toltec
    • Arizona City [Pinal County]
    • La Palma [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Palma
      • La Palma [Pinal County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Palma
    • Oracle [Pinal County]
    • Eleven Mile Corner [Pinal County]
    • Valley Farms [Pinal County]
    • Coolidge [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coolidge
      • Coolidge [Pinal County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Dobson
      • Estimated population in 2019: 13,130 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coolidge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coolidge<3>
    • Casa Grande [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Casa Grande
      • Casa Grande [Pinal County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson
      • Estimated population in 2019: 58,632 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Casa Grande
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Casa Grande<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Dobson ...

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 242 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dobson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dobson, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dobson.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Dobson:

  • 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 Dobson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dobson.

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

  • Sasco Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sasco Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sasco Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sasco Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sasco Cemetery
  • Silver Bell Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Silver Bell Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Silver Bell Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Silver Bell Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Dobson.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Bell Cemetery
  • Eloy Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Eloy Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Eloy Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Eloy Memorial Park lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eloy Memorial Park
  • Pima County Cemetery
  • Holy Hope Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Hope Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Hope Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Holy Hope Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Hope Cemetery
  • Evergreen Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Evergreen Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Evergreen Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Evergreen Memorial Park lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen Memorial Park
  • Continue List ...
    • Tucson Pioneer Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tucson Pioneer Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tucson Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Tucson Pioneer Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tucson Pioneer Cemetery
    • Armory Park Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Armory Park Cemetery
      • Armory Park Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson.
      • Armory Park Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Military Plaza Park Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Armory Park Cemetery
    • Binghampton Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Binghampton Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Binghampton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Binghampton Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Binghampton Cemetery
    • Monte Calvario Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Monte Calvario Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Monte Calvario Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Monte Calvario Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monte Calvario Cemetery
    • South Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    • East Lawn Palms Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the East Lawn Palms Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the East Lawn Palms Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • East Lawn Palms Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Lawn Palms Cemetery
    • Desert Rose Memorial 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 Dobson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Dobson.

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

  • Red Rock [Pinal County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Rock
    • Red Rock [Pinal County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Dobson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Red Rock had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Rock
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Red Rock<3>
  • Rillito [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rillito
    • Rillito [Pima County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Rillito had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rillito
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rillito<3>
  • Jaynes [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jaynes
    • Jaynes [Pima County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Jaynes had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jaynes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jaynes
  • Picacho [Pinal County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Picacho
    • Picacho [Pinal County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Picacho had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Picacho
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Picacho<3>
  • Tucson [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tucson
    • Tucson [Pima County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Dobson
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 5,150 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 548,073 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Tucson had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tucson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tucson<3>
  • Toltec [Pinal County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toltec
    • Toltec [Pinal County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Dobson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Toltec had railroad service and no post office
    • Toltec has also been known as:
    • Toltec City
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toltec

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arizona

About Pima County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pima County: www.co.pima.az.us/

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- Dobson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dobson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4734, Longitude: -111.2923       In this case, the coordinates for Dobson 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>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 Dobson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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