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Our Genealogy Helper for Elgin ...

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 Elgin (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 Elgin. 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.

Elgin is located in Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz County: Cochise & Pima.

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

  • Santa Cruz County     (The home county of Elgin)
    • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County]
    • Canelo [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canelo
      • Canelo [Santa Cruz County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canelo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Canelo:
      • Canille
    • Casa Blanca [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Casa Blanca
      • Casa Blanca [Santa Cruz County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Elgin
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Casa Blanca. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Crittenden [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crittenden
      • Crittenden [Santa Cruz County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Crittenden. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Kentucky Camp [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kentucky Camp
      • Kentucky Camp [Santa Cruz County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Elgin
    • Patagonia [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Patagonia
      • Patagonia [Santa Cruz County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 874 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Patagonia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Patagonia<2>
    • Harshaw [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harshaw
      • Harshaw [Santa Cruz County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harshaw have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mowry [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mowry
      • Mowry [Santa Cruz County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Mowry. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Alto [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alto
      • Alto [Santa Cruz County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alto have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Salado [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salado
      • Salado [Santa Cruz County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Elgin
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Salado. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Duquesne [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Duquesne
      • Duquesne [Santa Cruz County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Duquesne
    • Madera Canyon [Santa Cruz County]
  • Cochise County
    • Huachuca City [Cochise County]
    • Coronado Village [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coronado Village
      • Coronado Village [Cochise County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coronado Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coronado Village
    • Fort Huachuca [Cochise County]
    • Signal Village [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Signal Village
      • Signal Village [Cochise County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Signal Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Signal Village
    • De Anza Village [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for De Anza Village
      • De Anza Village [Cochise County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for De Anza Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on De Anza Village
    • Sierra Vista [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sierra Vista
      • Sierra Vista [Cochise County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 43,045 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sierra Vista
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sierra Vista<2>
    • Sunnyside [Cochise County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnyside
      • Sunnyside [Cochise County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin
    • Charleston [Cochise County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charleston
      • Charleston [Cochise County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Elgin
    • Fairbank [Cochise County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairbank
      • Fairbank [Cochise County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Elgin
    • Mescal [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mescal
      • Mescal [Cochise County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Elgin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mescal
    • Hereford [Cochise County]
    • Nicksville [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nicksville
      • Nicksville [Cochise County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nicksville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nicksville
  • Pima County
    • Greaterville [Pima County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greaterville
      • Greaterville [Pima County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greaterville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Helvetia [Pima County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helvetia
      • Helvetia [Pima County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Helvetia have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Corona de Tucson [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corona de Tucson
      • Corona de Tucson [Pima County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Corona de Tucson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Corona de Tucson
    • Vail [Pima County]
    • Harrington Place [Pima County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrington Place
      • Harrington Place [Pima County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harrington Place have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • East Sahuarita [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Sahuarita
      • East Sahuarita [Pima County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Elgin
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Sahuarita have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Sahuarita
    • Green Valley [Pima County]
    • Sahuarita [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sahuarita
      • Sahuarita [Pima County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Elgin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 31,421 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sahuarita
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sahuarita<2>

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

Newspapers Published in Elgin ...

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 82 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elgin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elgin, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elgin.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Elgin:

  • 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 Elgin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elgin.

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

  • Fruitland Cemetery
  • Black Oak Cemetery
  • Ft. Huachuca Post Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ft. Huachuca Post Cemetery
    • The Ft. Huachuca Post Cemetery is a large cemetery that is located less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Fort Huachuca.Stated another way, Ft. Huachuca Post Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast of Elgin.
    • Ft. Huachuca Post Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Ft. Huachuca Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ft. Huachuca Post Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #1968897<5>
  • Crittenden Cemetery
  • Gatlin Jones Cemetery
  • Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Fry Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fry Cemetery
      • Fry Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin.
      • Fry Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Fry Family Cemetery
      • Fry Pioneer Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fry Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2176887<5>
    • Greaterville Cemetery
    • Patagonia Cemetery
    • Tompkins Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tompkins Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tompkins Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Tompkins Memorial Park lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tompkins Memorial Park
    • Harshaw Cemetery
    • South Harshaw South Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the South Harshaw South Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the South Harshaw South Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • South Harshaw South Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin.
      • South Harshaw South Cemetery has also been known as:
      • South Harshaw Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Harshaw South Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2580873<5>
    • Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery
    • Cochise Memory Gardens Cemetery
    • Mowry Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mowry Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Mowry Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Mowry Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mowry Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2551837<5>

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 Elgin in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elgin.

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

  • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonoita
    • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Elgin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sonoita had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sonoita
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sonoita<2>
  • Fort Huachuca [Cochise County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Huachuca
    • Fort Huachuca [Cochise County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Elgin
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 296 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Huachuca had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Huachuca
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Huachuca<2>
  • Greaterville [Pima County] - Historic
    • While Greaterville was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greaterville
    • Greaterville [Pima County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Elgin
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 68 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Greaterville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greaterville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Harshaw [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
    • While Harshaw was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harshaw
    • Harshaw [Santa Cruz County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 260 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Harshaw had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harshaw have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Fairbank [Cochise County] - Historic
    • While Fairbank was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairbank
    • Fairbank [Cochise County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Elgin
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 478 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fairbank had a post office and railroad service
  • Contention [Cochise County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Contention
    • Contention [Cochise County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Elgin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Contention had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Contention have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Contention
  • Continue List ...
    • Lochiel [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • While Lochiel was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lochiel
      • Lochiel [Santa Cruz County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Elgin
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lochiel had a post office and no railroad service
      • Former name for Lochiel:
      • Luttrell
    • Pantano [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pantano
      • Pantano [Pima County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Elgin
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pantano had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pantano have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pantano
    • Saint David [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint David
      • Saint David [Cochise County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Elgin
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 32 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Saint David had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint David
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint David<2>
    • Vail [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vail
      • Vail [Pima County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Elgin
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Vail had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vail
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vail<2>
    • Benson [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benson
      • Benson [Cochise County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Elgin
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 348 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,880 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Benson had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Benson<2>
    • Tombstone [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tombstone
      • Tombstone [Cochise County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Elgin
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,875 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,303 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Tombstone had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tombstone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tombstone<2>
    • Calabasas [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • While Calabasas was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Calabasas
      • Calabasas [Santa Cruz County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Elgin
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Calabasas had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Calabasas have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Arizona

About Santa Cruz County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Santa Cruz County: www.co.santa-cruz.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 '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- Elgin) 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 Elgin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elgin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elgin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6605, Longitude: -110.5256    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<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 Elgin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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