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Goodwater, Arizona

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Our Genealogy Helper for Goodwater ...

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 Goodwater (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 Goodwater. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Goodwater is located in Navajo 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 Navajo County: Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham & San Juan (UT).

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

  • Navajo County     (The home county of Goodwater)
    • Sun Valley [Navajo County]
    • Clearview Heights [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clearview Heights
      • Clearview Heights [Navajo County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Goodwater
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clearview Heights
    • Holbrook [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holbrook
      • Holbrook [Navajo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Goodwater
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,084 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holbrook
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Holbrook<2>
    • Woodruff [Navajo County]
    • Joseph City [Navajo County]
    • Indian Wells [Navajo County]
    • Snowflake [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snowflake
      • Snowflake [Navajo County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Goodwater
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,995 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snowflake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Snowflake<2>
    • Taylor [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taylor
      • Taylor [Navajo County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of Goodwater
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,321 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taylor
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taylor<2>
  • Apache County
    • Adamana [Apache County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adamana
      • Adamana [Apache County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Goodwater
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Adamana have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Chambers [Apache County]
    • Sanders [Apache County]
    • Concho [Apache County]

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

Newspapers Published in Goodwater ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Goodwater.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Goodwater, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Goodwater.

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 professional and volunteer 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 Goodwater:

  • 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 Goodwater ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Goodwater.

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

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

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

  • Holbrook [Navajo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holbrook
    • Holbrook [Navajo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Goodwater
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 206 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,084 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Holbrook had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holbrook
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Holbrook<2>
  • Navajo [Apache County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Navajo
    • Navajo [Apache County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Goodwater
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 22 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Navajo had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Navajo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Navajo

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Arizona

About Navajo County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Navajo County:

The official website for State of Arizona:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Goodwater) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Goodwater. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9920, Longitude: -109.9448       In this case, the coordinates for Goodwater have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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>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:
<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 Goodwater, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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