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Our Genealogy Helper for Mesa ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Mesa (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 Mesa. 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.

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.

Mesa 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 Mesa. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Mesa:

  • Maricopa County     (The home county of Mesa)
    • Hohokam Village (less than 2 miles to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hohokam Village
      • Hohokam Village lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • 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
    • Summer Place Village (2 miles [3.2 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summer Place Village
      • Summer Place Village lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • 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
    • Royal Palm Village (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Royal Palm Village
      • Royal Palm Village lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • 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
    • Gilbert (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilbert
      • Gilbert lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 257,658 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilbert
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gilbert<3>
    • Shadow Mountain Village Scottsdale (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shadow Mountain Village Scottsdale
      • Shadow Mountain Village Scottsdale lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shadow Mountain Village Scottsdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shadow Mountain Village Scottsdale
    • Sonora (5 miles [8 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonora
      • Sonora lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • 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>
    • Buckhorn (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buckhorn
      • Buckhorn lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buckhorn
    • Tempe (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tempe
      • Tempe lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 200,402 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tempe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tempe<3>
    • Chandler (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chandler
      • Chandler lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 265,398 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chandler
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chandler<3>
    • Corona Village (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corona Village
      • Corona Village lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Corona Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Corona Village
    • Kyrene (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kyrene
      • Kyrene lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kyrene
    • Guadalupe (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guadalupe
      • Guadalupe lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,698 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guadalupe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Guadalupe<3>
  • Pinal County
    • Santan (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santan
      • Santan lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • 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 (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stotonic
      • Stotonic lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • Stotonic has also been known as:
      • Stetonic
      • Stotonik
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stotonic
    • Goldfield (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goldfield
      • Goldfield was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
    • Youngberg (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Youngberg
      • Youngberg lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Youngberg
    • Bapchule (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • Sweetwater (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweetwater
      • Sweetwater lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sweetwater
    • Casa Blanca (20 miles [32.2 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Casa Blanca
      • Casa Blanca lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Casa Blanca
    • Gold Canyon (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
    • Sacaton (23 miles [37 km] to the south)
    • Santa Cruz (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Cruz
    • Maricopa (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maricopa
      • Maricopa lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • Estimated population in 2015: 48,602 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maricopa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maricopa<3>
    • Blackwater (29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blackwater
      • Blackwater lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blackwater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blackwater

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mesa ...

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 69 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mesa.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mesa. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mesa and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mesa.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 10 miles [16.1 km] of Mesa.

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 Mesa:

  • 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 Mesa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mesa.

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

  • 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.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on City of Mesa Cemetery
  • Mesa City Cemetery
  • Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
  • Green Acres Memorial Park
  • 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 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Mesa.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guadalupe Cemetery
  • 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 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Mesa.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Governor Hunt Tomb
  • Tempe Double Butte Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tempe Double Butte Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tempe Double Butte Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tempe Double Butte Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Mesa.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tempe Double Butte Cemetery
  • Twin Buttes Cemetery
  • Mountain View Memorial Gardens
  • 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 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Mesa.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camelback Cemetery
  • St. Francis Cemetery
  • Cross Cut Cemetery
  • Continue List   (49 more) ...

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Mesa had a population of 219 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Mesa had a population of 528,159 people.

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

  • Mesa (Maricopa County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa
    • Mesa lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
    • 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>
  • Lehi (Maricopa County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lehi
    • Lehi lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
    • 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 lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
    • 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 lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kyrene had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kyrene
  • Phoenix (Maricopa County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phoenix
    • Phoenix lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,152 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,708,127 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>
  • Sweetwater (Pinal County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweetwater
    • Sweetwater lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sweetwater had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sweetwater
  • Sacaton (Pinal County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sacaton
    • Sacaton lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
    • 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>
  • Peoria (Maricopa County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peoria
    • Peoria lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179,872 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>
  • Maricopa (Pinal County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maricopa
    • Maricopa lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 75 people
    • Estimated population in 2015: 48,602 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Maricopa had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maricopa
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maricopa<3>
  • Cave Creek (Maricopa County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Creek
    • Cave Creek lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Mesa and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,986 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>
  • Heaton (Pinal County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heaton
    • Heaton lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Mesa and is located in Pinal County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Heaton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Heaton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heaton

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

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Mesa

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arizona

About Maricopa County

About Arizona

The official website for Mesa: www.cityofmesa.org/

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mesa) 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 Mesa. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MesaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mesa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4151, Longitude: -111.8229    
<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 Mesa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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