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Our Genealogy Helper for Mescal ...

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 Mescal (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 Mescal. 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.

Mescal is located in Cochise 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 Cochise County: Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Santa Cruz & Hidalgo (NM).

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

  • Cochise County     (The home county of Mescal)
    • Whetstone [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whetstone
      • Whetstone [Cochise County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whetstone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whetstone
    • Benson [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benson
      • Benson [Cochise County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Mescal
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,880 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Benson<3>
    • Pomerene [Cochise County]
    • Saint David [Cochise County]
    • Fairbank [Cochise County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairbank
      • Fairbank [Cochise County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal
    • Dragoon [Cochise County]
    • Huachuca City [Cochise County]
    • Charleston [Cochise County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charleston
      • Charleston [Cochise County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal
    • Tombstone [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tombstone
      • Tombstone [Cochise County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,303 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tombstone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tombstone<3>
    • Coronado Village [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coronado Village
      • Coronado Village [Cochise County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coronado Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coronado Village
    • De Anza Village [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for De Anza Village
      • De Anza Village [Cochise County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for De Anza Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on De Anza Village
    • Fort Huachuca [Cochise County]
  • Pima County
    • Harrington Place [Pima County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrington Place
      • Harrington Place [Pima County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harrington Place have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Vail [Pima County]
    • Corona de Tucson [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corona de Tucson
      • Corona de Tucson [Pima County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Corona de Tucson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Corona de Tucson
    • Helvetia [Pima County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helvetia
      • Helvetia [Pima County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Helvetia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Greaterville [Pima County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greaterville
      • Greaterville [Pima County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greaterville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tanque Verde [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tanque Verde
      • Tanque Verde [Pima County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Mescal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tanque Verde
    • Littletown [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littletown
      • Littletown [Pima County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littletown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littletown
    • Drexel-Alvernon [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drexel-Alvernon
      • Drexel-Alvernon [Pima County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Mescal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Drexel-Alvernon
    • Vandenberg Village [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vandenberg Village
      • Vandenberg Village [Pima County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vandenberg Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vandenberg Village
    • East Sahuarita [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Sahuarita
      • East Sahuarita [Pima County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Sahuarita have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Sahuarita
    • Summit [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summit
      • Summit [Pima County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Summit have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summit
    • Sahuarita [Pima County]
  • Santa Cruz County
    • Elgin [Santa Cruz County]
    • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County]
    • Kentucky Camp [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kentucky Camp
      • Kentucky Camp [Santa Cruz County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Mescal
    • Canelo [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canelo
      • Canelo [Santa Cruz County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Mescal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canelo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Canelo:
      • Canille
    • Madera Canyon [Santa Cruz County]
    • Patagonia [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Patagonia
      • Patagonia [Santa Cruz County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Mescal
      • Estimated population in 2019: 874 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Patagonia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Patagonia<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Mescal ...

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 214 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mescal.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mescal, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mescal.

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 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 Mescal:

  • 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 Mescal ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mescal.

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

  • White Cross Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the White Cross Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the White Cross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Cross Cemetery
  • Benson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Benson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Benson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Benson Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Mescal.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benson Cemetery
  • Cochise Gardens of Rest Cemetery
  • St. David Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. David Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. David Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • St. David Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. David Cemetery
  • Apodaca Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Apodaca Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Apodaca Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Apodaca Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Mescal.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apodaca Cemetery
  • Vail Childrens' Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Vail Childrens' Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Vail Childrens' Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Vail Childrens' Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Mescal.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vail Childrens' Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Rincon Congregational Church Columbarium
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rincon Congregational Church Columbarium
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rincon Congregational Church Columbarium have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Rincon Congregational Church Columbarium lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Mescal.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rincon Congregational Church Columbarium
    • Dragoon Springs Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dragoon Springs Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Dragoon Springs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Dragoon Springs Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Mescal.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dragoon Springs Cemetery
    • Fruitland Cemetery
    • Fairbank Pioneer Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fairbank Pioneer Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Fairbank Pioneer Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<5>
      • Fairbank Pioneer Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairbank Pioneer Cemetery
    • Helvetia Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Helvetia Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Helvetia Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Helvetia Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Mescal.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helvetia Cemetery
    • Greaterville Cemetery
    • Tanque Verde Ranch Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tanque Verde Ranch Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tanque Verde Ranch Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Tanque Verde Ranch Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Mescal.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tanque Verde Ranch Cemetery
    • All Faiths Memorial Park
    • Gamez 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 Mescal in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mescal.

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

  • Benson [Cochise County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benson
    • Benson [Cochise County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Mescal
    • 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<3>
  • Pantano [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pantano
    • Pantano [Pima County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
    • 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.<2> 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 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Mescal
    • 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<3>
  • Vail [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vail
    • Vail [Pima County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
    • 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<3>
  • Contention [Cochise County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Contention
    • Contention [Cochise County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal
    • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Contention
  • Esmond [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Esmond
    • Esmond [Pima County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Esmond had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Esmond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Esmond
  • Continue List ...
    • 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 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 478 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Fairbank had a post office and railroad service
    • 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 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Mescal
      • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Dragoon [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dragoon
      • Dragoon [Cochise County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Mescal
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Dragoon had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dragoon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dragoon<3>
    • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonoita
      • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Mescal
      • 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<3>
    • Wilmot [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilmot
      • Wilmot [Pima County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Mescal
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wilmot had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wilmot have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilmot
    • Tombstone [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tombstone
      • Tombstone [Cochise County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Mescal
      • 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<3>
    • Fort Huachuca [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Huachuca
      • Fort Huachuca [Cochise County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Mescal
      • 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<3>

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cochise County: www.cochise.az.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Mescal) 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 Mescal. 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 Mescal

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mescal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9758, Longitude: -110.4347    
<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>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.
<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 Mescal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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