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Our Genealogy Helper for Nogales ...

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 Nogales (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 Nogales. 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.

Nogales is located in Santa Cruz County and is the County Seat.

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

  • Santa Cruz County     (The home county of Nogales)
    • Beyerville [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beyerville
      • Beyerville [Santa Cruz County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beyerville
    • Kino Springs [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kino Springs
      • Kino Springs [Santa Cruz County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kino Springs
    • Rio Rico Southeast [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rio Rico Southeast
      • Rio Rico Southeast [Santa Cruz County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rio Rico Southeast
    • Rio Rico Southwest [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rio Rico Southwest
      • Rio Rico Southwest [Santa Cruz County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rio Rico Southwest
    • Calabasas [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Calabasas
      • Calabasas [Santa Cruz County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Calabasas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rio Rico [Santa Cruz County]
    • Rio Rico Northwest [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rio Rico Northwest
      • Rio Rico Northwest [Santa Cruz County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rio Rico Northwest
    • Otero [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otero
      • Otero [Santa Cruz County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otero have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rio Rico Northeast [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rio Rico Northeast
      • Rio Rico Northeast [Santa Cruz County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rio Rico Northeast
    • Duquesne [Santa Cruz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Duquesne
      • Duquesne [Santa Cruz County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Duquesne
    • Washington Camp [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Washington Camp
      • Washington Camp [Santa Cruz County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Nogales
    • Mowry [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mowry
      • Mowry [Santa Cruz County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Nogales
      • 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>
  • Cochise County
    • Fort Huachuca [Cochise County]
    • Huachuca City [Cochise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huachuca City
      • Huachuca City [Cochise County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Nogales
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,736 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huachuca City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Huachuca City<3>
  • Pima County
    • Arivaca Junction [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arivaca Junction
      • Arivaca Junction [Pima County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arivaca Junction
    • Arivaca [Pima County]
    • Green Valley [Pima County]
    • Sasabe [Pima County]
    • Sahuarita [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sahuarita
      • Sahuarita [Pima County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
      • Estimated population in 2019: 31,421 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sahuarita
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sahuarita<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Nogales ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nogales.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Nogales. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Nogales and those printed in the larger area surrounding Nogales.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Nogales.

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 Nogales:

  • 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 Nogales ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nogales.

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 Nogales 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.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Nogales had a population of 1,194 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2019, Nogales had a population of 20,103 people.

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

  • Nogales [Santa Cruz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nogales
    • Nogales [Santa Cruz County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Nogales
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,194 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 20,103 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Nogales had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nogales
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nogales<3>
  • 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 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
    • 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.<2> 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 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Nogales
    • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • 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 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Nogales
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lochiel had a post office and no railroad service
    • Former name for Lochiel:
    • Luttrell
  • Tubac [Santa Cruz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tubac
    • Tubac [Santa Cruz County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Nogales
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tubac had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tubac
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tubac<3>
  • Oro Blanco [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
    • While Oro Blanco was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oro Blanco
    • Oro Blanco [Santa Cruz County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Nogales
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 31 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Oro Blanco had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oro Blanco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonoita
    • Sonoita [Santa Cruz County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Nogales
    • 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>
  • Arivaca [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arivaca
    • Arivaca [Pima County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Nogales
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 236 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Arivaca had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arivaca
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arivaca<3>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Nogales ...

While our initial data about Nogales came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Nogales in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Nogales.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Nogales:
Services available at that time (1895): had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Map from 1930, unknown title/publisher

We have found Nogales in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Nogales for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Nogales. See our Misc Page for Nogales for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Arizona

About Santa Cruz County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Nogales: www.cityofnogales.net/

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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Nogales) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Nogales. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nogales

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nogales. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3419, Longitude: -110.9341    
<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 Nogales, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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