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Our Genealogy Helper for Peoria ...

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 Peoria (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 Peoria. 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 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.

Peoria is primarily located in Maricopa County. A portion of Peoria extends into Yavapai 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 Peoria. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Peoria:

  • Maricopa County     (The home county of Peoria)
    • Peoria Polynesian Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peoria Polynesian Village
      • Peoria Polynesian Village [Maricopa County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peoria Polynesian Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peoria Polynesian Village
    • Pioneer Village II [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pioneer Village II
      • Pioneer Village II [Maricopa County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pioneer Village II have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pioneer Village II
    • Sunset Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunset Village
      • Sunset Village [Maricopa County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunset Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset Village
    • Sun City [Maricopa County]
    • Youngtown [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Youngtown
      • Youngtown [Maricopa County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Peoria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,859 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Youngtown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Youngtown<3>
    • Peacock Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peacock Village
      • Peacock Village [Maricopa County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peacock Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peacock Village
    • Glendale [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale
      • Glendale [Maricopa County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria
      • Estimated population in 2019: 252,381 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale<3>
    • Tiki Tai Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tiki Tai Village
      • Tiki Tai Village [Maricopa County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tiki Tai Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tiki Tai Village
    • Cheyenne Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cheyenne Village
      • Cheyenne Village [Maricopa County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cheyenne Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cheyenne Village
    • Westbrook Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westbrook Village
      • Westbrook Village [Maricopa County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westbrook Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westbrook Village
    • El Mirage [Maricopa County]
    • Arrowhead Ranch [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arrowhead Ranch
      • Arrowhead Ranch [Maricopa County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Peoria
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arrowhead Ranch
    • Liberty Village [Maricopa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty Village
      • Liberty Village [Maricopa County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Peoria
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Liberty Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty Village
  • Pinal County
    • Santa Cruz [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz [Pinal County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Peoria
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Cruz
    • Maricopa [Pinal County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maricopa
      • Maricopa [Pinal County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of Peoria
      • Estimated population in 2015: 48,602 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maricopa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maricopa<3>
    • Bapchule [Pinal County]
  • Yavapai County
    • Gillett [Yavapai County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gillett
      • Gillett [Yavapai County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Peoria
    • Black Canyon City [Yavapai County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Peoria ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Peoria.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Peoria. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Peoria and those printed in the larger area surrounding Peoria.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 11 miles [17.7 km] of Peoria.

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 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 Peoria:

  • 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 Peoria ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Peoria.

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

  • Resthaven Park West Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Resthaven Park West Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Resthaven Park West Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Resthaven Park West Cemetery
  • Russian Molokan Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Russian Molokan Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Russian Molokan Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Russian Molokan Cemetery
  • Glendale Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Glendale Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Glendale Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendale Memorial Park
  • Sunland Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sunland Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sunland Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunland Memorial Park
  • Sunwest Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sunwest Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sunwest Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sunwest Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Peoria.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunwest Cemetery
  • Heath Grave
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Heath Grave
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Heath Grave have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Heath Grave lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Peoria.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heath Grave
  • Continue List ...
    • Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Cross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Holy Cross Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Peoria.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Cross Cemetery
    • Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Peoria.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery
    • White Tanks Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the White Tanks Cemetery
      • White Tanks Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Peoria.
      • White Tanks Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Maricopa Cemetery
      • Maricopa County Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Tanks Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #1806953<4>
    • Beth Israel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Beth Israel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Beth Israel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Beth Israel Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beth Israel Cemetery
    • Work Circle Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Work Circle Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Work Circle Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Work Circle Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Work Circle Cemetery
    • Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
      • The Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located in Phoenix.More accurately, Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria.
      • Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Forest Lawn Cemetery
      • Greenwood Memorial Cemetery
      • Memory Lawn Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #57026<4>
    • Beth El Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Beth El Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Beth El Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Beth El Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beth El Cemetery
    • Phoenix Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Phoenix Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Phoenix Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Phoenix Memorial Park lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Peoria.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phoenix Memorial Park
    • Knights of Pythias 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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Peoria had a post office and no railroad service. In 2019, Peoria had a population of 175,961 people.

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

  • Peoria [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peoria
    • Peoria [Maricopa County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Peoria
    • Estimated population in 2019: 175,961 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>
  • Phoenix [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phoenix
    • Phoenix [Maricopa County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,152 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,680,992 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>
  • Tempe [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tempe
    • Tempe [Maricopa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 897 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 195,805 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 [Maricopa County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kyrene had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kyrene
  • Buckeye [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buckeye
    • Buckeye [Maricopa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Peoria
    • Estimated population in 2019: 79,620 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Buckeye had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buckeye
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buckeye<3>
  • Cave Creek [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Creek
    • Cave Creek [Maricopa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Peoria
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,838 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>
  • Lehi [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lehi
    • Lehi [Maricopa County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Peoria
    • 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
  • Mesa [Maricopa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa
    • Mesa [Maricopa County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Peoria
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 219 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 518,012 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>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Peoria ...

While our initial data about Peoria came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Peoria 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 Peoria.

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 Peoria:
Services available at that time (1895): no Railroad mentioned

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arizona

About Maricopa County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Peoria: www.peoriaaz.com/

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- Peoria) 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 Peoria. 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 Peoria

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Peoria. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5809, Longitude: -112.2372    
<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 Peoria, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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