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Our Genealogy Helper for Saint Johns ...

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 Saint Johns (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 Saint Johns. 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.

Name Variations for Saint Johns ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Saint Johns: St. Johns

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Saint Johns is located in Apache 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 Apache County: Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Montezuma (CO), Catron (NM), Cibola (NM), McKinley (NM), San Juan (NM) & San Juan (UT).

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

  • Apache County     (The home county of Saint Johns)
    • Concho [Apache County]
    • Vernon [Apache County]
    • Springerville [Apache County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springerville
      • Springerville [Apache County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Saint Johns
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,985 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springerville<2>
    • Eagar [Apache County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagar
      • Eagar [Apache County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Saint Johns
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,956 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagar<2>
    • Greer [Apache County]
    • Nutrioso [Apache County]
    • McNary [Apache County]
  • Navajo County
    • White Mountain Lake [Navajo County]
    • Snowflake [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snowflake
      • Snowflake [Navajo County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Saint Johns
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,114 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snowflake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Snowflake<2>
  • Cibola County (NM)

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Saint Johns ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saint Johns.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Saint Johns. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Saint Johns and those printed in the larger area surrounding Saint Johns.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Saint Johns.

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 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 Saint Johns:

  • 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
    • Stories from New Mexico

Cemeteries Near Saint Johns ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saint Johns.

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

  • St. Johns Cemetery
  • St. Johns Catholic Cemetery
  • Erastus Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Erastus Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Erastus Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Erastus Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Saint Johns.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Erastus Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2251055<3>
  • Vernon Cemetery
  • Becker Family Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Becker Family Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Becker Family Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Becker Family Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Saint Johns.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Becker Family Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2216549<3>
  • Burk Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Burk Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Burk Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Burk Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Saint Johns.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burk Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2216553<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Eagar Cemetery
    • Morelos Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Morelos Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Morelos Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Morelos Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Saint Johns.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morelos Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38245<3>

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 Saint Johns had a population of 482 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Saint Johns had a population of 3,526 people.

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

  • Saint Johns [Apache County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Johns
    • Saint Johns [Apache County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Saint Johns
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 482 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,526 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Saint Johns had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Johns
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Johns<2>
  • Concho [Apache County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concho
    • Concho [Apache County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Saint Johns
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Concho had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Concho
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Concho<2>
  • Springerville [Apache County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springerville
    • Springerville [Apache County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Saint Johns
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 443 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,985 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Springerville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springerville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springerville<2>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Saint Johns ...

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

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.

Note for Saint Johns:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

Map from 1930 (unknown title/publisher)

Rand McNally Map of Arizona and New Mexico (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Shell Oil Road Map for Arizona (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

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

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

The Communities of Arizona

About Apache County

About Arizona

The official website for Saint Johns: www.stjohnsaz.com/

The official website for Apache County: www.co.apache.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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saint Johns) 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 Saint Johns. 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 Saint JohnsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Johns. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5068, Longitude: -109.3679    
<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 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.
<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 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.
<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 Saint Johns, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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