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San Miguel, Arizona
(Pima County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for San Miguel ...

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 San Miguel (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 San Miguel. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

San Miguel is located in Pima 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 Pima County: Cochise, Graham, Maricopa, Pinal, Santa Cruz & Yuma.

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

  • Pima County     (The home county of San Miguel)
    • Choulic [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Choulic
      • Choulic [Pima County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of San Miguel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Choulic
    • South Komelik [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Komelik
      • South Komelik [Pima County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of San Miguel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Komelik
    • Chutum Vaya [Pima County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chutum Vaya
      • Chutum Vaya [Pima County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of San Miguel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chutum Vaya have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Vamori [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vamori
      • Vamori [Pima County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of San Miguel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vamori
    • Topawa [Pima County]
    • Sasabe [Pima County]
    • Cowlic [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cowlic
      • Cowlic [Pima County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northwest of San Miguel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cowlic
    • Ali Molina [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ali Molina
      • Ali Molina [Pima County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of San Miguel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ali Molina
    • Ali Chukson [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ali Chukson
      • Ali Chukson [Pima County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of San Miguel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ali Chukson
    • Chiawuli Tak [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chiawuli Tak
      • Chiawuli Tak [Pima County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of San Miguel
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chiawuli Tak
    • Sells [Pima County]
    • Arivaca [Pima County]
  • Santa Cruz County
    • Oro Blanco [Santa Cruz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oro Blanco
      • Oro Blanco [Santa Cruz County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of San Miguel
      • 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.

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

Newspapers Published in San Miguel ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around San Miguel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of San Miguel, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for San Miguel.

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 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 San Miguel:

  • 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 San Miguel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of San Miguel.

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 San Miguel 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.<5>

While we didn't find San Miguel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of San Miguel.

  • Arivaca [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arivaca
    • Arivaca [Pima County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of San Miguel
    • 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 San Miguel. See our List of 1890's Communities around San Miguel.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Arizona

About Pima County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pima County:

The official website for State of Arizona:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- San Miguel) 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 San Miguel. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from San Miguel

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in San Miguel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6165, Longitude: -111.7824    
<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:
<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 San Miguel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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