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Introduction ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Williams Junction (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 Williams Junction. 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 Williams Junction ...

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.

  • A typical abbreviation for Williams Junction: Williams Jct. (or less commonly used: Williams Jctn.)
  • While the name of this community is Williams Junction, be aware that it's the common practice of mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names<1>. So Williams Junction may originally have been William's Junction.

    Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Williams Junction might be written as William Junction.

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Williams Junction is located in Coconino 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 Coconino County: Gila, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai, Kane (UT) & San Juan (UT).

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

  • Coconino County     (The home county of Williams Junction)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Williams Junction, with the one closest to Williams Junction listed first.
    • Williams
      (2 miles [3.2 km] to the west)
    • Parks
      (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
    • Corva ‑ Historic
      (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Corva have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corva
      • Corva is located in Coconino County
    • Bellemont
      (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Flagstaff
      (27 miles [43.5 km] to the east)
    • Kachina Village
      (27 miles [43.5 km] to the east)
    • Mountainaire
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountainaire
      • Mountainaire is located in Coconino County
    • Valle
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valle
      • Valle is located in Coconino County
  • Yavapai County
    • The following are listed by their distance from Williams Junction, with the one closest to Williams Junction listed first.
    • Ash Fork
      (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
    • Drake
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drake
      • Drake is located in Yavapai County
    • Puntenney ‑ Historic
      (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Puntenney. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puntenney
      • Puntenney is located in Yavapai County
    • Paulden
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the southwest)

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

Newspapers Published in Williams Junction ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Williams Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Williams Junction, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<5>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Williams Junction.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Williams Junction:

Cemeteries Near Williams Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Williams Junction.

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

The following cemeteries are listed based on their distance from Williams Junction, with the one closest to Williams Junction listed first.

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.<7>

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

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

  • Williams
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the west)
  • Bellemont
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • Ash Fork
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
  • Puntenney ‑ Historic
    (23 miles [37 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Puntenney. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puntenney
    • Puntenney is located in Yavapai County
  • Flagstaff
    (27 miles [43.5 km] to the east)

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

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

The official website for Coconino County:

The official website for State of Arizona:

Footnotes ...

<1>It's generally believed that possessive apostrophes are removed to prevent confusion on maps where the apostrophe may be confused with a cartographic symbol. While this is generally true, it's not uncommon to find possessive apostrophes in administrative names (such as towns or counties).
<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 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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Williams Junction) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williams Junction. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2447, Longitude: -112.1406       In this case, the coordinates for Williams Junction have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>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:
<7>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 Williams Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.


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