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Our Genealogy Helper for Acton ...

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 Acton (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 Acton. 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 southeast 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 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.

Acton is located in Los Angeles County.

To see how the shape of California's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Los Angeles County: Kern, Orange, San Bernardino & Ventura.

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

  • Los Angeles County     (The home county of Acton)
    • Paris [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paris
      • Paris [Los Angeles County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Acton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paris
    • Vincent [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vincent
      • Vincent [Los Angeles County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vincent
    • Agua Dulce [Los Angeles County]
    • Desert View Highlands [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Desert View Highlands
      • Desert View Highlands [Los Angeles County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Acton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Desert View Highlands
    • Harold [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harold
      • Harold [Los Angeles County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harold have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harold
    • Palmdale [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmdale
      • Palmdale [Los Angeles County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 150,498 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palmdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Palmdale<2>
    • Leona Valley [Los Angeles County]
    • Littlerock [Los Angeles County]
    • Quartz Hill [Los Angeles County]
    • Mint Canyon [Los Angeles County]
    • Juniper Hills [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Juniper Hills
      • Juniper Hills [Los Angeles County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Acton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Juniper Hills
    • Canyon Country [Los Angeles County]
  • Kern County
  • Orange County
    • La Habra [Orange County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Habra
      • La Habra [Orange County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 62,285 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Habra
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Habra<2>
  • San Bernardino County
    • Pinon Hills [San Bernardino County]
    • Wrightwood [San Bernardino County]
    • Phelan [San Bernardino County]
    • Montclair [San Bernardino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montclair
      • Montclair [San Bernardino County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,600 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montclair
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montclair<2>
    • Upland [San Bernardino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Upland
      • Upland [San Bernardino County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 77,850 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Upland<2>
  • Solano County
  • Ventura County
    • Simi Valley [Ventura County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Simi Valley
      • Simi Valley [Ventura County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 125,168 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Simi Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Simi Valley<2>
    • Piru [Ventura County]
    • Oak Park [Ventura County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Acton ...

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 117 newspapers that have been published in the area around Acton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Acton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Acton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Acton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km] of Acton.

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 Acton:

  • 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 California

Cemeteries Near Acton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Acton.

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

  • Acton Community Cemetery
  • Desert Lawn Memorial Park
  • Palmdale Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Palmdale Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Palmdale Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Palmdale Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palmdale Cemetery
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery
  • Glen Haven Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Glen Haven Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Glen Haven Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Glen Haven Memorial Park lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Haven Memorial Park
  • Sholom Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sholom Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sholom Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sholom Memorial Park lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sholom Memorial Park
  • Continue List ...
    • Verdugo Hills Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Verdugo Hills Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Verdugo Hills Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Verdugo Hills Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Acton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Verdugo Hills Cemetery
    • Joshua Memorial Park
    • Lancaster Cemetery
    • Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Pioneer Memorial Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
    • Eternal Valley Memorial Park
    • Mountain View Cemetery
    • Mountain View Mausoleum
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain View Mausoleum
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mountain View Mausoleum have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mountain View Mausoleum lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Acton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View Mausoleum
    • Eden Memorial Park
    • San Fernando Mission Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the San Fernando Mission Cemetery
      • The San Fernando Mission Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located in Mission Hills.To be more precise, San Fernando Mission Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton.
      • San Fernando Mission Cemetery has also been known as:
      • San Fernando Mission Catholic Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Fernando Mission Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #109027<4>

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, Acton had a post office and railroad service.

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

  • Acton [Los Angeles County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Acton
    • Acton [Los Angeles County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Acton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Acton had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Acton<2>
  • Ravenna [Los Angeles County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ravenna
    • Ravenna [Los Angeles County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 59 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ravenna had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ravenna have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ravenna
  • Vincent [Los Angeles County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vincent
    • Vincent [Los Angeles County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Vincent had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vincent
  • Russ [Los Angeles County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Russ
    • Russ [Los Angeles County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Acton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Russ had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Russ have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Russ
  • Alpine [Los Angeles County] - Historic
    • While Alpine was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpine
    • Alpine [Los Angeles County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Alpine had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Harold [Los Angeles County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harold
    • Harold [Los Angeles County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Harold had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harold have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harold
  • Continue List ...
    • Palmdale [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmdale
      • Palmdale [Los Angeles County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 150,498 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Palmdale had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palmdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Palmdale<2>
    • Lang [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lang
      • Lang [Los Angeles County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Acton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lang had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lang have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lang
    • Sunland [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunland
      • Sunland [Los Angeles County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sunland had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunland
    • Lancaster [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lancaster
      • Lancaster [Los Angeles County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Acton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 305 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 155,822 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lancaster had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lancaster
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lancaster<2>
    • Del Sur [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Del Sur
      • Del Sur [Los Angeles County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Acton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Del Sur had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Del Sur
    • Honby [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Honby
      • Honby [Los Angeles County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Acton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Honby had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Honby
    • La Crescenta [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Crescenta
      • La Crescenta [Los Angeles County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Acton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, La Crescenta had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Crescenta
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Crescenta<2>
    • San Fernando [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Fernando
      • San Fernando [Los Angeles County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 296 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,302 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, San Fernando had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Fernando
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Fernando<2>
    • Pacoima [Los Angeles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pacoima
      • Pacoima [Los Angeles County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Acton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Pacoima had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pacoima

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

Mentions & References for Acton

Visit our Community Index for California

About Los Angeles County

About California

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

The official website for Los Angeles County: www.lacounty.info/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Acton) 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 Acton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ActonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Acton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4699, Longitude: -118.1972    
<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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<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 Acton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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