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Our Genealogical Helper for Altadena ...

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 Altadena (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Altadena. 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of Altadena ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Altadena.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Altadena. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Altadena and those printed in the larger area surrounding Altadena.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Altadena.

Cemeteries Near Altadena ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Altadena.

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 click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Mountain View Mausoleum   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE San Gabriel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sierra Madre Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Savannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Live Oak Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Grand View Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WNW Verdugo Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Sinai Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Chinese Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     


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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Altadena had railroad service and no post office.

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

Pasadena   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Altadena
 - 1895 population of 4,882 people (with 142,647 people in 2017)
 - Pasadena had a post office and railroad service
East Pasadena   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Altadena
 - East Pasadena had a post office and no railroad service
Lamanda Park   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Altadena
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Lamanda Park had a post office and railroad service
Chapman   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Altadena
 - Chapman had railroad service and no post office
Sierra Madre   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Altadena
 - 1895 population of 149 people (with 11,038 people in 2017)
 - Sierra Madre had a post office and railroad service
Highland Park   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Altadena
 - Highland Park had railroad service and no post office
Garvanza   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Altadena
 - 1895 population of 411 people
 - Garvanza had a post office and railroad service
South Pasadena   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Altadena
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 25,888 people in 2017)
 - South Pasadena had a post office and railroad service
Santa Anita   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Altadena
 - Santa Anita had a post office and railroad service
La Canada   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Altadena
 - La Canada had a post office and no railroad service
Alhambra   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Altadena
 - 1895 population of 808 people (with 85,396 people in 2017)
 - Alhambra had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Altadena. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Altadena in the 1890's.

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 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.

Altadena is located in Los Angeles County.

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

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

Los Angeles     (The home county for Altadena)
      Pasadena   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      East Pasadena   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mount Wilson   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      San Marino   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sierra Madre   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      La Canada-Flintridge   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Pasadena   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Highland Park   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Alhambra   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      San Gabriel   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      La Crescenta   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      La Habra   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buena Park   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Brea   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      La Palma   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fullerton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cypress   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Los Alamitos   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Placentia   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Anaheim   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Yorba Linda   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rossmoor   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eastvale   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mira Loma   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Norco   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen Avon   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jurupa Valley   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pedley   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Porphyry - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Bernardino
      Montclair   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chino Hills   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      San Antonio Heights   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ontario   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upland   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chino   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Los Serranos   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wrightwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alta Loma   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guasti   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rancho Cucamonga   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pinon Hills   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Etiwanda   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Valley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Park   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Simi Valley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Piru   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thousand Oaks   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Altadena:

These websites are specific to California:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the California State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of California to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Los Angeles County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Orange County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Riverside County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Bernardino County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ventura County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of Los Angeles County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of California,     of Los Angeles County

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.

Disaster Stories from California

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Altadena ...

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

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Altadena:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Altadena.
      See our Misc Page for Altadena for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in California

About Los Angeles County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Los Angeles County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altadena. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1902, Longitude: -118.1313     [Map].

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<2>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:

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<3>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 Altadena, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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