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Our Genealogy Helper for Blythe ...

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 Blythe (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 Blythe. 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Blythe is located in Riverside 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 Riverside County: La Paz (AZ), Imperial, Orange, San Bernardino & San Diego.

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

  • Riverside County     (The home county of Blythe)
    • East Blythe [Riverside County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Blythe
      • East Blythe [Riverside County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Blythe
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Blythe
    • Mesa Verde [Riverside County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa Verde
      • Mesa Verde [Riverside County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Blythe
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesa Verde
    • Midland [Riverside County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midland
      • Midland [Riverside County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Blythe
  • Imperial County
  • San Bernardino County
  • La Paz County (AZ)
    • Ehrenberg [La Paz County]
    • Olive City [La Paz County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olive City
      • Olive City [La Paz County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Blythe
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olive City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Olive City has also been known as:
      • Bradshaw's Ferry
      • Olivia
    • Morgantown [La Paz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morgantown
      • Morgantown [La Paz County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Blythe
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morgantown
    • La Paz Valley [La Paz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Paz Valley
      • La Paz Valley [La Paz County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Blythe
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Paz Valley
    • Cibola [La Paz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cibola
      • Cibola [La Paz County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Blythe
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cibola have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cibola
    • Quartzsite [La Paz County]
    • Poston [La Paz County]
    • Bouse [La Paz County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Blythe ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blythe.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Blythe. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Blythe and those printed in the larger area surrounding Blythe.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 28 miles [45.1 km] of Blythe.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 everyone.

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

  • 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 California

Cemeteries Near Blythe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blythe.

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 Blythe 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 Blythe in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blythe.

  • Ehrenberg [La Paz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ehrenberg
    • Ehrenberg [La Paz County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Blythe
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 34 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ehrenberg had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ehrenberg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ehrenberg<2>

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Blythe: www.cityofblythe.com/

The official website for Riverside County: www.co.riverside.ca.us/

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- Blythe) 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 Blythe. 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 Blythe

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blythe. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6140, Longitude: -114.5969    
<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 Blythe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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