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Cedar Vista, California

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The location of Cedar Vista

Our Genealogy Helper for Cedar Vista ...

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 Cedar Vista (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 Cedar Vista. 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.

Name Variations for Cedar Vista ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Cedar Vista.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cedar Vista: Cedar Vis.

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 and 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.

Cedar Vista is located in Calaveras County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calaveras County: Alpine, Amador, San Joaquin, Stanislaus & Tuolumne.

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

Calaveras     (The home county for Cedar Vista)
  Forest Meadows   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Hathaway Pines   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Avery   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Murphys   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sheep Ranch   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Douglas Flat   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Fly-In Acres   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Cave City   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Arnold   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Pinebrook   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Vallecito   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mountain Ranch   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Big Trees   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bear Valley   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kirkwood   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pioneer   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Volcano   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Martell   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sutter Creek   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Amador City   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fiddletown   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Drytown   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ione   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  River Pines   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Camanche Village   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
El Dorado
  Grizzly Flatx   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fair Play   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Somerset   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Newtown   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Coulterville   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
San Joaquin
  Farmington   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clements   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Peters   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Linden   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lockeford   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Knights Ferry   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  East Oakdale   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Adela   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Columbia Village   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Martinez   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cedar Ridge   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Greenley Oaks   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tuttletown   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  East Sonora   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sonora   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cedar Rock Lodge   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Twain Harte   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mi-Wuk Village   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Cedar Vista ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cedar Vista.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Cedar Vista covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Briseno Ranch Burial Ground   [Map]     
  SW Vallecito Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WNW Mountain Ranch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Public Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Altaville Protestant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lode Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Serbian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Shaws Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  S Sonora Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mountain Shadow Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Cedar Vista ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cedar Vista.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cedar Vista, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cedar Vista.

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.<2>

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

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

Murphys   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cedar Vista
 - 1895 population of 570 people
 - Murphys had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cedar Vista
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Douglas Flat   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cedar Vista
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Douglas Flat had a post office and no railroad service
Sheep Ranch   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cedar Vista
 - 1895 population of 358 people
 - Sheep Ranch had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Ranch   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cedar Vista
 - Mountain Ranch had a post office and no railroad service
Columbia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Cedar Vista
 - 1895 population of 812 people
 - Columbia had a post office and no railroad service
Big Trees   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cedar Vista
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Big Trees had a post office and no railroad service
Angels Camp   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cedar Vista
 - 1895 population of 917 people
 - Angels Camp had a post office and no railroad service

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Cedar Vista:

These websites are specific to California:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Calaveras County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alpine County:     Cyndi's



Amador County:     Cyndi's



El Dorado County:     Cyndi's



Mariposa County:     Cyndi's



San Joaquin County:     Cyndi's



Stanislaus County:     Cyndi's



Tuolumne County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a California Community

About Calaveras County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calaveras County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cedar Vista) 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 Cedar Vista. 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 Cedar Vista

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cedar Vista. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1712, Longitude: -120.4072     [Map].

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<2>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 Cedar Vista, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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