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Our Genealogical Helper for Gold Hill ...

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 Gold Hill (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 Gold Hill. 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 Gold Hill ...

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 Gold Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gold Hill, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gold Hill.

Cemeteries Near Gold Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gold Hill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Newcastle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Old Auburn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E New Auburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lone Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Manzanita Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Roseville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pilot Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Camp Far West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SSE Mormon Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Spanish Dry Diggings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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>

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

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

Penryn   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Gold Hill
 - 1895 population of 219 people
 - Penryn had a post office and railroad service
Newcastle   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gold Hill
 - 1895 population of 335 people
 - Newcastle had a post office and railroad service
Ophir   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gold Hill
 - 1895 population of 149 people
 - Ophir had a post office and no railroad service
Loomis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Gold Hill
 - Loomis had a post office and railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Gold Hill
 - 1895 population of 1,595 people (with 13,997 people in 2017)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Gold Hill
 - 1895 population of 961 people (with 47,674 people in 2017)
 - Lincoln had a post office and railroad service
Whitney - Historic   [Map]
 - While Whitney was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gold Hill
 - Whitney had railroad service and no post office
Rocklin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gold Hill
 - 1895 population of 1,056 people (with 64,838 people in 2017)
 - Rocklin had a post office and railroad service
Clipper Gap   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gold Hill
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Clipper Gap 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 Gold Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gold Hill 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Gold Hill is located in Placer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Placer County: El Dorado, Nevada, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, Carson City (NV), Douglas (NV) & Washoe (NV).

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

Placer     (The home county for Gold Hill)
      Virginiatown   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Penryn   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Newcastle   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      North Auburn   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Loomis   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bowman   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rocklin   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Whitney - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clipper Gap   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Granite Bay   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      May - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plymouth   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      River Pines   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fiddletown   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Drytown   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Amador City   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ione   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sutter Creek   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Honcut   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Robinsons Corner   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
El Dorado
      Pilot Hill   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Summit Village   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Marina Village   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Equestrian Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Waterford Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Winterhaven Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Franciscan Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lakeridge Oaks   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Tree Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crown Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      El Dorado Hills   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake of the Pines   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alta Sierra   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Penn Valley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chicago Park   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Ridge   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grass Valley   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake Wildwood   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Oaks   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rough and Ready   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Newtown   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gold Flat   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Citrus Heights   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mormon Island - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Represa   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Orangevale   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sabre City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Folsom   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Antelope   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Natoma   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prairie City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Foothill Farms   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fair Oaks   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      North Highlands   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elverta   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Santa Cruz
      Live Oak   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bear Valley - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rio Oso   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nicolas   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nicolaus   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bogue   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      South Yuba City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Yuba City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Robbins   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tierra Buena   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sutter   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Live Oak   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Broderick   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bryte   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Sacramento   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Knights Landing   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Yolo   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      El Macero   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Zamora   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ostrom - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smartville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Timbuctoo - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Plumas Landing - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Olivehurst   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dantoni   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Linda   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Browns Valley   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marysville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Binney Junction   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loma Rica   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites 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 Gold Hill:

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 Placer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Amador County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butte County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colusa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
El Dorado County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sacramento County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shasta County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sutter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yolo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yuba County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Find a Community within California

About Placer County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Placer 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 in Gold Hill. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gold Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gold Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9016, Longitude: -121.1816     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gold Hill have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Gold Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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