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Our Genealogical Helper for Gold River ...

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 River (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 River. 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 Gold River ...

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 Gold River.

  • Typical abbreviation for Gold River: Gold Riv.

Newspapers Published in Gold River ...

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 164 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gold River.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gold River, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gold River.

Cemeteries Near Gold River ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mathew Kilgore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fair Oaks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Mt. Vernon Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Lakeside Memorial Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Camellia Memorial Lawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Bellevue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Quiet Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Mormon Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roseville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Clarksville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunset Lawn 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>

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

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

Alder Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gold River
 - Alder Creek had railroad service and no post office
Orangevale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gold River
 - Orangevale had a post office and no railroad service
Natoma   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gold River
 - Natoma had a post office and railroad service
Mayhew   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gold River
 - Mayhew had a post office and railroad service
Arcade - Historic   [Map]
 - While Arcade was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Gold River
 - Arcade had railroad service and no post office
Manlove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gold River
 - Manlove had railroad service and no post office
Roseville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gold River
 - 1895 population of 345 people (with 135,329 people in 2017)
 - Roseville had a post office and no railroad service
Walsh Station   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gold River
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Walsh Station had a post office and no railroad service
White Rock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Gold River
 - White Rock had railroad service and no post office
Antelope   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gold River
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Antelope had a post office and railroad service
Perkins   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gold River
 - 1895 population of 215 people
 - Perkins 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 River. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gold River 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Gold River is located in Sacramento County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sacramento County: Amador, Contra Costa, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter & Yolo.

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

Sacramento     (The home county for Gold River)
      Fair Oaks   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Orangevale   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rancho Cordova   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Natoma   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Carmichael   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Prairie City   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Citrus Heights   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Mather   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Folsom   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Represa   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Foothill Farms   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      North Highlands   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      La Riviera   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      May - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Plymouth   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Drytown   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ione   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fiddletown   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      River Pines   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Amador City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camanche Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sutter Creek   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Martell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Volcano   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oregon Bar - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wallace   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Campo Seco   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Bar   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burson   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mokelumne Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rancho Calaveras   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
El Dorado
      Crescent Ridge Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      La Cresta Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Park Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ridgeview Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lakeridge Oaks   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clarksville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Ridge Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crown Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      El Dorado Hills   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Franciscan Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Governors Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marina Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Tree Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake of the Pines   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alta Sierra   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chicago Park   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penn Valley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Roseville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Granite Bay   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rocklin   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Loomis   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitney - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Riego   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Penryn   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Newcastle   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Virginiatown   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Auburn   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
San Joaquin
      Mokelumne City - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thornton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Taison   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acampo   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clements   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lockeford   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Woodbridge   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      South Woodbridge   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodbridge   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Victor   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Henderson Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Terminous   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dixon   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elmira   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rio Vista   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Nicolas   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nicolaus   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rio Oso   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Robbins   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bogue   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South Yuba City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Yuba City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Broderick   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bryte   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Sacramento   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      El Macero   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Davis   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Knights Landing   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Yolo   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Zamora   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winters   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Plumas Landing - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ostrom - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Olivehurst   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Linda   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dantoni   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smartville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marysville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 River:

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 Sacramento County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Amador County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calaveras 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    
Placer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Joaquin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano 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 Sacramento County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of California,     of Sacramento 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 located in California

About Sacramento County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sacramento 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 that starts in Gold River. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gold River) 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 Gold River. 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 Gold River

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gold River. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6254, Longitude: -121.2499     [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 Gold River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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