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Our Genealogical Helper for Gold Town ...

So far, we have found very little information about Gold Town. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Gold Town to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Gold Town, please Contact Us.




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 Town (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 Town. 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 Town ...

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 72 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gold Town.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gold Town, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gold Town.

Cemeteries Near Gold Town ...

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

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N East Kern Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  WNW James Foley Gravesite   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Sand Canyon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SW Islamic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NE California City Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Tehachapi Public Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  WNW Tehachapi Westside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Old Tehachapi Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  S Lancaster Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Joshua Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  SSW Good Shepherd Catholic 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.

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

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

Mojave   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Gold Town
 - 1895 population of 231 people
 - Mojave had a post office and railroad service
 
Rosamond   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Gold Town
 - Rosamond had a post office and railroad service
 
Tehachapi   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gold Town
 - 1895 population of 255 people (with 12,630 people in 2017)
 - Tehachapi had railroad service and no post office
 
Lancaster   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the South (S) from Gold Town
 - 1895 population of 305 people (with 160,316 people in 2017)
 - Lancaster had a post office and railroad service
 
Del Sur   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gold Town
 - Del Sur had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fairmont   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gold Town
 - Fairmont had a post office and no railroad service
 
Girard - Historic   [Map]
 - While Girard was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gold Town
 - Girard had railroad service and no post office
 
Neenach   [Map]
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gold Town
 - Neenach 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 Gold Town. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gold Town 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Gold Town is historic, it would have been located within present day Kern County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kern County: Inyo, Kings, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare & Ventura.

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

  DirectionDistance
Kern     (The home county for Gold Town)
      Reefer City - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Mojave   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Actis Gardens - Historic   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Actis   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rosamond   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      California City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Edwards   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Edwards   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Tehachapi   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Golden Hills   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Los Angeles
      Antelope Acres   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lancaster   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Del Sur   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Quartz Hill   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leona Valley   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Hughes   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Neenach   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Desert View Highlands   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Palmdale   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilsona Gardens   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Los Angeles   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
San Bernardino
      Red Mountain   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Solano
      Green Valley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Town:

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 Kern County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Los Angeles 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of Kern County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of California,     of Kern 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 Kern County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Kern County: www.co.kern.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

<1>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 Town, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Gold Town. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gold Town) 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 Gold Town. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gold Town

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gold Town. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.0016, Longitude: -118.1690     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gold Town have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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.

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This page was last modified: 03 Dec 2018
By John Hall