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Our Genealogical Helper for Golden Gate Heights ...

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 Golden Gate Heights (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 Golden Gate Heights. 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 Golden Gate Heights ...

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 Golden Gate Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Golden Gate Heights: Golden Gate Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Golden Gate Heights ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Golden Gate Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Golden Gate Heights, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Golden Gate Heights.

Cemeteries Near Golden Gate Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Golden Gate Heights.

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 Golden Gate Heights covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Yerba Buena Cemetery   [Map]     
  N San Francisco National Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Italian Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Japanese Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Olivet Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Chinese Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Russian Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chinese Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cypress Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Home of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hills of Eternity Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Serbian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Hoy Sun Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Orange Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Golden Gate National Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Fernwood 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 Golden Gate Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Golden Gate Heights.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Golden Gate Heights, with the one closest to Golden Gate Heights listed first.

San Francisco   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Golden Gate Heights
 - 1895 population of 298,997 people (with 884,363 people in 2017)
 - San Francisco had a post office and railroad service
Baden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Golden Gate Heights
 - Baden had railroad service and no post office
Sausalito   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Golden Gate Heights
 - 1895 population of 1,334 people (with 7,141 people in 2017)
 - Sausalito had a post office and railroad service
Tiburon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Golden Gate Heights
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 9,165 people in 2017)
 - Tiburon had a post office and railroad service
Hilarita   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Golden Gate Heights
 - Hilarita had railroad service and no post office
Manzanita   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Golden Gate Heights
 - Manzanita had railroad service and no post office
San Bruno   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Golden Gate Heights
 - San Bruno had railroad service and no post office
Alto   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Golden Gate Heights
 - Alto had railroad service and no post office

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

Golden Gate Heights is located in San Francisco County.

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

San Francisco     (The home county for Golden Gate Heights)
      Stonestown   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Doelger City   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Campbell Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oakland   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Emeryville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alameda   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brooklyn - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South Berkeley   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fruitvale   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Albany   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Berkeley   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rochedale Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      University Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Contra Costa
      Point Richmond   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Atchison Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Easter Hill Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nystrom Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kensington   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      East Richmond Heights   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rollingwood   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      San Pablo   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orinda Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orinda   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Muir Beach   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mill Valley   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Corte Madera   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      American Canyon   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lombard   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Napa   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
San Mateo
      Broadmoor Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Broadmoor   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Daly City   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Westlake   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Colma   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Brisbane   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      South San Francisco   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pacifica   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fairway Park   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      San Bruno   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Millbrae   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Burlingame   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Santa Clara
      Palo Alto   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stanford   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ventura   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Castro City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Loyola   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alviso   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Agnew   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mare Island - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Guadalcanal Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benicia   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vallejo   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Petaluma   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Temelec   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vineburg   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      El Verano   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sonoma   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boyes Hot Springs   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Penngrove   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Golden Gate Heights:

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 San Francisco County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Contra Costa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Napa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Mateo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Clara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sonoma County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Communities in California

About San Francisco County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Golden Gate Heights. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Golden Gate Heights) 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 Golden Gate Heights. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Golden Gate Heights

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Golden Gate Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7525, Longitude: -122.4709     [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 Golden Gate Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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