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Goleta, California

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The location of Goleta

Our Genealogy Helper for Goleta ...

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 Goleta (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 Goleta. 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.

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Goleta is located in Santa Barbara County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Santa Barbara County: Kern, San Luis Obispo & Ventura.

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

Santa Barbara     (The home county for Goleta)
  Isla Vista   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Mission Canyon   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Santa Barbara   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Naples - Historic   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Montecito   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Capitan   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Summerland   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cachuma Village   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ortega - Historic   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Toro Canyon   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Franciscan Village   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Carpinteria   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Oak View   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Meiners Oaks   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mira Monte   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ojai   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pierpont Bay   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ventura   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Channel Islands Beach   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cabrillo Village   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  El Rio   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oxnard   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Goleta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Goleta.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Goleta Cemetery   [Map]     
  E La Patera Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Santa Barbara Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  E Carpinteria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  NW Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  WNW Solvang Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 31 miles [49.9 km]  
  E Ojai Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 32 miles [51.5 km]  
  E Nordhoff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Los Alamos Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 33 miles [53.1 km]  
  ESE Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Goleta ...

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 134 newspapers that have been published in the area around Goleta.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Goleta. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Goleta and those printed in the larger area surrounding Goleta.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 49 miles [78.9 km] of Goleta.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Goleta had a population of 205 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Goleta had a population of 30,944 people.

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

Ellwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Goleta
 - Ellwood had railroad service and no post office
Santa Barbara   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Goleta
 - 1895 population of 5,864 people (with 92,101 people in 2017)
 - Santa Barbara had a post office and railroad service
Naples - Historic   [Map]
 - While Naples was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Goleta
 - Naples had a post office and no railroad service
Summerland   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Goleta
 - Summerland had a post office and no railroad service
Ortega - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ortega was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Goleta
 - Ortega had a post office and no railroad service
Serena   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) from Goleta
 - Serena had a post office and no railroad service
Carpinteria   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the East (E) from Goleta
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 13,622 people in 2017)
 - Carpinteria had a post office and railroad service
Santa Ynez   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Goleta
 - 1895 population of 211 people
 - Santa Ynez had a post office and no railroad service
Nojoqui   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Goleta
 - Nojoqui 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 Goleta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Goleta 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 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 it should be mentioned that 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 Goleta:

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 Santa Barbara County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Ventura County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Goleta ...

While our initial data about Goleta came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Goleta in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Goleta.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Goleta:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Goleta in these Censuses: 2010. See our Census Page for Goleta for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Goleta. See our Misc Page for Goleta for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in California

About Santa Barbara County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Goleta:

The official website for Santa Barbara County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Goleta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4398, Longitude: -119.8306     [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 Goleta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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