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Our Genealogical Helper for Gordola ...

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 Gordola (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 Gordola. 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 Gordola ...

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 163 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gordola.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gordola, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gordola.

Cemeteries Near Gordola ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gordola.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Home of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Santa Cruz Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Felton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Old Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Santa Cruz Memorial Oakwood Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Soquel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  E Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  E Day Valley 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 Gordola in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gordola.

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

Bonny Doon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Gordola
 - Bonny Doon had a post office and no railroad service
Santa Cruz   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Gordola
 - 1895 population of 5,596 people (with 65,021 people in 2017)
 - Santa Cruz had a post office and railroad service
Felton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gordola
 - 1895 population of 249 people
 - Felton had a post office and railroad service
Ben Lomond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gordola
 - Ben Lomond had a post office and railroad service
Soquel   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Gordola
 - 1895 population of 426 people
 - Soquel had a post office and railroad service
Zayante   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gordola
 - Zayante had railroad service and no post office
Capitola   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Gordola
 - Capitola had a post office and no railroad service
Boulder Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Gordola
 - 1895 population of 489 people
 - Boulder Creek had a post office and railroad service
Aptos   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Gordola
 - 1895 population of 278 people
 - Aptos 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 Gordola. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gordola 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Gordola is located in Santa Cruz County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Santa Cruz County: Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo & Santa Clara.

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

Santa Cruz     (The home county for Gordola)
      Bonny Doon   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Paradise Park   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Davenport Landing   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Pasatiempo   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Santa Cruz   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Felton   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mount Hermon   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Twin Lakes   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Swanton   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ben Lomond   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Scotts Valley   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brookdale   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Drawbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albrae - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newark   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pajaro   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moss Landing   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Las Lomas   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Castroville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aromas   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marina   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pacific Grove   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Del Monte Forest   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prattco - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pebble Beach   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Ord Village - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Monterey   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
San Benito
      River Oaks   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      San Juan Bautista   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunneville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
San Mateo
      Loma Mar   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pescadero   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      La Honda   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      San Gregorio   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Portola Valley   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Adobe Corner   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Menlo Park   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Martins Beach   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodside   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Atherton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Menlo Park   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Willows   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      East Palo Alto   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Santa Clara
      Redwood Estates   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chemeketa Park   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Holy City - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lexington Hills   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Monte Sereno   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sveadal   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saratoga   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Los Gatos   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Champagne Fountain   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      English Town   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cambrian Park   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Almaden   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Gordola:

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 Santa Cruz County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monterey County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Benito 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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About Santa Cruz County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gordola. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.9752, Longitude: -122.1344     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gordola 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 Gordola, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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