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Our Genealogical Helper for Grabtown ...

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 Grabtown (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 Grabtown. 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 Grabtown ...

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 78 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grabtown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grabtown, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grabtown.

Cemeteries Near Grabtown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grabtown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Skylawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilarcitos Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oakwood Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alta Mesa Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  NNW Golden Gate National Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gates of Heaven 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 Grabtown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Grabtown.

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

Woodside   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Grabtown
 - 1895 population of 205 people (with 5,564 people in 2017)
 - Woodside had a post office and no railroad service
Searsville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Searsville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Grabtown
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Searsville had a post office and no railroad service
Half Moon Bay   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Grabtown
 - 1895 population of 784 people (with 12,870 people in 2017)
 - Half Moon Bay had a post office and no railroad service
San Gregorio   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Grabtown
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - San Gregorio had a post office and no railroad service
Redwood City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grabtown
 - 1895 population of 1,572 people (with 86,685 people in 2017)
 - Redwood City had a post office and railroad service
San Carlos   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grabtown
 - San Carlos had railroad service and no post office
Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Grabtown
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 27,140 people in 2017)
 - Belmont had a post office and railroad service
Fair Oaks   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grabtown
 - Fair Oaks 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 Grabtown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grabtown 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 and hospitals 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.

Grabtown is located in San Mateo County.

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

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

San Mateo     (The home county for Grabtown)
      Adobe Corner   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodside   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Martins Beach   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Emerald Lake Hills   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Half Moon Bay   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Highlands   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      San Gregorio   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Portola Valley   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Highlands-Baywood Park   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Redwood City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      San Carlos   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alvarado - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Newark   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Eden   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Russell City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Albrae - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Drawbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Union City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      San Lorenzo   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cherryland   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayward   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brookfield Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
Contra Costa
      Moraga   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      San Ramon   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orinda   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kensington   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orinda Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Easter Hill Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nystrom Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Point Richmond   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Atchison Village   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Muir Beach   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mill Valley   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corte Madera   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Larkspur   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
San Francisco
      Stonestown   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
Santa Clara
      Stanford   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Palo Alto   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ventura   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Castro City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Loyola   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cupertino   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Alviso   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Champagne Fountain   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Santa Cruz
      Boulder Creek   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Swanton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookdale   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ben Lomond   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lompico   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davenport Landing   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bonny Doon   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Zayante   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Felton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Grabtown:

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 Mateo 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    
San Francisco County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Clara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for San Mateo 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 starting in Grabtown. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grabtown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grabtown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4222, Longitude: -122.3439     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grabtown 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 Grabtown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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