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Our Genealogical Helper for Grand Island ...

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 Grand Island (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 Grand Island. 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 Grand Island ...

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 Grand Island.

  • Typical abbreviation for Grand Island: Grand Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Grand Island ...

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 88 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grand Island.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grand Island, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grand Island.

Cemeteries Near Grand Island ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grand Island.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Grand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Meridian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Stohlman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sutter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Arbuckle Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Arbuckle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NNE Pugh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  ENE Yuba City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  N North Butte Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Williams 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Grand Island had a population of 103 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Grimes   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Grand Island
 - Grimes had a post office and no railroad service
Meridian   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Grand Island
 - 1895 population of 190 people
 - Meridian had a post office and no railroad service
Cranmore   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grand Island
 - Cranmore had a post office and no railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grand Island
 - 1895 population of 207 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and no railroad service
College City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grand Island
 - 1895 population of 387 people
 - College City had a post office and no railroad service
Arbuckle   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grand Island
 - 1895 population of 375 people
 - Arbuckle had a post office and railroad service
Harrington   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Grand Island
 - Harrington had railroad service and no post office
Genevra   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Grand Island
 - Genevra 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 Grand Island. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grand Island 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Grand Island is located in Colusa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colusa County: Butte, Glenn, Lake, Sutter & Yolo.

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

Colusa     (The home county for Grand Island)
      Grimes   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      College City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Harrington   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Colusa   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Colusa Rancheria   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Williams   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Maxwell   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilbur Springs   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leesville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lodoga   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gridley   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Robinsons Corner   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bigg's   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Honcut   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Biggs   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Richvale   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Palermo   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oroville Junction   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oroville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Oroville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thermalito   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Afton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Butte City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenn   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Willows   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake Wildwood   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Penn Valley   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rough and Ready   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sheridan   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Riego   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitney - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Virginiatown   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rocklin   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Roseville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Loomis   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Penryn   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elverta   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rio Linda   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Antelope   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sabre City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Highlands   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Foothill Farms   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ben Ali   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sacramento   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Town and Country Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Citrus Heights   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sutterville - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Santa Cruz
      Live Oak   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Meridian   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sutter   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      South Yuba City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tierra Buena   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bogue   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Yuba City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Robbins   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Live Oak   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rio Oso   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Nicolas   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nicolaus   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hershey   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dunnigan   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Zamora   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Knights Landing   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Yolo   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Guinda   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rumsey   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Capay   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Esparto   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooks   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bryte   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marysville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Plumas Landing - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Binney Junction   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Linda   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Olivehurst   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ostrom - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dantoni   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iowa City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Browns Valley   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loma Rica   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Timbuctoo - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 Grand Island:

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 Colusa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butte County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Glenn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Placer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sacramento County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sutter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yolo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yuba County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

While our initial data for Grand Island came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Grand Island 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 Grand Island.

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 Grand Island:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Grand Island.
      See our Misc Page for Grand Island for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colusa 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 from Grand Island. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grand Island) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Island. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0660, Longitude: -121.8683     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grand Island have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Grand Island, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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