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Our Genealogical Helper for Grand Lake ...

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 Lake (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 Lake. 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 Lake ...

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 Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Grand Lake: Grand Lk.

Newspapers Published in Grand Lake ...

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 159 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grand Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grand Lake, 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 Grand Lake.

Cemeteries Near Grand Lake ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N St. Mary's Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Home of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Evergreen Mausoleum   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Sunset View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Yerba Buena Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE San Lorenzo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNW Rolling Hills Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Queen of Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Queen of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W San Francisco National 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 Grand Lake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Grand Lake.

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

Oakland   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grand Lake
 - 1895 population of 48,682 people (with 425,195 people in 2017)
 - Oakland had a post office and railroad service
Brooklyn - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brooklyn was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Grand Lake
 - Brooklyn had a post office and no railroad service
Fruitvale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grand Lake
 - Fruitvale had railroad service and no post office
East Oakland - Historic   [Map]
 - While East Oakland was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grand Lake
 - East Oakland had railroad service and no post office
Emeryville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grand Lake
 - 1895 population of 228 people (with 11,758 people in 2017)
 - Emeryville had a post office and no railroad service
West Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Grand Lake
 - West Oakland had a post office and railroad service
Alameda   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Grand Lake
 - 1895 population of 11,165 people (with 79,177 people in 2017)
 - Alameda had a post office and railroad service
Melrose   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grand Lake
 - Melrose had a post office and railroad service
Seminary Park   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grand Lake
 - Seminary Park 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 Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grand Lake 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 southeast 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 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.

Grand Lake is located in Alameda County.

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

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

Alameda     (The home county for Grand Lake)
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Brooklyn - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Oakland   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Montclair   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Emeryville   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      South Berkeley   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fruitvale   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Campbell Village   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Rochedale Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alameda   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Berkeley   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Contra Costa
      Orinda Village   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Orinda   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Moraga   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kensington   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Richmond Heights   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Easter Hill Village   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Atchison Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nystrom Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      El Sobrante   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      San Quentin   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Corte Madera   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Brae   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Larkspur   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      American Canyon   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lombard   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Napa   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
San Francisco
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stonestown   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
San Mateo
      Brisbane   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South San Francisco   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Colma   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Daly City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Broadmoor Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Broadmoor   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      San Bruno   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westlake   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Millbrae   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burlingame   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Foster City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      San Mateo   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hillsborough   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Santa Clara
      Palo Alto   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stanford   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ventura   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Castro City   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alviso   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loyola   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Agnew   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Milpitas   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Benicia   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mare Island - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vallejo   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Guadalcanal Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Birds Landing   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Suisun City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mankas Corner   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Solano City - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Travis Field   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cannon - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rio Vista   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vacaville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vineburg   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Temelec   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sonoma   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boyes Hot Springs   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      El Verano   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Petaluma   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Penngrove   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 - 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 Grand Lake:

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 Alameda County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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 Francisco 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 Alameda County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of California,     of Alameda 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for California

About Alameda County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8117, Longitude: -122.2458     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grand Lake 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 Grand Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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