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Our Genealogical Helper for Grand Terrace ...

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 Terrace (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 Terrace. 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 Terrace ...

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 Terrace.

  • Typical abbreviation for Grand Terrace: Grand Ter. (or less commonly used: Grand Terr.)

Newspapers Published in Grand Terrace ...

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 118 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grand Terrace.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grand Terrace, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grand Terrace.

Cemeteries Near Grand Terrace ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Montecito Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Agua Mansa Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Hermosa Gardens Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Green Acres Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Pioneer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Home of Eternity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rialto Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Olivewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Hillside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Campo Santo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Veterans Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Riverside National 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 Grand Terrace in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Grand Terrace.

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

Colton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Grand Terrace
 - 1895 population of 1,315 people (with 54,828 people in 2017)
 - Colton had a post office and railroad service
Mound City - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound City was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grand Terrace
 - Mound City had railroad service and no post office
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grand Terrace
 - Victoria had railroad service and no post office
Rialto   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Grand Terrace
 - Rialto had a post office and railroad service
San Bernardino   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Grand Terrace
 - 1895 population of 4,012 people (with 216,995 people in 2017)
 - San Bernardino had a post office and railroad service
Lugonia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lugonia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grand Terrace
 - Lugonia had a post office and no railroad service
Redlands   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Grand Terrace
 - 1895 population of 1,904 people (with 71,554 people in 2017)
 - Redlands had a post office and railroad service
Declezville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Grand Terrace
 - Declezville 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 Grand Terrace. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grand Terrace 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.

Grand Terrace is located in San Bernardino County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of San Bernardino County: La Paz (AZ), Mohave (AZ), Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside & Clark (NV).

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

San Bernardino     (The home county for Grand Terrace)
      Colton   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Loma Linda   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mound City - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      West Colton   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bryn Mawr   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      San Bernardino   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Marigold   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Bloomington   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Rialto   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Lugonia - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Redlands   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fontana   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Los Angeles
      Claremont   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Baldy   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pomona   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      La Verne   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Diamond Bar   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      San Dimas   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Charter Oak   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Walnut   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Pines   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glendora   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Citrus   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Covina   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beeks Place - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Silverado Canyon - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Silverado   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Anaheim Hills   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Portola Hills   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trabuco Canyon   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Yorba Linda   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cowan Heights   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Foothill Ranch   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rancho Santa Margarita   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Panorama Heights   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highgrove   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Bannockburn Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rubidoux   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sunnyslope   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ordway   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moreno Valley   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      De Anza Village   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      March Field   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glen Avon   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jurupa Valley   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]

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

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 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 Grand Terrace:

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 Bernardino County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Los Angeles County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Orange County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Riverside County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

The Communities of California

About San Bernardino County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Grand Terrace:

The official website for San Bernardino County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Grand Terrace. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grand Terrace

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Terrace. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0339, Longitude: -117.3136     [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 Grand Terrace, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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