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Our Genealogical Helper for Graton ...

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 Graton (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 Graton. 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 Graton ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Graton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Graton, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Graton.

Cemeteries Near Graton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Graton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Gilliam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Forestview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Sebastopol Memorial Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Steele Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Druids Occidental Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hills Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW McPeak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Santa Rosa Memorial Park - Shiloh Road Addition   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bodega Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Santa Rosa Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Santa Rosa Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Faught Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Redwood Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Calvary Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Santa Rosa Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moke Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Duncans Mills 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 Graton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Graton.

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

Forestville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 184 people
 - Forestville had a post office and railroad service
Trenton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Graton
 - Trenton had a post office and no railroad service
Occidental   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 516 people
 - Occidental had a post office and no railroad service
Freestone   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Freestone had a post office and railroad service
Fulton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 194 people
 - Fulton had a post office and railroad service
Valley Ford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 312 people
 - Valley Ford had a post office and railroad service
Bloomfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - Bloomfield had a post office and no railroad service
Santa Rosa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 5,220 people (with 175,269 people in 2017)
 - Santa Rosa had a post office and railroad service
Windsor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 483 people (with 27,548 people in 2017)
 - Windsor had a post office and railroad service
Guerneville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 633 people
 - Guerneville had a post office and railroad service
Duncans Mills   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Graton
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Duncans Mills 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 Graton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Graton 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.

Graton is located in Sonoma County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sonoma County: Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa & Solano.

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

Sonoma     (The home county for Graton)
      Forestville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sebastopol   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Occidental   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Camp Meeker   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Freestone   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Roseland   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      South Santa Rosa   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Monte Rio   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bellevue   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Guerneville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bodega   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Middletown   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cobb   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hidden Valley Lake   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Salminas Resort   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glenview   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lower Lake   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clearlake   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kelseyville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clearlake Park   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Finley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Soda Bay   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dillon Beach   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tomales   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nicks Cove   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Millerton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Point Reyes Station   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nicasio   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Olema   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Novato   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Five Brooks   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black Point-Green Point   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hermitage - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Yorkville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hopland   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodleaf   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Calistoga   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Helena   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rutherford   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Angwin   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pope Valley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Yountville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Napa   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spanish Flat   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      American Canyon   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guadalcanal Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mare Island - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vallejo   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Graton:

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 Sonoma County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mendocino County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Napa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Find a Community within California

About Sonoma County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sonoma County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Graton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Graton) 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 Graton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Graton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Graton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4363, Longitude: -122.8698     [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 Graton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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