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Our Genealogical Helper for Grayson ...

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 Grayson (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 Grayson. 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 Grayson ...

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 120 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grayson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grayson, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grayson.

Cemeteries Near Grayson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grayson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Grayson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Patterson Cemetery District   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Woodcolony Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  ENE St. Stanislaus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ripon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Brichetto Tomb   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  ENE Lakewood Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  N East Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Hills Ferry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Turlock Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE St. Johns Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Tracy Public 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Grayson had a population of 331 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Westley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Grayson
 - Westley had a post office and railroad service
Vernalis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grayson
 - Vernalis had a post office and railroad service
Modesto   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grayson
 - 1895 population of 2,402 people (with 214,221 people in 2017)
 - Modesto had a post office and railroad service
Salida   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Grayson
 - Salida had a post office and railroad service
Ceres   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Grayson
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 48,697 people in 2017)
 - Ceres had a post office and railroad service
Ripon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Grayson
 - 1895 population of 133 people (with 15,677 people in 2017)
 - Ripon had a post office and railroad service
Yarmouth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Yarmouth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grayson
 - Yarmouth had railroad service and no post office
Crows Landing   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grayson
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Crows Landing 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 Grayson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grayson 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 hospitals 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.

Grayson is located in Stanislaus County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Stanislaus County: Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin & Santa Clara.

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

Stanislaus     (The home county for Grayson)
      Westley   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Tuolumne City - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Patterson   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Riverdale Park   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Modesto   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bret Harte   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shackelford   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bystrom   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Modesto   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Salida   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ceres   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crows Landing   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tesla - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Altamont   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Livermore   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pleasanton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunol   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Telegraph City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Copper Cove Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jenny Lind   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      The Shores of Poker Flat   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Contra Costa
      Byron   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Discovery Bay   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brentwood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knightsen   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bethel Island   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hilmar   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Delhi   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gustine   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Stevinson   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ballico   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cressey   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arundel - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      The Grove   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Santa Nella Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Santa Nella   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
San Joaquin
      Vernalis   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ripon   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lyoth   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Manteca   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Banta   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alba   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wainwright Village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Five Corners   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lathrop   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Escalon   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Tracy   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Carnegie - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Santa Clara
      Bell Station   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alum Rock   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Foothills   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coyote   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morgan Hill   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      San Martin   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Seven Trees   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Milpitas   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Grayson:

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 Stanislaus County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calaveras County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Contra Costa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Merced County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Joaquin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Clara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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

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 Grayson:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Grayson.
      See our Misc Page for Grayson for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in California

About Stanislaus County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Stanislaus 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 that begins in Grayson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grayson) 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 Grayson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grayson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grayson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5638, Longitude: -121.1794     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grayson 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 Grayson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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