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Our Genealogical Helper for Greenfield ...

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 Greenfield (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 Greenfield. 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 Greenfield ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Greenfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Greenfield, there are papers which were published within 41 miles [66 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Greenfield.

Cemeteries Near Greenfield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Greenfield.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Greenfield Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Soledad Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE King City Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  ENE Bitterwater Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Gonzales Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  N Willow Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  NE Cherry Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  N Paicines Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Lockwood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 29 miles [46.7 km]  
  ESE Clayton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 30 miles [48.3 km]  
  ESE Williams - Duckworth 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 Greenfield in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Greenfield.

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

Metz   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Greenfield
 - Metz had a post office and no railroad service
 
Soledad   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Greenfield
 - 1895 population of 217 people (with 26,273 people in 2017)
 - Soledad had a post office and railroad service
 
King City   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Greenfield
 - 1895 population of 253 people (with 14,055 people in 2017)
 - King City had a post office and railroad service
 
Bitterwater   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Greenfield
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bitterwater had a post office and no railroad service
 
San Benito   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Greenfield
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - San Benito had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gonzales   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Greenfield
 - 1895 population of 359 people (with 8,479 people in 2017)
 - Gonzales had a post office and railroad service
 
Lonoak   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East (E) from Greenfield
 - Lonoak had a post office and no railroad service
 
San Lucas   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Greenfield
 - 1895 population of 349 people
 - San Lucas 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 Greenfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Greenfield 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 and hospitals 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.

Greenfield is located in Monterey County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monterey County: Fresno, Kings, San Benito, San Luis Obispo & Santa Cruz.

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

  DirectionDistance
Monterey     (The home county for Greenfield)
      Soledad   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      King City   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gonzales   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      San Lucas   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chualar   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jolon   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lucia   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lockwood   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      San Ardo   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carmel Valley Village   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Posts   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spreckels   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Fresno
      Mercey Hot Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
San Benito
      Bitterwater   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      San Benito   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Paicines   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Panoche   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Idria   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tres Pinos   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgemark   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollister   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      San Juan Bautista   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
San Luis Obispo
      Bee Rock   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Greenfield:

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 Monterey County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fresno County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Benito County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Luis Obispo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of Monterey County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of California,     of Monterey 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 Monterey County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Greenfield: www.ci.greenfield.ca.us/

The official website for Monterey County: www.co.monterey.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Greenfield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.3224, Longitude: -121.2447     [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: findagrave.com.

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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 Greenfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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This page was last modified: 03 Dec 2018
By John Hall