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Our Genealogical Helper for The Greenhouse ...

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 The Greenhouse (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 The Greenhouse. 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 The Greenhouse ...

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 121 newspapers that have been published in the area around The Greenhouse.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of The Greenhouse, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for The Greenhouse.

Cemeteries Near The Greenhouse ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of The Greenhouse.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Alta Mesa Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Oakwood Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Holy Ghost Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Mission City Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Lawn Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fremont Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNE Presbyterian 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.<2>

While we didn't find The Greenhouse in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of The Greenhouse.

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

Mountain View   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from The Greenhouse
 - 1895 population of 921 people (with 81,438 people in 2017)
 - Mountain View had a post office and railroad service
Palo Alto   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from The Greenhouse
 - Palo Alto had railroad service and no post office
Mayfield   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from The Greenhouse
 - 1895 population of 821 people
 - Mayfield had a post office and railroad service
Menlo Park   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from The Greenhouse
 - 1895 population of 385 people (with 34,357 people in 2017)
 - Menlo Park had a post office and railroad service
Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from The Greenhouse
 - Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
Fair Oaks   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from The Greenhouse
 - Fair Oaks had railroad service and no post office
Alviso   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from The Greenhouse
 - 1895 population of 207 people
 - Alviso had a post office and railroad service
Searsville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Searsville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from The Greenhouse
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Searsville had a post office and no railroad service
Agnew   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from The Greenhouse
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Agnew 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 The Greenhouse. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring The Greenhouse 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 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.

The Greenhouse is located in Santa Clara County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Santa Clara County: Alameda, Merced, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Cruz & Stanislaus.

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

Santa Clara     (The home county for The Greenhouse)
      Castro City   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Ventura   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Palo Alto   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Stanford   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Loyola   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Alviso   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cupertino   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Agnew   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Drawbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Albrae - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newark   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alvarado - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Union City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Eden   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russell City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sunol   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cherryland   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hayward   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      San Lorenzo   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
Contra Costa
      San Ramon   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moraga   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blackhawk   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Diablo   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orinda Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orinda   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walnut Creek   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kensington   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muir Beach   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pajaro   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Francisco
      Stonestown   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
San Joaquin
      Carnegie - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Mateo
      The Willows   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      East Palo Alto   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Menlo Park   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      West Menlo Park   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Atherton   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      North Fair Oaks   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Portola Valley   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Redwood City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Adobe Corner   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Woodside   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Emerald Lake Hills   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      San Carlos   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      La Honda   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Santa Cruz
      Summit   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boulder Creek   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookdale   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lompico   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ben Lomond   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Zayante   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Willows   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Felton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Hermon   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scotts Valley   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Swanton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 The Greenhouse:

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 Santa Clara County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Contra Costa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monterey County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Francisco County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Joaquin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Mateo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Communities in California

About Santa Clara County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Santa Clara 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 starts in The Greenhouse. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- The Greenhouse) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in The Greenhouse. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4189, Longitude: -122.1036     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for The Greenhouse have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 The Greenhouse, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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