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Our Genealogical Helper for Gridley ...

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 Gridley (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 Gridley. 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 area of Gridley ...

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 92 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gridley.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Gridley. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Gridley and those printed in the larger area surrounding Gridley.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of Gridley.

Cemeteries Near Gridley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gridley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Gridley - Biggs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW North Butte Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pugh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  E Honcut Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Oroville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NNW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sutter 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Gridley had a population of 686 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Gridley had a population of 6,608 people.

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

Bigg's   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Gridley
 - 1895 population of 571 people (with 1,711 people in 2017)
 - Bigg's had a post office and railroad service
Live Oak   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Gridley
 - 1895 population of 278 people (with 8,774 people in 2017)
 - Live Oak had a post office and railroad service
Pennington   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gridley
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Pennington had a post office and no railroad service
Honcut   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gridley
 - Honcut had a post office and no railroad service
Honcut   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gridley
 - Honcut had railroad service and no post office
Palermo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gridley
 - Palermo had a post office and railroad service
Lomo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Gridley
 - Lomo had railroad service and no post office
Ramirez   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gridley
 - Ramirez had railroad service and no post office
Oroville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gridley
 - 1895 population of 1,787 people (with 19,121 people in 2017)
 - Oroville 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 Gridley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gridley 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.

Gridley is located in Butte County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butte County: Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, Sutter, Tehama & Yuba.

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

Butte     (The home county for Gridley)
      Bigg's   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Robinsons Corner   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      East Biggs   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Honcut   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Richvale   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Palermo   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oroville Junction   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thermalito   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oroville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South Oroville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Colusa Rancheria   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Colusa   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Williams   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maxwell   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      College City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harrington   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Afton   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Butte City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glenn   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Willows   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Artois   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hamilton City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Capay   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Wildwood   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Birchville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Penn Valley   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      North San Juan   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rough and Ready   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newtown   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      The Oaks   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grass Valley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nevada City Rancheria   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alta Sierra   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sheridan   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Santa Cruz
      Live Oak   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brandy City - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Live Oak   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sutter   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tierra Buena   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Yuba City   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      South Yuba City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bogue   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Meridian   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rio Oso   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nicolas   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nicolaus   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Robbins   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hershey   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunnigan   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Knights Landing   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Zamora   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Iowa City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Loma Rica   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Binney Junction   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marysville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dantoni   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Browns Valley   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Linda   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rackerby   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Olivehurst   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oregon House   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ostrom - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]

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

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 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 Gridley:

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 Butte County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colusa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Glenn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Placer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sierra County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sutter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yolo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yuba County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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

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 Gridley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Gridley in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Gridley for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Gridley.
      See our Misc Page for Gridley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in California

About Butte County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gridley:

The official website for Butte 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 from Gridley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gridley) 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 Gridley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gridley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gridley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3631, Longitude: -121.6987     [Map].

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

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