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Our Genealogical Helper for The Grove ...

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 Grove (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 Grove. 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 Grove ...

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 134 newspapers that have been published in the area around The Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of The Grove, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for The Grove.

Cemeteries Near The Grove ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Winton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Hopeton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NE Snelling Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ENE Ivett Ranch Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  NW Denair Cemetery   [Map]     
  W North Hilmar Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  WNW Turlock Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Roberts Ferry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W South Hilmar 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 The Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of The Grove.

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

Atwater   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from The Grove
 - Atwater had a post office and railroad service
Arena   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from The Grove
 - Arena had railroad service and no post office
Hopeton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from The Grove
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Hopeton had a post office and no railroad service
Livingston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from The Grove
 - 1895 population of 82 people (with 14,140 people in 2017)
 - Livingston had a post office and railroad service
Merced   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from The Grove
 - 1895 population of 2,009 people (with 83,081 people in 2017)
 - Merced had a post office and railroad service
Delhi   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from The Grove
 - Delhi had railroad service and no post office
Snelling   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from The Grove
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - Snelling had a post office and no railroad service
Montpelier   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from The Grove
 - Montpelier had a post office and no railroad service
Turlock   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from The Grove
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 73,556 people in 2017)
 - Turlock 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 Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring The Grove 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 and 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.

The Grove is located in Merced County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Merced County: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Benito, Santa Clara & Stanislaus.

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

Merced     (The home county for The Grove)
      Winton   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Arundel - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Amsterdam   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Atwater   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fluhr   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cressey   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ballico   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Merced   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Delhi   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Snelling   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tuttle   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hilmar   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      The Shores of Poker Flat   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Telegraph City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Copper Cove Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Copperopolis   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oro Loma - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Firebaugh   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chowchilla   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lincoln - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berenda   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Madera Acres   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knowles Junction   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hornitos   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Catheys Valley   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bear Valley   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coulterville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Bullion   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mariposa   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Midpines   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bootjack   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
San Joaquin
      Escalon   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alba   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ripon   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Denair   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turlock   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hickman   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hughson   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Keyes   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ceres   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Newman   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bret Harte   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bystrom   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crows Landing   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moccasin   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chinese Camp   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Oak Flat   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Groveland   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jamestown   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rawhide   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 The Grove:

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 Merced County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calaveras County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fresno County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madera County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mariposa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Joaquin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stanislaus County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuolumne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

About Merced County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Merced County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from The Grove. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- The Grove) 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 The Grove. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from The Grove

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in The Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4040, Longitude: -120.5949     [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 The Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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