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Our Genealogical Helper for Guadalupe ...

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 Guadalupe (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 Guadalupe. 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 Guadalupe ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Guadalupe.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Guadalupe. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Guadalupe and those printed in the larger area surrounding Guadalupe.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> of Guadalupe.

Cemeteries Near Guadalupe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Guadalupe.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Guadalupe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Santa Maria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Halcyon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  ESE Foxen Canyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ontiveros Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  NNW Old Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sutcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  SSE Ryon Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Los Alamos Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 24 miles [38.6 km]  
  SSE Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  NNW Los Osos Valley Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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 Guadalupe had a population of 295 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Guadalupe had a population of 7,370 people.

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

Nipomo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Guadalupe
 - 1895 population of 215 people
 - Nipomo had a post office and railroad service
Santa Maria   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Guadalupe
 - 1895 population of 1,433 people (with 107,014 people in 2017)
 - Santa Maria had a post office and railroad service
Summit - Historic   [Map]
 - While Summit was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Guadalupe
 - Summit had railroad service and no post office
Los Berros   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Guadalupe
 - Los Berros had a post office and railroad service
Arroyo Grande   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Guadalupe
 - 1895 population of 466 people (with 18,123 people in 2017)
 - Arroyo Grande had a post office and railroad service
Huasna   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Guadalupe
 - Huasna had a post office and no railroad service
Verde   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Guadalupe
 - Verde had railroad service and no post office
Reeds - Historic   [Map]
 - While Reeds was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Guadalupe
 - Reeds had railroad service and no post office
Garey   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Guadalupe
 - Garey had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Guadalupe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Guadalupe 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 and doctors 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.

Guadalupe is located in Santa Barbara County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Santa Barbara County: Kern, San Luis Obispo & Ventura.

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

Santa Barbara     (The home county for Guadalupe)
      Betteravia   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Santa Maria   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Casmalia   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Orcutt   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lompoc Landing - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vandenberg Village   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mission Hills   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Los Alamos   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lompoc Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lompoc   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Buellton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Los Olivos   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Luis Obispo
      Callender   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Nipomo   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oceano   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arroyo Grande   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fairoaks   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grover Beach   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pismo Beach   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shell Beach   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Avila Beach   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Port San Luis   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      San Miguelito   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      San Luis Obispo   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Los Osos   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
San Mateo
      Baywood Park   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Guadalupe:

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 Barbara County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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

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 Guadalupe:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Guadalupe in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Guadalupe for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Guadalupe.
      See our Misc Page for Guadalupe for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in California

About Santa Barbara County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Guadalupe:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Guadalupe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9680, Longitude: -120.5739     [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 Guadalupe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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