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Our Genealogical Helper for Gum ...

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 Gum (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 Gum. 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 Gum ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gum.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gum, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gum.

Cemeteries Near Gum ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gum.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Guadalupe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Santa Maria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NNW Halcyon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  ESE Foxen Canyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ontiveros Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  SE Los Alamos Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  S Ryon Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  S Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  NNW Old Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sutcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 30 miles [48.3 km]  
  SE Solvang Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  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>

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

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

Guadalupe   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gum
 - 1895 population of 295 people (with 7,370 people in 2017)
 - Guadalupe had a post office and no railroad service
Santa Maria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gum
 - 1895 population of 1,433 people (with 107,014 people in 2017)
 - Santa Maria had a post office and railroad service
Nipomo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gum
 - 1895 population of 215 people
 - Nipomo had a post office and railroad service
Summit - Historic   [Map]
 - While Summit was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Gum
 - Summit had railroad service and no post office
Garey   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Gum
 - Garey had a post office and no railroad service
Los Berros   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Gum
 - Los Berros had a post office and railroad service
Arroyo Grande   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gum
 - 1895 population of 466 people (with 18,123 people in 2017)
 - Arroyo Grande had a post office and railroad service
Huasna   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gum
 - Huasna 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 Gum. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gum 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Gum 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 Gum. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Gum:

Santa Barbara     (The home county for Gum)
      Betteravia   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Guadalupe   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Santa Maria   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Casmalia   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Orcutt   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lompoc Landing - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vandenberg Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mission Hills   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Los Alamos   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lompoc Village   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lompoc   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buellton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Los Olivos   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
San Luis Obispo
      Nipomo   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Callender   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oceano   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arroyo Grande   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairoaks   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grover Beach   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pismo Beach   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shell Beach   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Avila Beach   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      San Miguelito   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Port San Luis   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      San Luis Obispo   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Los Osos   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
San Mateo
      Baywood Park   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Gum:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of California

About Santa Barbara County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Gum. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gum) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gum. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9200, Longitude: -120.5216     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gum have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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