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Our Genealogical Helper for Hacienda Heights ...

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 Hacienda Heights (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 Hacienda Heights. 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.

Name Variations for Hacienda Heights ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Hacienda Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hacienda Heights: Hacienda Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in the area of Hacienda Heights ...

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 112 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hacienda Heights.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Hacienda Heights. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Hacienda Heights and those printed in the larger area surrounding Hacienda Heights.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> of Hacienda Heights.

Cemeteries Near Hacienda Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hacienda Heights.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Queen of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rose Hills Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Olive Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Memory Garden Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Paradise Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SW Little Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Loma Vista Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Savannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Young Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Covina Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Oakdale Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Russian Molokan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Live Oak Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Spadra Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Park Lawn 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 Hacienda Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hacienda Heights.

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

Whittier   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hacienda Heights
 - 1895 population of 585 people (with 86,838 people in 2017)
 - Whittier had a post office and railroad service
Los Nietos   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hacienda Heights
 - Los Nietos had a post office and no railroad service
El Monte   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hacienda Heights
 - 1895 population of 159 people (with 116,109 people in 2017)
 - El Monte had a post office and no railroad service
Santa Fe Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hacienda Heights
 - Santa Fe Springs had a post office and railroad service
Fulton Wells   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hacienda Heights
 - Fulton Wells had a post office and no railroad service
Covina   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hacienda Heights
 - 1895 population of 93 people (with 48,462 people in 2017)
 - Covina had a post office and no railroad service
Savannah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Savannah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hacienda Heights
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Savannah had a post office and railroad service
Studebaker   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hacienda Heights
 - Studebaker had railroad service and no post office

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

Hacienda Heights is located in Los Angeles County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Los Angeles County: Kern, Orange, San Bernardino & Ventura.

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

Los Angeles     (The home county for Hacienda Heights)
      City of Industry   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      La Puente   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      La Habra Heights   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Rowland Heights   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      South San Jose Hills   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Valinda   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      West Puente Valley   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Avocado Heights   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Whittier   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bassett   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodside Village   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      East La Mirada   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Whittier   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      La Habra   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brea   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fullerton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Buena Park   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Placentia   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anaheim   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Yorba Linda   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      La Palma   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cypress   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Los Alamitos   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anaheim Hills   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eastvale   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Norco   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mira Loma   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Home Gardens   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Porphyry - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen Avon   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jurupa Valley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pedley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      De Anza Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rubidoux   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
San Bernardino
      Chino Hills   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Los Serranos   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chino   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Montclair   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ontario   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Upland   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Racimo   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      San Antonio Heights   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Guasti   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rancho Cucamonga   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Alta Loma   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Etiwanda   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Southridge Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Hacienda Heights:

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 Los Angeles County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Orange County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Riverside County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Bernardino County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hacienda Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9948, Longitude: -117.9685     [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 Hacienda Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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