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Our Genealogical Helper for Hales 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 Hales 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 Hales 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.

Name Variations for Hales Grove ...

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 Hales Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hales Grove: Hales Grv.
  • While the name of this community is Hales Grove, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Hales Grove may originally have been Hale's Grove.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Hales Grove might be written as Hale Grove.

Newspapers Published in Hales 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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hales Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hales Grove, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hales Grove.

Cemeteries Near Hales Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hales 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 Hales Grove covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Lilley Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  S Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  ESE Laytonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  N Garberville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Harris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  S Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jewett Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 24 miles [38.6 km]  
  NNW Ettersburg Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  E Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 28 miles [45.1 km]  
  NE Martin Ranch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 30 miles [48.3 km]  
  E Yuki Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nome Lackee 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 Hales Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hales Grove.

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

Rockport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hales Grove
 - Rockport had a post office and no railroad service
Cummings   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Hales Grove
 - Cummings had a post office and no railroad service
Kenny   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hales Grove
 - Kenny had a post office and no railroad service
Westport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Hales Grove
 - 1895 population of 593 people
 - Westport had a post office and no railroad service
Laytonville   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hales Grove
 - Laytonville had a post office and no railroad service
Inglenook   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) from Hales Grove
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Inglenook had a post office and no railroad service
Garberville   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North (N) from Hales Grove
 - 1895 population of 284 people
 - Garberville had a post office and no railroad service
Harris   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hales Grove
 - Harris had a post office and no railroad service
Briceland   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hales Grove
 - Briceland 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 Hales Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hales 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Hales Grove is located in Mendocino County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mendocino County: Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Sonoma, Tehama & Trinity.

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

Mendocino     (The home county for Hales Grove)
      Leggett   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Leggett   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Piercy   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bowman Place   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Westport   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bell Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Branscomb   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Laytonville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Inglenook   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dos Rios   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Bragg   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Covelo   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cooks Valley   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitethorn   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Garberville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harris   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Redway   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shelter Cove   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alderpoint   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phillipsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Seward   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Miranda   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Myers Flat   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blocksburg   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Zenia   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ruth   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Hales 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 Mendocino County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Humboldt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Trinity County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mendocino 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 starting from Hales Grove. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hales Grove) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hales Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.8177, Longitude: -123.7822     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hales Grove 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 Hales Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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