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Our Genealogical Helper for Half Moon Bay ...

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 Half Moon Bay (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 Half Moon Bay. 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 Half Moon Bay ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Half Moon Bay.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Half Moon Bay. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Half Moon Bay and those printed in the larger area surrounding Half Moon Bay.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km]<1> of Half Moon Bay.

Cemeteries Near Half Moon Bay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Half Moon Bay.

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 Half Moon Bay covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pilarcitos Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Skylawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  N Golden Gate National Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oakwood Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orange Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  S Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hoy Sun Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hills of Eternity Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Serbian Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Home of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cypress Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Chinese Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Russian Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chinese 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Half Moon Bay had a population of 784 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Half Moon Bay had a population of 12,870 people.

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

Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Half Moon Bay
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 27,140 people in 2017)
 - Belmont had a post office and railroad service
San Gregorio   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Half Moon Bay
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - San Gregorio had a post office and no railroad service
San Carlos   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Half Moon Bay
 - San Carlos had railroad service and no post office
San Mateo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Half Moon Bay
 - 1895 population of 1,016 people (with 104,748 people in 2017)
 - San Mateo had a post office and railroad service
Millbrae   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Half Moon Bay
 - 1895 population of 243 people (with 22,718 people in 2017)
 - Millbrae had a post office and railroad service
Woodside   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Half Moon Bay
 - 1895 population of 205 people (with 5,564 people in 2017)
 - Woodside had a post office and no railroad service
Searsville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Searsville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Half Moon Bay
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Searsville had a post office and no railroad service
Redwood City   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Half Moon Bay
 - 1895 population of 1,572 people (with 86,685 people in 2017)
 - Redwood City had a post office and railroad service
San Bruno   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Half Moon Bay
 - San Bruno had railroad service and no post office
Baden   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Half Moon Bay
 - Baden 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 Half Moon Bay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Half Moon Bay 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Half Moon Bay is located in San Mateo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of San Mateo County: Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara & Santa Cruz.

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

San Mateo     (The home county for Half Moon Bay)
      El Granada   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Highlands-Baywood Park   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Highlands   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Montara   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Moss Beach   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Martins Beach   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hillsborough   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Adobe Corner   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Emerald Lake Hills   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burlingame   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Russell City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alvarado - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Eden   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newark   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      San Lorenzo   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alameda   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Brookfield Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cherryland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayward   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      San Leandro   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Union City   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Contra Costa
      Moraga   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kensington   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Point Richmond   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orinda   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Atchison Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Easter Hill Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nystrom Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orinda Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Richmond Heights   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muir Beach   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mill Valley   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Corte Madera   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
San Francisco
      Stonestown   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
Santa Clara
      Stanford   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Palo Alto   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ventura   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Castro City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Loyola   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cupertino   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alviso   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Santa Cruz
      Boulder Creek   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Swanton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brookdale   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Davenport Landing   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ben Lomond   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lompico   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bonny Doon   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Zayante   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Felton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 helpful 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 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 Half Moon Bay:

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 San Mateo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Contra Costa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Francisco County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Clara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of San Mateo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of California,     of San Mateo 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 Half Moon Bay ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in California

About San Mateo County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Half Moon Bay:

The official website for San Mateo 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 begins in Half Moon Bay. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Half Moon Bay) 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 Half Moon Bay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Half Moon Bay

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Half Moon Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4641, Longitude: -122.4341     [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 Half Moon Bay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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