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Halley, California

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Our Genealogy Helper for Halley ...

So far, we have found very little information about Halley. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Halley to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Halley, please Contact Us.

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 Halley (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Halley. 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.

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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Halley is historic, it would have been located within present day Stanislaus County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Stanislaus County: Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin & Santa Clara.

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

Stanislaus     (The home county for Halley)
  Grayson   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<2>
  Westley   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Tuolumne City - Historic   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Riverdale Park   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Salida   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  West Modesto   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bret Harte   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bystrom   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Modesto   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Shackelford   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ceres   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Crows Landing   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tesla - Historic   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Altamont   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Livermore   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sunol   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dublin   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Komandorski Village   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  San Ramon Village   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Drawbridge - Historic   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Telegraph City   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Milton   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jenny Lind   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Contra Costa
  Byron   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Discovery Bay   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Brentwood   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Knightsen   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bethel Island   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakley   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marsh Creek Springs   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blackhawk   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hilmar   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gustine   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stevinson   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ballico   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cressey   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arundel - Historic   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Santa Nella Village   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Santa Nella   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Winton   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  The Grove   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
San Joaquin
  Vernalis   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Ripon   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lyoth   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Banta   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wainwright Village   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Manteca   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lathrop   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Carnegie - Historic   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Five Corners   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Manteca Junction   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Alba   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Escalon   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Santa Clara
  East Foothills   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Alum Rock   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coyote   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Milpitas   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bell Station   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Morgan Hill   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Seven Trees   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  San Jose   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  San Martin   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunol-Midtown   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Halley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Halley.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Halley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Grayson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Patterson Cemetery District   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Brichetto Tomb   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  ENE Woodcolony Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNE Ripon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NW Tracy Public Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  ENE St. Stanislaus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N East Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  NNE St. Johns Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Atlanta Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  N Park View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Halley ...

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 143 newspapers that have been published in the area around Halley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Halley, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Halley.

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.

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

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

Vernalis   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Halley
 - Vernalis had a post office and railroad service
Westley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Halley
 - Westley had a post office and railroad service
Grayson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Halley
 - 1895 population of 331 people
 - Grayson had a post office and railroad service
Yarmouth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Yarmouth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Halley
 - Yarmouth had railroad service and no post office
Salida   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Halley
 - Salida had a post office and railroad service
Ripon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Halley
 - 1895 population of 133 people (with 15,677 people in 2017)
 - Ripon had a post office and railroad service
Banta   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Halley
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Banta had a post office and railroad service
Modesto   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Halley
 - 1895 population of 2,402 people (with 214,221 people in 2017)
 - Modesto had a post office and railroad service

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Halley:

These websites are specific to California:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Stanislaus County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:     Cyndi's



Calaveras County:     Cyndi's



Contra Costa County:     Cyndi's



Merced County:     Cyndi's



San Joaquin County:     Cyndi's



Santa Clara County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Find a Community located in California

About Stanislaus County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Stanislaus County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Halley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Halley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Halley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5947, Longitude: -121.2483     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Halley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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