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Our Genealogical Helper for Hamilton Branch ...

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 Hamilton Branch (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 Hamilton Branch. 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 Hamilton Branch ...

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 Hamilton Branch.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hamilton Branch: Hamilton Br. (or less commonly used: Hamilton Brnch.)

Newspapers Published in Hamilton Branch ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hamilton Branch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hamilton Branch, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hamilton Branch.

Cemeteries Near Hamilton Branch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hamilton Branch.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Prattville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Westwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Chester Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SW Humbug Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Big Flat Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SE Greenville District Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SE North Valley Indian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SE Crescent Mills Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  SE Taylorsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  SSE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shims Flat Indian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Hamilton Branch in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hamilton Branch.

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

Prattville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hamilton Branch
 - 1895 population of 239 people
 - Prattville had a post office and no railroad service
Longville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hamilton Branch
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Longville had no post office or railroad service
Greenville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hamilton Branch
 - 1895 population of 531 people
 - Greenville had a post office and no railroad service
Crescent Mills   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hamilton Branch
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Crescent Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Taylorsville   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hamilton Branch
 - 1895 population of 205 people
 - Taylorsville had a post office and no railroad service
Spanish Ranch   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the South (S) from Hamilton Branch
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Spanish Ranch had a post office and no railroad service
Genesee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Genesee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hamilton Branch
 - Genesee had a post office and railroad service
Meadow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South (S) from Hamilton Branch
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Meadow Valley 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 Hamilton Branch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hamilton Branch 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Hamilton Branch is located in Plumas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Plumas County: Butte, Lassen, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama & Yuba.

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

Plumas     (The home county for Hamilton Branch)
      Peninsula Village   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      East Shore   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lake Almanor Peninsula   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lake Almanor Country Club   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Almanor   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Almanor West   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Canyondam   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chester   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Longville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Caribou   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Butte Meadows   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stirling City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Bar   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pulga   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      De Sabla   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Magalia   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nimshew   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paradise Pines   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peninsula Village   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Pine Town   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Westwood   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Susanville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Janesville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leavitt   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belfast   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Standish   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Litchfield   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Milford   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Manzanita Lake   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Station   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Viola - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mineral   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dantuma Place   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Hamilton Branch:

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 Plumas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butte County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lassen County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shasta County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tehama County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Search for a Community in California

About Plumas County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Plumas County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Hamilton Branch. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hamilton Branch) 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 Hamilton Branch. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hamilton Branch

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hamilton Branch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2736, Longitude: -121.0929     [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 Hamilton Branch, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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