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Our Genealogical Helper for Hansen ...

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 Hansen (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 Hansen. 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 Hansen ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hansen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hansen, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hansen.

Cemeteries Near Hansen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hansen.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Magnolia Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Westminster Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Melrose Abbey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Anaheim Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Artesia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Loma Vista Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Good Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S The Good Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Young Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Olive Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Paradise Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Old Downey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W All Souls Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Long Beach Forest Lawn Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Long Beach Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Table Top Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Harbor Lawn - Mt. Olive Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Fairhaven Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Santa Ana Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Memory Garden Memorial Park   [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 Hansen in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hansen.

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

Brookhurst   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hansen
 - Brookhurst had railroad service and no post office
Almond   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hansen
 - Almond had railroad service and no post office
Buena Park   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Hansen
 - Buena Park had a post office and railroad service
Westminster   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Hansen
 - 1895 population of 238 people (with 91,564 people in 2017)
 - Westminster had a post office and railroad service
Northam - Historic   [Map]
 - While Northam was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Hansen
 - Northam had a post office and no railroad service
Cerritos   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hansen
 - Cerritos had railroad service and no post office
Bolsa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hansen
 - Bolsa had a post office and no railroad service
Carmenita   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hansen
 - Carmenita had a post office and railroad service
Garden Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hansen
 - 1895 population of 126 people (with 174,226 people in 2017)
 - Garden Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Anaheim   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Hansen
 - 1895 population of 1,273 people (with 352,497 people in 2017)
 - Anaheim had a post office and railroad service
Artesia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hansen
 - Artesia had a post office and no railroad service
Miraflores   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Hansen
 - Miraflores 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 Hansen. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hansen 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.

Hansen is located in Orange County.

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

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

Orange     (The home county for Hansen)
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Cypress   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      La Palma   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Buena Park   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Los Alamitos   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Barber City   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Lantern Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Westminster   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rossmoor   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Anaheim   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Midway City   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Garden Grove   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
Los Angeles
      Hawaiian Gardens   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cerritos   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Artesia   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      La Mirada   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      East La Mirada   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bellflower   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Norwalk   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Naples   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lakewood   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belmont Shore   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Paramount   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cambodia Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eastvale   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Norco   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Porphyry - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Home Gardens   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Temescal   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mira Loma   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pedley   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glen Avon   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jurupa Valley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
San Bernardino
      Chino Hills   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Los Serranos   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chino   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montclair   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ontario   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Racimo   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Guasti   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      San Antonio Heights   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alta Loma   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rancho Cucamonga   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Southridge Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
San Diego
      San Onofre   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Hansen:

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 Orange County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Los Angeles 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    
San Diego County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

About Orange County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Orange 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 from Hansen. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hansen) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hansen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8172, Longitude: -118.0106     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hansen 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 Hansen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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