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Our Genealogical Helper for Happy Valley ...

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 Happy Valley (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 Happy Valley. 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 Happy Valley ...

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 Happy Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Happy Valley: Happy Vly. (or less commonly used: Happy Vally. or Happy Vlly.)

Newspapers Published in Happy Valley ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Happy Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Happy Valley, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Happy Valley.

Cemeteries Near Happy Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Happy Valley.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Indian Diggings Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Andreason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WNW Bennett Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  WNW Middletown Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  WNW Westwood Hills Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SW Shenandoah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fiddletown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fiddletown Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Protestant 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.<2>

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

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

Grizzly Flatx   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Happy Valley
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Grizzly Flatx had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bryants   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Happy Valley
 - Bryants had railroad service and no post office
 
Pleasant Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Happy Valley
 - 1895 population of 231 people
 - Pleasant Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Omo Ranch   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Happy Valley
 - Omo Ranch had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pacific   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Happy Valley
 - Pacific had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fair Play   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Happy Valley
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Fair Play had a post office and no railroad service
 
Placerville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Happy Valley
 - 1895 population of 1,690 people (with 10,681 people in 2016)
 - Placerville had a post office and railroad service
 
El Dorado   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) from Happy Valley
 - 1895 population of 311 people
 - El Dorado 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 Happy Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Happy Valley 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 doctors 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.

Happy Valley is located in El Dorado County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of El Dorado County: Alpine, Amador, Placer, Sacramento & Douglas (NV).

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

  DirectionDistance
El Dorado     (The home county for Happy Valley)
      Grizzly Flatx   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fresh Pond   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Pollock Pines   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Pacific   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sportsman Hall - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Newtown   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Camino   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Somerset   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Riverton   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fair Play   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Motor City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Alpine
      Kirkwood   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bear Valley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sorensens   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Amador
      River Pines   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Volcano   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fiddletown   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pioneer   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Plymouth   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Amador City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Drytown   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kit Carson   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Sutter Creek   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Martell   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Calaveras
      West Point   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sandy Gulch   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wilseyville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rail Road Flat   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Big Bar   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mokelumne Hill   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camp Connell   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Meadow   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Trees Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dorrington   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arnold   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Nevada
      Lake of the Pines   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chicago Park   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      You Bet - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Placer
      Michigan Bluff   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greekstore   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Foresthill   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Yankee Jims   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Applegate   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bowman   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clipper Gap   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Meadow Vista   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Auburn   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weimar   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Granite Bay   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Sacramento
      Mormon Island - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rancho Murieta   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Folsom   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prairie City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Represa   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Natoma   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orangevale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sloughhouse   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gold River   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Citrus Heights   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fair Oaks   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mather   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Douglas (NV)
      Edgewood (NV)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stateline (NV)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tahoe Village (NV)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Zephyr Cove (NV)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kingsbury (NV)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Skyland (NV)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Happy Valley:

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 El Dorado County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alpine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Amador County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calaveras County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nevada County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Placer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sacramento County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (NV):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of El Dorado County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of California,     of El Dorado 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
 
Also see Diaster Stories for ...
      Nevada

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for El Dorado County: www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Happy Valley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Happy Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Happy Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6818, Longitude: -120.5633     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Happy Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Happy Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Happy Valley.



 
 
 

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