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Our Genealogical Helper for Harrison Park ...

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 Harrison Park (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 Harrison Park. 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 Harrison Park ...

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 110 newspapers that have been published in the area around Harrison Park.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Harrison Park, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Harrison Park.

Cemeteries Near Harrison Park ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Harrison Park.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Julian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  W Memory Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  SW El Cajon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  W Dearborn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 27 miles [43.5 km]  
  NW St. Bartholomew Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 28 miles [45.1 km]  
  SW St. Francis Xavier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 30 miles [48.3 km]  
  WNW Valley Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 31 miles [49.9 km]  
  NW Pauma Valley 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 Harrison Park in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Harrison Park.

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

Cuyamaca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cuyamaca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Harrison Park
 - Cuyamaca had a post office and no railroad service
Banner   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Harrison Park
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Banner had a post office and no railroad service
Julian   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Harrison Park
 - 1895 population of 327 people
 - Julian had a post office and no railroad service
Wynola   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Harrison Park
 - Wynola had a post office and no railroad service
Santa Ysabel   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Harrison Park
 - Santa Ysabel had a post office and no railroad service
Ballena   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Harrison Park
 - 1895 population of 132 people
 - Ballena had a post office and no railroad service
Descanso   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Harrison Park
 - Descanso had a post office and no railroad service
El Capitan - Historic   [Map]
 - While El Capitan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Harrison Park
 - El Capitan 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 Harrison Park. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Harrison Park 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.

Harrison Park is located in San Diego County.

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

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

San Diego     (The home county for Harrison Park)
      Banner   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Stonewall - Historic   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Julian   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Santa Ysabel   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Descanso   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Guatay   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      San Diego Country Estates   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ranchita   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Los Terrentos   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Valley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Laguna   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      The Willows   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ocotillo   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coolidge Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Desert Shores   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Salton City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Salton Sea Beach   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aguanga   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anza   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pinyon Pines   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alpine Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ramona Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oasis   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Harrison Park:

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 Diego County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Imperial County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Riverside County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Communities in California

About San Diego County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for San Diego 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 that begins in Harrison Park. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Harrison Park) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harrison Park. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0262, Longitude: -116.5692     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harrison Park 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 Harrison Park, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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