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Our Genealogical Helper for Hawaiian Gardens ...

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 Hawaiian Gardens (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 Hawaiian Gardens. 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 Hawaiian Gardens ...

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 Hawaiian Gardens.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hawaiian Gardens: Hawaiian Gdns. (or less commonly used: Hawaiian Gardns., Hawaiian Grdens. or Hawaiian Grdns.)

Newspapers Published in Hawaiian Gardens ...

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 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hawaiian Gardens.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hawaiian Gardens, 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 Hawaiian Gardens.

Cemeteries Near Hawaiian Gardens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hawaiian Gardens.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Artesia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Young Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Long Beach Forest Lawn Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W All Souls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Long Beach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Table Top Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Magnolia Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Old Downey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Westminster Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Little Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Olive Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Paradise Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Anaheim Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Wilmington Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW Russian Molokan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Good Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE The Good Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Park Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Melrose Abbey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Loma Vista Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lincoln Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Woodlawn 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.<3>

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

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

Cerritos   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - Cerritos had railroad service and no post office
Artesia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - Artesia had a post office and no railroad service
Buena Park   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - Buena Park had a post office and railroad service
Carmenita   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - Carmenita had a post office and railroad service
Norwalk   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - 1895 population of 596 people (with 106,084 people in 2017)
 - Norwalk had a post office and railroad service
Almond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - Almond had railroad service and no post office
Northam - Historic   [Map]
 - While Northam was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - Northam had a post office and no railroad service
Studebaker   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hawaiian Gardens
 - Studebaker 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 Hawaiian Gardens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hawaiian Gardens 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 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.

Hawaiian Gardens is located in Los Angeles County.

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

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

Los Angeles     (The home county for Hawaiian Gardens)
      Cerritos   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Artesia   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Norwalk   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bellflower   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lakewood   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Naples   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Signal Hill   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      La Mirada   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Paramount   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belmont Shore   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cambodia Town   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      East La Mirada   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Long Beach   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      La Palma   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Los Alamitos   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Cypress   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Rossmoor   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Buena Park   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Barber City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Seal Beach   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Westminster   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sunset Beach   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Surfside   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Lantern Village   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Midway City   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eastvale   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Norco   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Porphyry - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Home Gardens   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mira Loma   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Temescal   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen Avon   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pedley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jurupa Valley   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      De Anza Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
San Bernardino
      Chino Hills   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Los Serranos   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chino   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Montclair   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ontario   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Racimo   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Guasti   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      San Antonio Heights   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alta Loma   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rancho Cucamonga   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Southridge Village   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Etiwanda   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 either 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 Hawaiian Gardens:

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 Los Angeles County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Orange 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hawaiian Gardens:

The official website for Los Angeles 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 Hawaiian Gardens. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hawaiian Gardens) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hawaiian Gardens. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hawaiian Gardens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hawaiian Gardens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8315, Longitude: -118.0720     [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 Hawaiian Gardens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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