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Our Genealogical Helper for Hawkins Bar ...

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 Hawkins Bar (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 Hawkins Bar. 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 Hawkins Bar ...

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 Hawkins Bar.

  • While the name of this community is Hawkins Bar, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Hawkins Bar may originally have been Hawkin's Bar.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Hawkins Bar might be written as Hawkin Bar.

Newspapers Published in Hawkins Bar ...

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 71 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hawkins Bar.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hawkins Bar, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hawkins Bar.

Cemeteries Near Hawkins Bar ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hawkins Bar.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  NNW Hoopa Tribal Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  ESE Trinity County Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 28 miles [45.1 km]  
  SE Hayfork Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Orcutt Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 29 miles [46.7 km]  
  WSW Spear Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 31 miles [49.9 km]  
  SSW Bridgeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weaverville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 33 miles [53.1 km]  
  W Myrtle Grove Memorial   [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 Hawkins Bar in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hawkins Bar.

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

Burnt Ranch   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hawkins Bar
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Burnt Ranch had a post office and no railroad service
Denny - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denny was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hawkins Bar
 - Denny had a post office and no railroad service
Big Bar   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hawkins Bar
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Big Bar had a post office and no railroad service
Hyampom   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South (S) from Hawkins Bar
 - Hyampom had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Creek   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hawkins Bar
 - Maple Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Korbel   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West (W) from Hawkins Bar
 - Korbel had a post office and no railroad service
Weitchpec   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hawkins Bar
 - Weitchpec had a post office and no railroad service
Blue Lake   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the West (W) from Hawkins Bar
 - 1895 population of 398 people (with 1,265 people in 2017)
 - Blue Lake 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 Hawkins Bar. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hawkins Bar 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.

Hawkins Bar is located in Trinity County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Trinity County: Humboldt, Mendocino, Shasta, Siskiyou & Tehama.

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

Trinity     (The home county for Hawkins Bar)
      Trinity Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Salyer   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Burnt Ranch   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Big Bar   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hyampom   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Helena - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Junction City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McClellan Place   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayfork   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weaverville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Douglas City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lewiston   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wildwood   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Willow Creek   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Janes Place   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hoopa   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Korbel   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weitchpec   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Atsepar - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lone Star Junction - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blue Lake   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kneeland   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dinsmore   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fickle Hill   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      The Springs   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bayside   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cecilville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Forks of Salmon   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Somes Bar   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sawyers Bar   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 it should be mentioned 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 Hawkins Bar:

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 Trinity County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Humboldt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Siskiyou County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hawkins Bar. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8701, Longitude: -123.5228     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hawkins Bar 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 Hawkins Bar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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