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Our Genealogical Helper for Hawley ...

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 Hawley (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 Hawley. 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 Hawley ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hawley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hawley, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hawley.

Cemeteries Near Hawley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hawley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Whispering Pines Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Westside - Sharkey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Vinton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  E Chilcoot Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSW Sattley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  S Sierraville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  W Johnsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Cromberg Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Hawley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hawley.

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

Loyalton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hawley
 - 1895 population of 143 people (with 706 people in 2017)
 - Loyalton had a post office and no railroad service
Sattley   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hawley
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Sattley had a post office and no railroad service
Mohawk   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) from Hawley
 - Mohawk had a post office and no railroad service
Johnsville   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) from Hawley
 - 1895 population of 311 people
 - Johnsville had a post office and no railroad service
Cromberg   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hawley
 - Cromberg had a post office and no railroad service
Sierra City   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hawley
 - 1895 population of 632 people
 - Sierra City had a post office and no railroad service
Milford   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the North (N) from Hawley
 - 1895 population of 111 people
 - Milford had a post office and no railroad service
Genesee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Genesee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hawley
 - Genesee 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 Hawley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hawley 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.

Hawley is located in Plumas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Plumas County: Butte, Lassen, Shasta, Sierra, Tehama & Yuba.

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

Plumas     (The home county for Hawley)
      Beckwourth   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Portola   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Davis   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Delleker   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Iron Horse   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Vinton   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chilcoot-Vinton   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chilcoot   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Valley Ranch   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitehawk   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      C-Road   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clio   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mohawk Vista   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Doyle   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Herlong Junction   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Milford   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Herlong   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Patton Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Janesville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wendel   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Standish   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Litchfield   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Summit City - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baltimore Town   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marsh Mill   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prosser Lake Heights   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graniteville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Donner Lake   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Soda Springs   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Floriston   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Donner Woods   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingvale   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Norden   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Polaris   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Truckee   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Donner   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Bend   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Soda Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emigrant Gap   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Valley - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Loyalton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Calpine   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sattley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sierraville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sierra City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loganville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Poker Flat   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Downieville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Queen City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodyears Bar   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Forest   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alleghany   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brandy City - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washoe (NV)
      Border Town (NV)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cold Springs (NV)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Copperfield (NV) - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Verdi (NV)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nashville (NV)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lemmon Valley (NV)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Verdi-Mogul (NV)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Golden Valley (NV)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lawton (NV)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Panther Valley (NV)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bronco (NV) - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sun Valley (NV)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reno (NV)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Hawley:

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 Plumas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Lassen 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    
Shasta County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sierra County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washoe County (NV):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of Plumas County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of California,     of Plumas 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 Hawley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Plumas County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hawley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.8107, Longitude: -120.3549     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hawley 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 Hawley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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