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Our Genealogical Helper for Hays Place ...

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 Hays Place (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 Hays Place. 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 Hays Place ...

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 Hays Place.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hays Place: Hays Pl. (or less commonly used: Hays Plc.)
  • While the name of this community is Hays Place, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Hays Place may originally have been Hay's Place.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Hays Place might be written as Hay Place.

Newspapers Published in Hays Place ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hays Place.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hays Place, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hays Place.

Cemeteries Near Hays Place ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hays Place.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Hulls Grave   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  WNW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  E Watson Grave   [Map]     
  WNW Yuki Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  WNW Nome Lackee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  ESE Elk Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Grindstone Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Chrome Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Millsap Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  WNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  ENE Newville 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 Hays Place in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hays Place.

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

Covelo   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hays Place
 - 1895 population of 498 people
 - Covelo had a post office and no railroad service
Hearst   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hays Place
 - Hearst had a post office and no railroad service
Elk Creek   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hays Place
 - 1895 population of 213 people
 - Elk Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Newville   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hays Place
 - 1895 population of 167 people
 - Newville had a post office and no railroad service
Paskenta   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hays Place
 - 1895 population of 122 people
 - Paskenta had a post office and no railroad service
Fruto   [Map]
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hays Place
 - Fruto had a post office and railroad service
Potter Valley   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hays Place
 - 1895 population of 219 people
 - Potter Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Pomo   [Map]
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hays Place
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Pomo 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 Hays Place. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hays Place 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Hays Place is located in Mendocino County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mendocino County: Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Sonoma, Tehama & Trinity.

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

Mendocino     (The home county for Hays Place)
      Covelo   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dos Rios   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Potter Valley   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Willits   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Laytonville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Redwood Valley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hemlock Ranch   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Calpella   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shake City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowman Place   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      The Forks   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Branscomb   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrs Springs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stonyford   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lodoga   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lone Star - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Copper City   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elk Creek   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Artois   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orland   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Willows   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Witter Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saratoga Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pole Garden - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upper Lake   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Robinson Rancheria   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nice   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lucerne   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Lakeport   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paskenta   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flournoy   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rancho Tehama Reserve   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Hays Place:

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 Mendocino County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colusa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Glenn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tehama County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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About Mendocino County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mendocino County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hays Place. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6771, Longitude: -122.9111     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hays Place 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 Hays Place, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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