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Our Genealogical Helper for Haystack ...

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 Haystack (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 Haystack. 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 Haystack ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Haystack.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Haystack, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Haystack.

Cemeteries Near Haystack ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Haystack.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Petaluma Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cypress Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW B'nai Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Valley Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Two Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE St. Francis Solano Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thompson Family 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 Haystack in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Haystack.

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

Petaluma   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Haystack
 - 1895 population of 3,692 people (with 60,870 people in 2017)
 - Petaluma had a post office and railroad service
Lakeville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Haystack
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Lakeville had a post office and railroad service
Donahue - Historic   [Map]
 - While Donahue was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Haystack
 - Donahue had railroad service and no post office
Ely - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ely was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Haystack
 - Ely had railroad service and no post office
Penngrove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Haystack
 - Penngrove had a post office and railroad service
Novato   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Haystack
 - Novato had railroad service and no post office
Cotati   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Haystack
 - Cotati had railroad service and no post office
Black Point   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Haystack
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Black Point 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 Haystack. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Haystack 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 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.

Haystack is located in Sonoma County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sonoma County: Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa & Solano.

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

Sonoma     (The home county for Haystack)
      Petaluma   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Penngrove   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Temelec   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      El Verano   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cotati   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vineburg   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Boyes Hot Springs   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sonoma   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rohnert Park   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glen Ellen   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bellevue   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Albany   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      University Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berkeley   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Normandy Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rochedale Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      South Berkeley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Emeryville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Campbell Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montclair   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakland   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brooklyn - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Contra Costa
      Bayview   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hercules   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pinole   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rodeo   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tara Hills   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Atchison Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Point Richmond   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rollingwood   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      San Pablo   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Crockett   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      El Sobrante   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nystrom Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Middletown   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hidden Valley Lake   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Novato   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Black Point-Green Point   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rafael Village   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nicasio   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Forest Knolls   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      San Geronimo   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodacre   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Millerton   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lagunitas-Forest Knolls   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lagunitas   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Napa   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Yountville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      American Canyon   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lombard   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rutherford   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Helena   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Calistoga   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodleaf   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Angwin   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pope Valley   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
San Francisco
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stonestown   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Mateo
      Broadmoor Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Broadmoor   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Daly City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Westlake   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brisbane   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colma   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South San Francisco   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Guadalcanal Village   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Vallejo   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mare Island - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mankas Corner   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benicia   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Suisun City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vacaville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cannon - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Travis Field   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leisure Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elmira   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartley   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winters   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Haystack:

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 Sonoma County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Contra Costa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Napa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Francisco County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Mateo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yolo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Haystack. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2233, Longitude: -122.6100     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Haystack 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 Haystack, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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