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Our Genealogical Helper for Hemet ...

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 Hemet (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 Hemet. 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 the area of Hemet ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hemet.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Hemet. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Hemet and those printed in the larger area surrounding Hemet.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> of Hemet.

Cemeteries Near Hemet ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hemet.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE San Jacinto Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  N Sunnyslope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  N Mt. View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  N Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Sunnyslope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Perris Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  S Radec Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Riverside National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  WSW Wildomar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  W Elsinore Valley 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 Hemet in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hemet.

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

Idyllwild   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Hemet
 - Idyllwild had a post office and no railroad service
Murrieta   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hemet
 - 1895 population of 577 people (with 113,326 people in 2017)
 - Murrieta had a post office and railroad service
Eastbern - Historic   [Map]
 - While Eastbern was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hemet
 - Eastbern had railroad service and no post office
Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hemet
 - Mentone had a post office and railroad service
Redlands   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hemet
 - 1895 population of 1,904 people (with 71,554 people in 2017)
 - Redlands had a post office and railroad service
Rainbow   [Map]
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hemet
 - Rainbow had a post office and no railroad service
Lugonia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lugonia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hemet
 - Lugonia had a post office and no railroad service
Pala   [Map]
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hemet
 - Pala 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 Hemet. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hemet 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Hemet is located in Riverside County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Riverside County: La Paz (AZ), Imperial, Orange, San Bernardino & San Diego.

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

Riverside     (The home county for Hemet)
      East Hemet   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      San Jacinto   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Valle Vista   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gilman Hot Springs   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Winchester   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Homeland   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nuevo   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Romoland   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beaumont   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Menifee   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Banning   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dutch Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trabuco Canyon   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trabuco Highlands   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rancho Santa Margarita   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coto de Caza   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Silverado Canyon - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beeks Place - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Portola Hills   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Silverado   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Las Flores   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Foothill Ranch   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ladera Ranch   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Bernardino
      Oak Glen   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Yucaipa   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eastbern - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Forest Falls   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Plymouth Village   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountain Home Village   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Redlands   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      University Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bryn Mawr   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loma Linda   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lugonia - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Angelus Oaks   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
San Diego
      Rainbow   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pala   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Palomar Mountain   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pauma Valley   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holcomb Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fallbrook   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bonsall   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hidden Meadows   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lawrence Welk Resort Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Center   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Warner Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vista   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Hemet:

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 Riverside County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Orange County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Bernardino County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Diego County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Visit our Community Index for California

About Riverside County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hemet:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hemet. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7476, Longitude: -116.9717     [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 Hemet, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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