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Our Genealogical Helper for Hemlock Ranch (aka 'Hemlock') ...

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 Hemlock Ranch (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 Hemlock Ranch. 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 Hemlock Ranch ...

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 68 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hemlock Ranch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hemlock Ranch, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hemlock Ranch.

Cemeteries Near Hemlock Ranch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hemlock Ranch.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Potter Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pinoleville Rancheria Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ukiah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Upper Lake Rancheria Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Upper Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SE Hartley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  S Hopland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  NW Little Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  SE Kelsay Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Pioneer 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Hemlock Ranch had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Calpella   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hemlock Ranch
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Calpella had a post office and no railroad service
Pomo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Hemlock Ranch
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Pomo had a post office and no railroad service
Potter Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hemlock Ranch
 - 1895 population of 219 people
 - Potter Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Talmage   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hemlock Ranch
 - Talmage had a post office and no railroad service
Ukiah   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hemlock Ranch
 - 1895 population of 1,627 people (with 16,036 people in 2017)
 - Ukiah had a post office and railroad service
Upper Lake   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hemlock Ranch
 - 1895 population of 296 people
 - Upper Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Largo   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hemlock Ranch
 - Largo had a post office and railroad service
Lakeport   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hemlock Ranch
 - 1895 population of 991 people (with 4,762 people in 2017)
 - Lakeport 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 Hemlock Ranch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hemlock Ranch 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.

Hemlock Ranch 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 Hemlock Ranch. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Hemlock Ranch:

Mendocino     (The home county for Hemlock Ranch)
      Calpella   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Potter Valley   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Redwood Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Talmage   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      The Forks   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ukiah   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Orrs Springs   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hopland   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Willits   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boonville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Philo   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hermitage - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Yorkville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Stonyford   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lodoga   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilbur Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Copper City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lone Star - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elk Creek   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Witter Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saratoga Springs   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Upper Lake   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Robinson Rancheria   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      North Lakeport   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nice   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lakeport   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lucerne   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Finley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Kelseyville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Soda Bay   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glenhaven   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pole Garden - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geyserville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Annapolis   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sea Ranch   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Hemlock Ranch:

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    
Sonoma 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Hemlock Ranch ...

With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Hemlock Ranch.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Hemlock Ranch:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in California

About Mendocino County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hemlock Ranch. 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 starting from Hemlock Ranch. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hemlock Ranch) 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 Hemlock Ranch. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hemlock Ranch

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hemlock Ranch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2141, Longitude: -123.0788     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hemlock Ranch have been estimated.

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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 Hemlock Ranch, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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