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Our Genealogical Helper for Hermosa Beach ...

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 Hermosa Beach (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 Hermosa Beach. 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 Hermosa Beach ...

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 Hermosa Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hermosa Beach: Hermosa Bch.

Newspapers Published in the area of Hermosa Beach ...

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 113 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hermosa Beach.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Hermosa Beach. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Hermosa Beach and those printed in the larger area surrounding Hermosa Beach.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Hermosa Beach.

Cemeteries Near Hermosa Beach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hermosa Beach.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Pacific Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Roosevelt Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Green Hills Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Inglewood Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Lincoln Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillside Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Wilmington Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSE Harbor View Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW Woodlawn 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 Hermosa Beach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hermosa Beach.

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

Redondo Beach   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hermosa Beach
 - 1895 population of 603 people (with 67,908 people in 2017)
 - Redondo Beach had a post office and railroad service
 
Moneta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hermosa Beach
 - Moneta had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gardena   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hermosa Beach
 - Gardena had a post office and no railroad service
 
Inglewood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hermosa Beach
 - Inglewood had railroad service and no post office
 
South Los Angeles   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hermosa Beach
 - South Los Angeles had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wilmington   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hermosa Beach
 - 1895 population of 687 people
 - Wilmington had a post office and railroad service
 
Hyde Park   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hermosa Beach
 - Hyde Park had a post office and railroad service
 
San Pedro   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hermosa Beach
 - 1895 population of 1,240 people
 - San Pedro 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 Hermosa Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hermosa Beach 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 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.

Hermosa Beach is located in Los Angeles County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Los Angeles County: Kern, Orange, San Bernardino & Ventura.

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

  DirectionDistance
Los Angeles     (The home county for Hermosa Beach)
      Manhattan Beach   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Redondo Beach   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Lawndale   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hollywood Riviera   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Torrance   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      El Segundo   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alondra Park   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Del Aire   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hawthorne   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Palos Verdes Estates   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gardena   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Lennox   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
 
Orange
      Rossmoor   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Seal Beach   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Los Alamitos   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      La Palma   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Surfside   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cypress   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sunset Beach   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barber City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Buena Park   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Lantern Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westminster   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
San Bernardino
      Chino Hills   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Los Serranos   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ventura
      Oak Park   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thousand Oaks   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenwich Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Simi Valley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newbury Park   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountclef Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Casa Conejo   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moorpark   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 - 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 Hermosa Beach:

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 Los Angeles 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    
Ventura County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of Los Angeles County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of California,     of Los Angeles 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 ...



The Communities of California

About Los Angeles County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hermosa Beach: www.hermosabch.org/

The official website for Los Angeles County: www.lacounty.info/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hermosa Beach. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hermosa Beach

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hermosa Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8622, Longitude: -118.4000     [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: findagrave.com.

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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 Hermosa Beach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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