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Our Genealogical Helper for Hesperia ...

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 Hesperia (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 Hesperia. 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 Hesperia ...

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 194 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hesperia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

Cemeteries Near Hesperia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hesperia.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Desert View Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Victor Valley Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  N Oro Grande Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NE Sunset Hills Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NNW United Islamic Youth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  S Campo Santo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lucerne Valley Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  S Home of Eternity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pioneer Memorial 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Hesperia had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Hesperia had a population of 94,859 people.

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

Cajon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hesperia
 - Cajon had a post office and railroad service
Oro Grande   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Hesperia
 - Oro Grande had railroad service and no post office
Arrowhead Springs   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) from Hesperia
 - Arrowhead Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Grapeland - Historic   [Map]
 - While Grapeland was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hesperia
 - Grapeland had railroad service and no post office
San Bernardino   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the South (S) from Hesperia
 - 1895 population of 4,012 people (with 216,995 people in 2017)
 - San Bernardino had a post office and railroad service
Rialto   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the South (S) from Hesperia
 - Rialto had a post office and railroad service
Etiwanda   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hesperia
 - Etiwanda had a post office and railroad service
Colton   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South (S) from Hesperia
 - 1895 population of 1,315 people (with 54,828 people in 2017)
 - Colton had a post office and railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South (S) from Hesperia
 - Victoria had railroad service and no post office
Lugonia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lugonia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hesperia
 - Lugonia had a post office and no railroad service
Mound City - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound City was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the South (S) from Hesperia
 - Mound City had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Hesperia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hesperia 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 hospitals 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.

Hesperia is located in San Bernardino County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of San Bernardino County: La Paz (AZ), Mohave (AZ), Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside & Clark (NV).

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

San Bernardino     (The home county for Hesperia)
      The Mesa   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Oak Hills   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountain View Acres   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Victorville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Apple Valley   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Summit Terrace   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      South Adelanto   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedarpines Park   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oro Grande   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelanto   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crestline   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
Los Angeles
      Big Pines   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Baldy   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Paradise Springs   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Llano   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Rock Springs   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Falling Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valyermo   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Los Angeles   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Claremont   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wilsona Gardens   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      La Verne   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pomona   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pearblossom   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Highgrove   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ordway   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sunnyslope   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bannockburn Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen Avon   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jurupa Valley   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rubidoux   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      De Anza Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Calimesa   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mira Loma   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pedley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moreno Valley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 Hesperia:

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 San Bernardino County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

While our initial data for Hesperia came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Hesperia in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find 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 Hesperia.

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 Hesperia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
We have found Hesperia in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Hesperia for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Hesperia.
      See our Misc Page for Hesperia for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in California

About San Bernardino County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hesperia:

The official website for San Bernardino County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Hesperia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hesperia) 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 Hesperia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hesperia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hesperia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4216, Longitude: -117.3017     [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 Hesperia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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