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Our Genealogical Helper for Hewitt ...

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 Hewitt (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 Hewitt. 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 Hewitt ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hewitt.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hewitt, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hewitt.

Cemeteries Near Hewitt ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hewitt.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Valhalla Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Mt. Sinai Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Grand View Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW San Fernando Mission Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Verdugo Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Glen Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Sholom Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Eden Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Hollywood Forever Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pioneer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Los Angeles National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Westwood Memorial Park   [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 Hewitt in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hewitt.

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

Burbank   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hewitt
 - 1895 population of 183 people (with 104,834 people in 2017)
 - Burbank had a post office and railroad service
Pacoima   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hewitt
 - Pacoima had railroad service and no post office
San Fernando   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hewitt
 - 1895 population of 296 people (with 24,714 people in 2017)
 - San Fernando had a post office and railroad service
Sunland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hewitt
 - Sunland had a post office and no railroad service
West Glendale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hewitt
 - West Glendale had railroad service and no post office
Glendale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hewitt
 - Glendale had a post office and no railroad service
Verdugo City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Hewitt
 - Verdugo City had a post office and no railroad service
La Crescenta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Hewitt
 - La Crescenta had a post office and no railroad service
La Canada   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Hewitt
 - La Canada 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 Hewitt. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hewitt 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Los Angeles     (The home county for Hewitt)
      Sun Valley   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      North Hollywood   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Arleta   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Panorama City   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Studio City   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Toluca Lake   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Van Nuys   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Burbank   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pacoima   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Universal City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sherman Oaks   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lake View Terrace   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Mission Hills   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      La Habra   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      La Palma   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buena Park   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Los Alamitos   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cypress   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rossmoor   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brea   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fullerton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Seal Beach   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barber City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Anaheim   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Placentia   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
San Bernardino
      Chino Hills   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montclair   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Green Valley   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Park   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Simi Valley   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Thousand Oaks   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Piru   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greenwich Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moorpark   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mountclef Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newbury Park   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Casa Conejo   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fillmore   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sespe Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leisure Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Somis   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Hewitt:

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    
Solano 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     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for California

About Los Angeles County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Los Angeles County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hewitt. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1997, Longitude: -118.3901     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hewitt have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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