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Our Genealogical Helper for Higgins Corner ...

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 Higgins Corner (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 Higgins Corner. 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 Higgins Corner ...

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 Higgins Corner.

  • Typical abbreviation for Higgins Corner: Higgins Cor. (or less commonly used: Higgins Crn.)
  • While the name of this community is Higgins Corner, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Higgins Corner may originally have been Higgin's Corner.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Higgins Corner might be written as Higgin Corner.

Newspapers Published in Higgins Corner ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Higgins Corner.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Higgins Corner, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Higgins Corner.

Cemeteries Near Higgins Corner ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Higgins Corner.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Lone Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Colfax Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Colfax Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S New Auburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Auburn District Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SE Spanish Dry Diggings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSW Newcastle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elm Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Patricks 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 Higgins Corner in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Higgins Corner.

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

Wolf   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Higgins Corner
 - Wolf had a post office and no railroad service
Clipper Gap   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Higgins Corner
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Clipper Gap had a post office and railroad service
Weimar   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Higgins Corner
 - Weimar had a post office and no railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Higgins Corner
 - 1895 population of 670 people (with 2,005 people in 2017)
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Higgins Corner
 - 1895 population of 1,595 people (with 13,997 people in 2017)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Chicago Park   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Higgins Corner
 - Chicago Park had a post office and railroad service
Ophir   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Higgins Corner
 - 1895 population of 149 people
 - Ophir had a post office and no railroad service
Newcastle   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Higgins Corner
 - 1895 population of 335 people
 - Newcastle 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 Higgins Corner. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Higgins Corner 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 hospitals 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.

Higgins Corner is located in Nevada County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nevada County: Placer, Sierra, Yuba & Washoe (NV).

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

Nevada     (The home county for Higgins Corner)
      Lake of the Pines   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alta Sierra   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chicago Park   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedar Ridge   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Penn Valley   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grass Valley   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      The Oaks   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rough and Ready   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gold Flat   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Newtown   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Wildwood   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nevada City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      River Pines   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plymouth   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Honcut   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oroleve   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Robinson Mill   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clipper Mills   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Forbestown   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Palermo   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Robinsons Corner   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Feather Falls   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lumpkin - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Biggs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gridley   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      South Oroville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
El Dorado
      Greenwood   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pilot Hill   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fornis   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Garden Valley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lotus   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Summit Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waterford Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Equestrian Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marina Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winterhaven Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Franciscan Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Meadow Vista   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Weimar   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Applegate   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clipper Gap   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bowman   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      North Auburn   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chicago Park - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newcastle   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Virginiatown   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Yankee Jims   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Iowa Hill   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mormon Island - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Represa   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Folsom   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Citrus Heights   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orangevale   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Antelope   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sabre City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Natoma   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Prairie City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Foothill Farms   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Highlands   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fair Oaks   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elverta   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Santa Cruz
      Live Oak   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bear Valley - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alleghany   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Forest   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brandy City - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodyears Bar   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Downieville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rio Oso   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nicolas   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nicolaus   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bogue   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Yuba City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      South Yuba City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tierra Buena   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Live Oak   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Robbins   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sutter   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knights Landing   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Broderick   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bryte   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Sacramento   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smartville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Timbuctoo - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Browns Valley   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oregon House   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ostrom - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dobbins   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dantoni   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Olivehurst   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loma Rica   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Linda   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Iowa City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alicia   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Higgins Corner:

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 Nevada County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Amador County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butte County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
El Dorado County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Placer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sacramento County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shasta County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sierra County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sutter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yolo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yuba County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Communities in California

About Nevada County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Higgins Corner. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0427, Longitude: -121.0949     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Higgins Corner 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 Higgins Corner, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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