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Our Genealogical Helper for Highland Park ...

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 Highland Park (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 Highland Park. 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 Highland Park ...

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 160 newspapers that have been published in the area around Highland Park.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Highland Park, 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 Highland Park.

Cemeteries Near Highland Park ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Highland Park.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Home of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW St. Mary's Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Evergreen Mausoleum   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Sunset View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE San Lorenzo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Yerba Buena Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSE Mt. Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE All Saints Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lone Tree Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakmont Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Queen of Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Queen of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W San Francisco National 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 Highland Park in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Highland Park.

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

Brooklyn - Historic   [Map]
 - While Brooklyn was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Highland Park
 - Brooklyn had a post office and no railroad service
Fruitvale   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Highland Park
 - Fruitvale had railroad service and no post office
Alameda   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Highland Park
 - 1895 population of 11,165 people (with 79,177 people in 2017)
 - Alameda had a post office and railroad service
Melrose   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Highland Park
 - Melrose had a post office and railroad service
Seminary Park   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Highland Park
 - Seminary Park had railroad service and no post office
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Park
 - 1895 population of 48,682 people (with 425,195 people in 2017)
 - Oakland had a post office and railroad service
West Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Park
 - West Oakland had a post office and railroad service
Emeryville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Highland Park
 - 1895 population of 228 people (with 11,758 people in 2017)
 - Emeryville 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 Highland Park. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Highland Park 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 doctors 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.

Highland Park is located in Alameda County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Alameda County: Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara & Stanislaus.

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

Alameda     (The home county for Highland Park)
      Laurel   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Piedmont   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Fruitvale   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Brooklyn - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Montclair   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alameda   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Oakland   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Havenscourt   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Campbell Village   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Emeryville   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Berkeley   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brookfield Village   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Contra Costa
      Moraga   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Orinda Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Orinda   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kensington   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Easter Hill Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Walnut Creek   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      East Richmond Heights   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nystrom Village   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Atchison Village   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      San Quentin   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corte Madera   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Mill Valley   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Green Brae   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      American Canyon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lombard   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Napa   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Francisco
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stonestown   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
San Joaquin
      Carnegie - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
San Mateo
      Brisbane   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South San Francisco   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Broadmoor Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Broadmoor   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Colma   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Daly City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      San Bruno   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Foster City   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burlingame   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Millbrae   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Westlake   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      San Mateo   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hillsborough   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Santa Clara
      Palo Alto   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stanford   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ventura   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Castro City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alviso   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Milpitas   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loyola   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Agnew   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Benicia   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mare Island - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vallejo   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Guadalcanal Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Birds Landing   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Suisun City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mankas Corner   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Solano City - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Travis Field   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cannon - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rio Vista   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vacaville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vineburg   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Temelec   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sonoma   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      El Verano   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Petaluma   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boyes Hot Springs   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Highland Park:

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 Alameda County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Contra Costa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Napa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Francisco County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Joaquin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Mateo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Clara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano 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 Alameda County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of California,     of Alameda 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 ...

Find a Community located in California

About Alameda County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Highland Park. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7977, Longitude: -122.2275     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Highland Park 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 Highland Park, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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