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Highland Springs, California
(Riverside County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Highland Springs ...

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 Springs (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 Springs. 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 Highland Springs ...

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 Highland Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Highland Springs: Highland Spgs. (or less commonly used: Highland Spngs. or Highland Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Highland Springs ...

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 91 newspapers that have been published in the area around Highland Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Highland Springs, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Highland Springs.

Cemeteries Near Highland Springs ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. View Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Sunnyslope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunnyslope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  S San Jacinto Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  WSW Riverside National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Perris Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Montecito Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic 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 Highland Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Highland Springs.

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

Eastbern - Historic   [Map]
 - While Eastbern was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Highland Springs
 - Eastbern had railroad service and no post office
Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Springs
 - Mentone had a post office and railroad service
Redlands   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Springs
 - 1895 population of 1,904 people (with 71,288 people in 2016)
 - Redlands had a post office and railroad service
Lugonia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lugonia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Springs
 - Lugonia had a post office and no railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Springs
 - Victoria had railroad service and no post office
Mound City - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound City was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Springs
 - Mound City had railroad service and no post office
Idyllwild   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Highland Springs
 - Idyllwild had a post office and no railroad service
San Bernardino   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Highland Springs
 - 1895 population of 4,012 people (with 216,239 people in 2016)
 - San Bernardino 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 Highland Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Highland Springs 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 hospitals 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 Springs is located in Riverside County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Riverside County: La Paz (AZ), Imperial, Orange, San Bernardino & San Diego.

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

Riverside     (The home county for Highland Springs)
      Cherry Valley   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beaumont   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Banning   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Calimesa   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cabazon   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gilman Hot Springs   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      San Jacinto   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ordway   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      East Hemet   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hemet   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valle Vista   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moreno Valley   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
San Bernardino
      Oak Glen   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Yucaipa   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Forest Falls   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mountain Home Village   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eastbern - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Angelus Oaks   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Redlands   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      University Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Plymouth Village   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lugonia - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bryn Mawr   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arrowbear Lake   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
San Diego
      Rainbow   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Highland Springs:

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 Riverside County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

San Bernardino County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Diego County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Riverside County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Highland Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9695, Longitude: -116.9422     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Highland Springs 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 Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Highland Springs.