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Our Genealogical Helper for Hills Flat ...

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 Hills Flat (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 Hills Flat. 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 Hills Flat ...

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 Hills Flat.

  • Typical abbreviation for Hills Flat: Hills Flt.
  • While the name of this community is Hills Flat, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Hills Flat may originally have been Hill's Flat.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Hills Flat might be written as Hill Flat.

Newspapers Published in Hills Flat ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hills Flat.

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

Cemeteries Near Hills Flat ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hills Flat.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Elm Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Rough & Ready Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Pioneer Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Colfax Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Colfax Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  E Dutch Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SE Iowa Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Smartville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McGanney 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 Hills Flat in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hills Flat.

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

Union Hill   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hills Flat
 - Union Hill had railroad service and no post office
Glenbrook   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Hills Flat
 - Glenbrook had railroad service and no post office
Kres   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hills Flat
 - Kres had railroad service and no post office
Nevada City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hills Flat
 - 1895 population of 2,524 people (with 3,136 people in 2017)
 - Nevada City had a post office and railroad service
Buena Vista - Historic   [Map]
 - While Buena Vista was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hills Flat
 - Buena Vista had railroad service and no post office
Rough and Ready   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Hills Flat
 - Rough and Ready had a post office and no railroad service
Chicago Park   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hills Flat
 - Chicago Park had a post office and railroad service
Sweetland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hills Flat
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Sweetland 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 Hills Flat. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hills Flat 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 and doctors 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.

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

Nevada     (The home county for Hills Flat)
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Grass Valley   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      The Oaks   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Gold Flat   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cedar Ridge   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nevada City Rancheria   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nevada City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Newtown   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rough and Ready   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alta Sierra   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Blue Tent   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chicago Park   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clipper Mills   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oroleve   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forbestown   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Robinson Mill   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Honcut   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lumpkin - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Feather Falls   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Palermo   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Robinsons Corner   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      South Oroville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oroville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
El Dorado
      Greenwood   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fornis   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pilot Hill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Garden Valley   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quintette   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lotus   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Equestrian Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summit Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waterford Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winterhaven Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chicago Park - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gold Run   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Secret Town   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dutch Flat   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alta   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weimar   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Iowa Hill   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Casa Loma   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Applegate   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meadow Vista   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Yankee Jims   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      La Porte   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Little Grass Valley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mormon Island - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Citrus Heights   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Represa   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Folsom   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orangevale   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Antelope   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sabre City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Natoma   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prairie City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elverta   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Foothill Farms   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Highlands   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Santa Cruz
      Live Oak   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bear Valley - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alleghany   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brandy City - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Forest   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodyears Bar   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Downieville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Queen City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Loganville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sierra City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Poker Flat   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Yuba City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bogue   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rio Oso   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Live Oak   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      South Yuba City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tierra Buena   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nicolas   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nicolaus   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sutter   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dobbins   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Smartville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oregon House   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Timbuctoo - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camptonville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Browns Valley   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brownsville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Challenge   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Loma Rica   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rackerby   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Strawberry Valley   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Iowa City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Hills Flat:

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:

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    
Plumas 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    
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 ...

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About Nevada County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hills Flat. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Hills Flat. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hills Flat) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hills Flat. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2241, Longitude: -121.0533     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hills Flat 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 Hills Flat, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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