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Our Genealogical Helper for Newport Beach ...

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 Newport Beach (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 Newport Beach. 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 Newport Beach ...

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 Newport Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Newport Beach: Newport Bch.

Newspapers Published in the area of Newport Beach ...

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 125 newspapers that have been published in the area around Newport Beach.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Newport Beach. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Newport Beach and those printed in the larger area surrounding Newport Beach.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km]<1> of Newport Beach.

Cemeteries Near Newport Beach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Newport Beach.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Pacific View Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Harbor Lawn - Mt. Olive Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Good Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW The Good Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Westminster Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNW Magnolia Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Santa Ana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairhaven Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  N Melrose Abbey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  E Ascension Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Cross 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Newport Beach had a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Newport Beach had a population of 86,160 people.

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

Bolsa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Newport Beach
 - Bolsa had a post office and no railroad service
Westminster   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Newport Beach
 - 1895 population of 238 people (with 91,564 people in 2017)
 - Westminster had a post office and railroad service
Irvine   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Newport Beach
 - Irvine had railroad service and no post office
Santa Ana   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Newport Beach
 - 1895 population of 3,628 people (with 334,136 people in 2017)
 - Santa Ana had a post office and railroad service
Garden Grove   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Newport Beach
 - 1895 population of 126 people (with 174,226 people in 2017)
 - Garden Grove had a post office and no railroad service
McPherson   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Newport Beach
 - McPherson had a post office and railroad service
Orange   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Newport Beach
 - 1895 population of 866 people (with 140,560 people in 2017)
 - Orange had a post office and railroad service
El Modena   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Newport Beach
 - El Modena 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 Newport Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Newport Beach 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 and 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.

Newport Beach is located in Orange County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Orange County: Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino & San Diego.

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

Orange     (The home county for Newport Beach)
      Costa Mesa   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Santa Ana Heights   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Balboa Island   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Corona del Mar   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Newport Coast   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      San Joaquin Hills   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Huntington Beach   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fountain Valley   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Lantern Village   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Midway City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Santa Ana   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Irvine   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Laguna Beach   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Los Angeles
      Naples   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belmont Shore   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hawaiian Gardens   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cambodia Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cerritos   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Long Beach   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Signal Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Artesia   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      La Mirada   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bellflower   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fish Harbor - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lakewood   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      East La Mirada   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Temescal   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      El Cerrito   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Porphyry - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Home Gardens   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Norco   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eastvale   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lakeland Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Elsinore   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mira Loma   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pedley   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jurupa Valley   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
San Bernardino
      Chino Hills   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Los Serranos   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chino   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Montclair   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ontario   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Racimo   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guasti   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Southridge Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alta Loma   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rancho Cucamonga   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      San Antonio Heights   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Diego
      San Onofre   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Newport Beach:

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 Orange County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Los Angeles County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Riverside County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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 Orange County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of California,     of Orange 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Newport Beach ...

While our initial data for Newport Beach came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Newport Beach in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Newport Beach.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Newport Beach:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Newport Beach in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Newport Beach for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Newport Beach.
      See our Misc Page for Newport Beach for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in California

About Orange County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Newport Beach:

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Newport Beach. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Newport Beach

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Newport Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6213, Longitude: -117.9294     [Map].

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

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