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Northspur, California

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Our Genealogical Helper for Northspur ...

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 Northspur (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 Northspur. 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 Northspur ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Northspur.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Northspur, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Northspur.

Cemeteries Near Northspur ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Northspur.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Willits Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  ESE Little Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  WNW Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SW Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  N Laytonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  S Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pinoleville Rancheria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  SE Ukiah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Potter Valley 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.<2>

While we didn't find Northspur in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Northspur.

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

Willits   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 815 people (with 4,872 people in 2016)
 - Willits had a post office and no railroad service
Comptche   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Comptche had a post office and no railroad service
Inglenook   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Inglenook had a post office and no railroad service
Cleone   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 196 people
 - Cleone had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Bragg   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 945 people (with 7,287 people in 2016)
 - Fort Bragg had a post office and no railroad service
Noyo   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Noyo had a post office and no railroad service
Caspar   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - Caspar had a post office and no railroad service
Mendocino   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Northspur
 - 1895 population of 806 people
 - Mendocino 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 Northspur. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Northspur 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.

Northspur is located in Mendocino County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mendocino County: Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Sonoma, Tehama & Trinity.

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

Mendocino     (The home county for Northspur)
      Shake City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Willits   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Comptche   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inglenook   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Bragg   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Caspar   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mendocino   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Branscomb   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orrs Springs   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albion   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Laytonville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Navarro   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Witter Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saratoga Springs   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upper Lake   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Robinson Rancheria   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Northspur:

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 Mendocino County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of California,     of Mendocino County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for California
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for California
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of California,     of Mendocino 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 Mendocino County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mendocino County: www.co.mendocino.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Northspur. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4227, Longitude: -123.5520     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Northspur have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Northspur, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Northspur.