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Our Genealogy Helper for Petaluma ...

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 Petaluma (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Petaluma. 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.

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 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.

Petaluma is located in Sonoma County.

To see how the shape of California's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sonoma County: Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa & Solano.

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

  • Sonoma County     (The home county of Petaluma)
    • Penngrove [Sonoma County]
    • Cotati [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cotati
      • Cotati [Sonoma County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,453 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cotati
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cotati<2>
    • Rohnert Park [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rohnert Park
      • Rohnert Park [Sonoma County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 42,975 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rohnert Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rohnert Park<2>
    • Stony Point [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stony Point
      • Stony Point [Sonoma County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stony Point
    • Temelec [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Temelec
      • Temelec [Sonoma County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Temelec have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Temelec
    • El Verano [Sonoma County]
    • Boyes Hot Springs [Sonoma County]
    • Eldridge [Sonoma County]
    • Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente
      • Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente [Sonoma County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente
    • Sonoma [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonoma
      • Sonoma [Sonoma County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,973 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sonoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sonoma<2>
    • Vineburg [Sonoma County]
    • Glen Ellen [Sonoma County]
    • Bellevue [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellevue
      • Bellevue [Sonoma County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellevue
  • Alameda County
    • Albany [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Albany
      • Albany [Alameda County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,031 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Albany
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Albany<2>
    • University Village [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University Village
      • University Village [Alameda County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for University Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on University Village
    • Berkeley [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berkeley
      • Berkeley [Alameda County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 122,726 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berkeley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Berkeley<2>
    • Emeryville [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emeryville
      • Emeryville [Alameda County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,875 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emeryville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emeryville<2>
    • Oakland [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakland
      • Oakland [Alameda County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 424,891 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakland<2>
    • Piedmont [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piedmont
      • Piedmont [Alameda County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,335 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piedmont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Piedmont<2>
    • Canyon [Alameda County]
    • Alameda [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alameda
      • Alameda [Alameda County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 78,841 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alameda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alameda<2>
  • Contra Costa County
    • Bayview [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayview
      • Bayview [Contra Costa County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bayview have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bayview
    • Gateley [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gateley
      • Gateley [Contra Costa County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gateley
    • Hercules [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hercules
      • Hercules [Contra Costa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,221 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hercules
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hercules<2>
    • Pinole [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinole
      • Pinole [Contra Costa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,207 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinole
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pinole<2>
    • Rodeo [Contra Costa County]
    • San Pablo [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Pablo
      • San Pablo [Contra Costa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,779 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Pablo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Pablo<2>
    • Tara Hills [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tara Hills
      • Tara Hills [Contra Costa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tara Hills
    • Tormey [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tormey
      • Tormey [Contra Costa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tormey have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tormey
    • Atchison Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atchison Village
      • Atchison Village [Contra Costa County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Atchison Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Atchison Village
    • El Sobrante [Contra Costa County]
    • Point Richmond [Contra Costa County]
    • Richmond [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
      • Richmond [Contra Costa County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,038 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richmond<2>
    • Rollingwood [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rollingwood
      • Rollingwood [Contra Costa County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rollingwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rollingwood
  • Lake County
  • Marin County
    • Novato [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Novato
      • Novato [Marin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,351 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Novato
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Novato<2>
    • Old Town [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Town
      • Old Town [Marin County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Town
    • Black Point-Green Point [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Point-Green Point
      • Black Point-Green Point [Marin County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Point-Green Point
    • Nicasio [Marin County]
    • Rafael Village [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rafael Village
      • Rafael Village [Marin County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rafael Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rafael Village
    • Millerton [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millerton
      • Millerton [Marin County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Millerton
    • Point Reyes Station [Marin County]
    • Tocaloma [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tocaloma
      • Tocaloma [Marin County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tocaloma have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tocaloma
    • Marshall [Marin County]
    • Tomales [Marin County]
    • Forest Knolls [Marin County]
    • Inverness [Marin County]
    • Hamlet [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamlet
      • Hamlet [Marin County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hamlet have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamlet
  • Napa County
    • Merazo [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merazo
      • Merazo [Napa County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merazo
    • Oakville [Napa County]
    • Yountville [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yountville
      • Yountville [Napa County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,970 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yountville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yountville<2>
    • Napa [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Napa
      • Napa [Napa County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 77,032 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Napa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Napa<2>
    • Suscol [Napa County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Suscol
      • Suscol [Napa County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Suscol have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Suscol has also been known as:
      • Soscol
      • Susqual
    • Rutherford [Napa County]
    • American Canyon [Napa County]
    • Lombard [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lombard
      • Lombard [Napa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lombard
    • Middleton [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middleton
      • Middleton [Napa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middleton
    • Saint Helena [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Helena
      • Saint Helena [Napa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,960 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Helena
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Helena<2>
    • Deer Park [Napa County]
    • Calistoga [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Calistoga
      • Calistoga [Napa County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,286 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calistoga
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Calistoga<2>
    • Woodleaf [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodleaf
      • Woodleaf [Napa County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodleaf have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodleaf
  • San Francisco County
    • San Francisco [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Francisco
      • San Francisco [San Francisco County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 866,606 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Francisco
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Francisco<2>
  • San Mateo County
    • Colma [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colma
      • Colma [San Mateo County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,689 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colma<2>
    • Daly City [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daly City
      • Daly City [San Mateo County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 105,868 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Daly City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Daly City<2>
    • Brisbane [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brisbane
      • Brisbane [San Mateo County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,576 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brisbane
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brisbane<2>
  • Solano County
    • Guadalcanal Village [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guadalcanal Village
      • Guadalcanal Village [Solano County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Guadalcanal Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guadalcanal Village
    • Mare Island [Solano County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mare Island
      • Mare Island [Solano County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Mare Island. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Vallejo [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vallejo
      • Vallejo [Solano County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 120,747 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vallejo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vallejo<2>
    • Mankas Corner [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mankas Corner
      • Mankas Corner [Solano County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mankas Corner
    • Benicia [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benicia
      • Benicia [Solano County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,988 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benicia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Benicia<2>
    • Fairfield [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfield
      • Fairfield [Solano County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 117,580 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfield<2>
    • Suisun City [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Suisun City
      • Suisun City [Solano County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 29,305 people
      • Suisun City has also been known as:
      • Suisun
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Suisun City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Suisun City<2>
    • Vacaville [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vacaville
      • Vacaville [Solano County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 101,332 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vacaville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vacaville<2>
    • Elmira [Solano County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Petaluma ...

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 77 newspapers that have been published in the area around Petaluma.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Petaluma. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Petaluma and those printed in the larger area surrounding Petaluma.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km] of Petaluma.

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 and 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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Petaluma:

  • 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.
    • Stories from California

Cemeteries Near Petaluma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Petaluma.

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

  • Petaluma Calvary Cemetery
  • B'nai Israel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the B'nai Israel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the B'nai Israel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on B'nai Israel Cemetery
  • Cypress Hill Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cypress Hill Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cypress Hill Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cypress Hill Memorial Park
  • Liberty Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Liberty Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Liberty Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty Cemetery
  • Two Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Two Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Two Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Two Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Petaluma.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Two Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery
  • Valley Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Valley Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Valley Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Valley Memorial Park lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Memorial Park
  • Continue List ...
    • Eldridge Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Eldridge Cemetery
      • The Eldridge Cemetery is located outside and to the west of Eldridge.Stated another way, Eldridge Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eldridge Cemetery
    • Thompson Family Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Thompson Family Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Thompson Family Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Thompson Family Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson Family Cemetery
    • Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Valley Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Cemetery
    • St. Francis Solano Catholic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Francis Solano Catholic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Francis Solano Catholic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • St. Francis Solano Catholic Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Francis Solano Catholic Cemetery
    • Mountain Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mountain Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mountain Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Cemetery
    • Macedonia Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Macedonia Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Macedonia Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Macedonia Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Macedonia Cemetery
    • Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery
    • Canfield Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Canfield Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Canfield Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Canfield Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canfield Cemetery
    • Bennett Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bennett Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bennett Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Bennett Valley Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Petaluma.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bennett Valley Cemetery

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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Petaluma had a population of 3,692 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Petaluma had a population of 60,632 people.

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

  • Petaluma [Sonoma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Petaluma
    • Petaluma [Sonoma County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,692 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,632 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Petaluma had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Petaluma
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Petaluma<2>
  • Ely [Sonoma County] - Historic
    • While Ely was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ely
    • Ely [Sonoma County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ely had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ely have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Penngrove [Sonoma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Penngrove
    • Penngrove [Sonoma County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Petaluma
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Penngrove had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Penngrove
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Penngrove<2>
  • Lakeville [Sonoma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeville
    • Lakeville [Sonoma County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 61 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lakeville had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakeville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakeville
  • Donahue [Sonoma County] - Historic
    • While Donahue was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donahue
    • Donahue [Sonoma County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Donahue had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Donahue have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Cotati [Sonoma County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cotati
    • Cotati [Sonoma County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,453 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cotati had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cotati
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cotati<2>
  • Continue List ...
    • Stony Point [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stony Point
      • Stony Point [Sonoma County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Petaluma
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 54 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Stony Point had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stony Point
    • Novato [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Novato
      • Novato [Marin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,351 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Novato had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Novato
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Novato<2>
    • Madrone [Sonoma County] - Historic
      • While Madrone was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madrone
      • Madrone [Sonoma County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Madrone had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Madrone have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Schellville [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Schellville
      • Schellville [Sonoma County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Schellville had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Schellville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Schellville
    • Sonoma [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonoma
      • Sonoma [Sonoma County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Petaluma
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 757 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,973 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Sonoma had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sonoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sonoma<2>
    • Yulupa [Sonoma County] - Historic
      • While Yulupa was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yulupa
      • Yulupa [Sonoma County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Yulupa had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yulupa have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Glen Ellen [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Ellen
      • Glen Ellen [Sonoma County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Petaluma
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,500 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Glen Ellen had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Ellen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glen Ellen<2>
    • Black Point [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Point
      • Black Point [Marin County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 31 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Black Point had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Point
    • Sears Point [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sears Point
      • Sears Point [Sonoma County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Petaluma
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sears Point had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sears Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sears Point

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Petaluma. See our List of 1890's Communities around Petaluma.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Petaluma ...

While our initial data about Petaluma came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Petaluma 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 Petaluma.

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Petaluma:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - California & Nevada
Written by: Walker, Mike
Published by Steam Powered Video (SPV), 2002
(Available from Amazon.com)

Shell Oil Road Map for California (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found Petaluma in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Petaluma for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Petaluma. See our Misc Page for Petaluma for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Petaluma: www.cityofpetaluma.net/

The official website for Sonoma County: www.sonoma-county.org/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Petaluma) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Petaluma. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PetalumaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Petaluma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2380, Longitude: -122.6361    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>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 Petaluma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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