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Our Genealogy Helper for San Francisco ...

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 San Francisco (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 San Francisco. 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.

A Few Details for San Francisco ...

While it's still very early in our research, we have found that:

  • San Francisco was established in 1776.
  • It was incorporated on February 28, 1850.

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.

San Francisco is located in San Francisco County and is the County Seat.

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

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

  • San Francisco County     (The home county of San Francisco)
    • Friendship Village [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Friendship Village
      • Friendship Village [San Francisco County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Friendship Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Friendship Village
    • Chinatown [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chinatown
      • Chinatown [San Francisco County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chinatown
    • Amanico Ergina Village [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amanico Ergina Village
      • Amanico Ergina Village [San Francisco County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amanico Ergina Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amanico Ergina Village
    • Sydney Town [San Francisco County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sydney Town
      • Sydney Town [San Francisco County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sydney Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Golden Gate Heights [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golden Gate Heights
      • Golden Gate Heights [San Francisco County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golden Gate Heights
    • Doelger City [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Doelger City
      • Doelger City [San Francisco County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Doelger City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Doelger City
    • Stonestown [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stonestown
      • Stonestown [San Francisco County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stonestown
  • Alameda County
    • Campbell Village [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Campbell Village
      • Campbell Village [Alameda County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Campbell Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Campbell Village
    • Oakland [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakland
      • Oakland [Alameda County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 424,891 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakland<3>
    • West Oakland [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Oakland
      • West Oakland [Alameda County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Oakland
    • Emeryville [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emeryville
      • Emeryville [Alameda County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,875 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emeryville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emeryville<3>
    • Alameda [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alameda
      • Alameda [Alameda County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 78,841 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alameda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alameda<3>
    • Brooklyn [Alameda County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brooklyn
      • Brooklyn [Alameda County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brooklyn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former names for Brooklyn:
      • Antonio
      • Clinton
    • South Berkeley [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Berkeley
      • South Berkeley [Alameda County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Former name for South Berkeley:
      • Lorin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Berkeley
    • Albany [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Albany
      • Albany [Alameda County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,031 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Albany
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Albany<3>
    • Berkeley [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berkeley
      • Berkeley [Alameda County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 122,726 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berkeley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Berkeley<3>
    • University Village [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University Village
      • University Village [Alameda County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for University Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on University Village
    • Allendale [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allendale
      • Allendale [Alameda County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allendale
    • East Oakland [Alameda County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Oakland
      • East Oakland [Alameda County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for East Oakland. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Fruitvale [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fruitvale
      • Fruitvale [Alameda County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • Former names for Fruitvale:
      • Brays
      • Fruit Vale
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fruitvale
  • Contra Costa County
    • Point Richmond [Contra Costa County]
    • Atchison Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atchison Village
      • Atchison Village [Contra Costa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Atchison Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Atchison Village
    • Easter Hill Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Easter Hill Village
      • Easter Hill Village [Contra Costa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Easter Hill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Easter Hill Village
    • Nystrom Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nystrom Village
      • Nystrom Village [Contra Costa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nystrom Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nystrom Village
    • El Cerrito [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Cerrito
      • El Cerrito [Contra Costa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,403 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on El Cerrito
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for El Cerrito<3>
    • Richmond [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
      • Richmond [Contra Costa County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,038 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richmond<3>
    • Kensington [Contra Costa County]
    • San Pablo [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Pablo
      • San Pablo [Contra Costa County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • 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<3>
    • East Richmond Heights [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Richmond Heights
      • East Richmond Heights [Contra Costa County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Richmond Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Richmond Heights
    • Rollingwood [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rollingwood
      • Rollingwood [Contra Costa County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rollingwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rollingwood
    • Orinda Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orinda Village
      • Orinda Village [Contra Costa County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orinda Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orinda Village
    • El Sobrante [Contra Costa County]
    • Orinda [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orinda
      • Orinda [Contra Costa County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,557 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orinda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Orinda<3>
  • Marin County
    • Fort McDowell [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort McDowell
      • Fort McDowell [Marin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort McDowell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort McDowell
    • Sausalito [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sausalito
      • Sausalito [Marin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,094 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sausalito
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sausalito<3>
    • Belvedere [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belvedere
      • Belvedere [Marin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,099 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belvedere
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belvedere<3>
    • Tiburon [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tiburon
      • Tiburon [Marin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,086 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tiburon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tiburon<3>
    • Marin City [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marin City
      • Marin City [Marin County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marin City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marin City
    • Bel Aire [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bel Aire
      • Bel Aire [Marin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bel Aire
    • Manzanita [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manzanita
      • Manzanita [Marin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manzanita
    • Strawberry [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry
      • Strawberry [Marin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strawberry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strawberry
    • Paradise Cay [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise Cay
      • Paradise Cay [Marin County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise Cay
    • Muir Beach [Marin County]
    • Tamalpais-Homestead Valley [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tamalpais-Homestead Valley
      • Tamalpais-Homestead Valley [Marin County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tamalpais-Homestead Valley
    • Mill Valley [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Valley
      • Mill Valley [Marin County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,323 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mill Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mill Valley<3>
    • Corte Madera [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corte Madera
      • Corte Madera [Marin County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,833 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Corte Madera
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Corte Madera<3>
  • Napa County
    • American Canyon [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for American Canyon
      • American Canyon [Napa County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Estimated population in 2015: 20,554 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on American Canyon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for American Canyon<3>
    • Lombard [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lombard
      • Lombard [Napa County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lombard
    • Merazo [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merazo
      • Merazo [Napa County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merazo
    • Napa [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Napa
      • Napa [Napa County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 77,032 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Napa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Napa<3>
  • San Mateo County
    • Brisbane [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brisbane
      • Brisbane [San Mateo County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,576 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brisbane
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brisbane<3>
    • Colma [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colma
      • Colma [San Mateo County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,689 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colma<3>
    • Broadmoor Village [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Broadmoor Village
      • Broadmoor Village [San Mateo County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Broadmoor Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broadmoor Village
    • Broadmoor [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Broadmoor
      • Broadmoor [San Mateo County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Broadmoor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broadmoor
    • Daly City [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daly City
      • Daly City [San Mateo County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of San Francisco
      • 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<3>
    • Westlake [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westlake
      • Westlake [San Mateo County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westlake
    • South San Francisco [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South San Francisco
      • South San Francisco [San Mateo County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 66,558 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South San Francisco
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for South San Francisco<3>
    • San Bruno [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Bruno
      • San Bruno [San Mateo County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,051 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Bruno
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Bruno<3>
    • Fairway Park [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairway Park
      • Fairway Park [San Mateo County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairway Park
    • Pacifica [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pacifica
      • Pacifica [San Mateo County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,013 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pacifica
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pacifica<3>
    • Millbrae [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millbrae
      • Millbrae [San Mateo County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,630 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Millbrae
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Millbrae<3>
    • Burlingame [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burlingame
      • Burlingame [San Mateo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 29,557 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burlingame
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burlingame<3>
    • Hillsborough [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsborough
      • Hillsborough [San Mateo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,527 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsborough
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hillsborough<3>
  • Santa Clara County
    • Palo Alto [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palo Alto
      • Palo Alto [Santa Clara County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 67,008 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palo Alto
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Palo Alto<3>
    • Stanford [Santa Clara County]
    • Escondido Village [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Escondido Village
      • Escondido Village [Santa Clara County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Escondido Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Escondido Village
    • Ventura [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ventura
      • Ventura [Santa Clara County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ventura
    • Castro City [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castro City
      • Castro City [Santa Clara County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Castro City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castro City
    • Los Altos Hills [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Los Altos Hills
      • Los Altos Hills [Santa Clara County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,400 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Los Altos Hills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Los Altos Hills<3>
    • Los Altos [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Los Altos
      • Los Altos [Santa Clara County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,281 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Los Altos
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Los Altos<3>
    • Mountain View [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain View
      • Mountain View [Santa Clara County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,030 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain View<3>
    • Alviso [Santa Clara County]
    • Sunnyvale [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnyvale
      • Sunnyvale [Santa Clara County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 151,746 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnyvale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sunnyvale<3>
    • Cupertino [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cupertino
      • Cupertino [Santa Clara County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,598 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cupertino
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cupertino<3>
    • Milpitas [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milpitas
      • Milpitas [Santa Clara County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 75,867 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milpitas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milpitas<3>
    • Santa Clara [Santa Clara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Clara
      • Santa Clara [Santa Clara County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 131,055 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Clara
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Santa Clara<3>
  • Solano County
    • Mare Island [Solano County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mare Island
      • Mare Island [Solano County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • 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>
    • Guadalcanal Village [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guadalcanal Village
      • Guadalcanal Village [Solano County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Guadalcanal Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guadalcanal Village
    • Vallejo [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vallejo
      • Vallejo [Solano County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 120,747 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vallejo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vallejo<3>
    • Benicia [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benicia
      • Benicia [Solano County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,988 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benicia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Benicia<3>
    • Suisun City [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Suisun City
      • Suisun City [Solano County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • 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<3>
    • Birds Landing [Solano County]
    • Fairfield [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfield
      • Fairfield [Solano County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 117,580 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfield<3>
  • Sonoma County
    • Petaluma [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Petaluma
      • Petaluma [Sonoma County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,632 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Petaluma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Petaluma<3>
    • Vineburg [Sonoma County]
    • Sonoma [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonoma
      • Sonoma [Sonoma County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,973 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sonoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sonoma<3>
    • El Verano [Sonoma County]
    • Boyes Hot Springs [Sonoma County]
    • Penngrove [Sonoma County]
    • Eldridge [Sonoma County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of San Francisco ...

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 1,154 newspapers that have been published in the area around San Francisco.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of San Francisco. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of San Francisco and those printed in the larger area surrounding San Francisco.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 12 miles [19.3 km] of San Francisco.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 San Francisco:

  • 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 San Francisco ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of San Francisco.

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

  • Yerba Buena Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Yerba Buena Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Yerba Buena Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yerba Buena Cemetery
  • San Francisco National Cemetery
  • Woodlawn Memorial Park
  • Greenlawn Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Greenlawn Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Greenlawn Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Greenlawn Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenlawn Cemetery
  • Italian Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Italian Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Italian Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Italian Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Italian Cemetery
  • Japanese Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Japanese Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Japanese Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Japanese Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Japanese Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Olivet Memorial Park
    • Salem Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Salem Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Salem Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Salem Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem Cemetery
    • Home of Peace Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Home of Peace Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Home of Peace Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Home of Peace Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Home of Peace Cemetery
    • Hills of Eternity Memorial Park
    • Serbian Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Serbian Cemetery
      • The Serbian Cemetery is a large cemetery that is located in Colma.To be more precise, Serbian Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Serbian Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #8362<5>
    • Golden Hill Memorial Park
    • Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
      • The Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located in Colma.More precisely, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
      • Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #8038<5>
    • Hoy Sun Memorial Cemetery
    • Chinese Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chinese Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Chinese Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Chinese Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chinese 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.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that San Francisco had a population of 298,997 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, San Francisco had a population of 866,606 people.

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

  • San Francisco [San Francisco County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Francisco
    • San Francisco [San Francisco County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of San Francisco
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 298,997 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 866,606 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, San Francisco had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Francisco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Francisco<3>
  • Sausalito [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sausalito
    • Sausalito [Marin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,334 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,094 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sausalito had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sausalito
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sausalito<3>
  • Tiburon [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tiburon
    • Tiburon [Marin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 207 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,086 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Tiburon had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tiburon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tiburon<3>
  • Baden [San Mateo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baden
    • Baden [San Mateo County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Baden had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baden
  • Hilarita [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hilarita
    • Hilarita [Marin County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of San Francisco
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hilarita had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hilarita have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilarita
  • Oakland [Alameda County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakland
    • Oakland [Alameda County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 48,682 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 424,891 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Oakland had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakland<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • West Oakland [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Oakland
      • West Oakland [Alameda County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, West Oakland had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Oakland
    • Emeryville [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emeryville
      • Emeryville [Alameda County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 228 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,875 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Emeryville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emeryville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emeryville<3>
    • San Bruno [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Bruno
      • San Bruno [San Mateo County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of San Francisco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,051 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, San Bruno had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Bruno
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Bruno<3>
    • Alameda [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alameda
      • Alameda [Alameda County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 11,165 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 78,841 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Alameda had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alameda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alameda<3>
    • Brooklyn [Alameda County] - Historic
      • While Brooklyn was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brooklyn
      • Brooklyn [Alameda County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of San Francisco
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Brooklyn had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brooklyn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former names for Brooklyn:
      • Antonio
      • Clinton
    • West Berkeley [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Berkeley
      • West Berkeley [Alameda County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,278 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, West Berkeley had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Berkeley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Berkeley
    • Manzanita [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manzanita
      • Manzanita [Marin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Manzanita had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manzanita
    • Berkeley [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berkeley
      • Berkeley [Alameda County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of San Francisco
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 5,101 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 122,726 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Berkeley had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berkeley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Berkeley<3>
    • Alto [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alto
      • Alto [Marin County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of San Francisco
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Alto had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alto have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alto

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for San Francisco ...

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

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 San Francisco:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Map of the Lincoln Highway (1915-1916)

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 San Francisco in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for San Francisco for more information.

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

Railroad Mentions of San Francisco:

San Francisco was mentioned in a Union Pacific Time Table from 1924.

Also mentioned in a Union Pacific Time Table from 1939.

And mentioned in a Union Pacific Time Table from 1950.

The following mentioned San Francisco as a scheduled stop:

City of San Francisco: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct City of San Francisco (train schedule from 1938, 1957). The City of San Francisco travelled between Chicago (IL) and San Francisco (CA)

California Zephyr: From the timetable for the California Zephyr (schedule from 1950). The defunct California Zephyr travelled between Chicago (IL) and San Francisco (CA)

Gold Coast Limited: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct Gold Coast Limited (schedule from 1951). The Gold Coast Limited travelled between Chicago (IL) and San Francisco (CA)

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in California

About San Francisco County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for San Francisco: www.ci.sf.ca.us/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- San Francisco) 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 San Francisco. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from San FranciscoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in San Francisco. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7719, Longitude: -122.4235    
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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>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: findagrave.com.
<6>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 San Francisco, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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