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Our Genealogy Helper for San Rafael ...

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 Rafael (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 Rafael. 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 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.

San Rafael is located in Marin 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.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marin County: Contra Costa, San Francisco & Sonoma.

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

  • Marin County     (The home county of San Rafael)
    • Cerro [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cerro
      • Cerro [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cerro
    • Santa Venetia [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Venetia
      • Santa Venetia [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santa Venetia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Venetia
    • Green Brae [Marin County]
    • Ross [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ross
      • Ross [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,479 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ross
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ross<3>
    • San Anselmo [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Anselmo
      • San Anselmo [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,513 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Anselmo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Anselmo<3>
    • Terra Linda [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terra Linda
      • Terra Linda [Marin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Terra Linda
    • Larkspur [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Larkspur
      • Larkspur [Marin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,236 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Larkspur
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Larkspur<3>
    • Kentfield [Marin County]
    • Corte Madera [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corte Madera
      • Corte Madera [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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>
    • San Quentin [Marin County]
    • Fairfax [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfax
      • Fairfax [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,561 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfax
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfax<3>
    • Mill Valley [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Valley
      • Mill Valley [Marin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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>
  • Alameda County
    • Albany [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Albany
      • Albany [Alameda County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,031 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Albany
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Albany<3>
    • University Village [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University Village
      • University Village [Alameda County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Berkeley [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berkeley
      • Berkeley [Alameda County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 122,726 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berkeley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Berkeley<3>
    • Normandy Village [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Normandy Village
      • Normandy Village [Alameda County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Normandy Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Normandy Village
    • Campbell Village [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Campbell Village
      • Campbell Village [Alameda County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Emeryville [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emeryville
      • Emeryville [Alameda County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,875 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emeryville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emeryville<3>
    • Rochedale Village [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rochedale Village
      • Rochedale Village [Alameda County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rochedale Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rochedale Village
    • South Berkeley [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Berkeley
      • South Berkeley [Alameda County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Former name for South Berkeley:
      • Lorin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Berkeley
    • West Oakland [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Oakland
      • West Oakland [Alameda County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Oakland
    • Oakland [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakland
      • Oakland [Alameda County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 424,891 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakland<3>
    • Brooklyn [Alameda County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brooklyn
      • Brooklyn [Alameda County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Piedmont [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piedmont
      • Piedmont [Alameda County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,335 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piedmont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Piedmont<3>
  • Contra Costa County
    • Atchison Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atchison Village
      • Atchison Village [Contra Costa County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Point Richmond [Contra Costa County]
    • Nystrom Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nystrom Village
      • Nystrom Village [Contra Costa County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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
    • San Pablo [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Pablo
      • San Pablo [Contra Costa County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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>
    • Easter Hill Village [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Easter Hill Village
      • Easter Hill Village [Contra Costa County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Richmond [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
      • Richmond [Contra Costa County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,038 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richmond<3>
    • Rollingwood [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rollingwood
      • Rollingwood [Contra Costa County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Bayview [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayview
      • Bayview [Contra Costa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bayview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bayview
    • East Richmond Heights [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Richmond Heights
      • East Richmond Heights [Contra Costa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Tara Hills [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tara Hills
      • Tara Hills [Contra Costa County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tara Hills
    • El Cerrito [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Cerrito
      • El Cerrito [Contra Costa County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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>
    • El Sobrante [Contra Costa County]
  • Napa County
    • Merazo [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merazo
      • Merazo [Napa County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merazo
    • American Canyon [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for American Canyon
      • American Canyon [Napa County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • 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 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lombard
    • Middleton [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middleton
      • Middleton [Napa County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middleton
    • Suscol [Napa County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Suscol
      • Suscol [Napa County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Suscol have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Suscol has also been known as:
      • Soscol
      • Susqual
    • Napa [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Napa
      • Napa [Napa County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 77,032 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Napa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Napa<3>
    • Yountville [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yountville
      • Yountville [Napa County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,970 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yountville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yountville<3>
    • Oakville [Napa County]
    • Rutherford [Napa County]
    • Saint Helena [Napa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Helena
      • Saint Helena [Napa County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • 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<3>
    • Deer Park [Napa County]
  • San Francisco County
    • Chinatown [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chinatown
      • Chinatown [San Francisco County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chinatown
    • Sydney Town [San Francisco County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sydney Town
      • Sydney Town [San Francisco County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • 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.
    • Amanico Ergina Village [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amanico Ergina Village
      • Amanico Ergina Village [San Francisco County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Friendship Village [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Friendship Village
      • Friendship Village [San Francisco County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Doelger City [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Doelger City
      • Doelger City [San Francisco County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Golden Gate Heights [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golden Gate Heights
      • Golden Gate Heights [San Francisco County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golden Gate Heights
    • San Francisco [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Francisco
      • San Francisco [San Francisco County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • 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<3>
    • Stonestown [San Francisco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stonestown
      • Stonestown [San Francisco County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stonestown
  • San Mateo County
    • Broadmoor Village [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Broadmoor Village
      • Broadmoor Village [San Mateo County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westlake
    • Colma [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colma
      • Colma [San Mateo County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,689 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colma<3>
    • Brisbane [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brisbane
      • Brisbane [San Mateo County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,576 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brisbane
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brisbane<3>
    • South San Francisco [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South San Francisco
      • South San Francisco [San Mateo County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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>
    • Fairway Park [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairway Park
      • Fairway Park [San Mateo County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairway Park
    • Pacifica [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pacifica
      • Pacifica [San Mateo County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,013 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pacifica
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pacifica<3>
    • San Bruno [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Bruno
      • San Bruno [San Mateo County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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>
    • Millbrae [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millbrae
      • Millbrae [San Mateo County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 29,557 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burlingame
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burlingame<3>
  • Solano County
    • Guadalcanal Village [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guadalcanal Village
      • Guadalcanal Village [Solano County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Mare Island [Solano County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mare Island
      • Mare Island [Solano County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • 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 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • 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 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael
      • 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 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • 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>
    • Fairfield [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfield
      • Fairfield [Solano County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 117,580 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfield<3>
    • Birds Landing [Solano County]
    • Vacaville [Solano County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vacaville
      • Vacaville [Solano County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 101,332 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vacaville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vacaville<3>
  • Sonoma County
    • Petaluma [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Petaluma
      • Petaluma [Sonoma County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,632 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Petaluma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Petaluma<3>
    • Temelec [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Temelec
      • Temelec [Sonoma County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Temelec have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Temelec
    • Vineburg [Sonoma County]
    • El Verano [Sonoma County]
    • Sonoma [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sonoma
      • Sonoma [Sonoma County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,973 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sonoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sonoma<3>
    • Boyes Hot Springs [Sonoma County]
    • Penngrove [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 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente
    • Eldridge [Sonoma County]
    • Stony Point [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stony Point
      • Stony Point [Sonoma County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stony Point
    • Cotati [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cotati
      • Cotati [Sonoma County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,453 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cotati
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cotati<3>
    • Glen Ellen [Sonoma County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of San Rafael ...

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 131 newspapers that have been published in the area around San Rafael.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of San Rafael. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of San Rafael and those printed in the larger area surrounding San Rafael.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km] of San Rafael.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 San Rafael:

  • 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 Rafael ...

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

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

  • Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery
  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery
  • Fernwood Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fernwood Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fernwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Fernwood Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fernwood Cemetery
  • St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
    • St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael.
    • St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Holy Angels / St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
    • Holy Angels Cemetery
    • St. Joseph Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #8327<5>
  • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Valley Memorial Park lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Memorial Park
  • Rolling Hills Memorial Park
  • Continue List ...
    • Taylors Grave Site
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Taylors Grave Site
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Taylors Grave Site have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Taylors Grave Site lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of San Rafael.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taylors Grave Site
    • San Francisco National Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the San Francisco National Cemetery
      • The San Francisco National Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located in San Francisco.To be precise, San Francisco National Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael.
      • San Francisco National Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Post Cemetery
      • Presidio Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Francisco National Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #8344<5>
    • Sunset View Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sunset View Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sunset View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Sunset View Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of San Rafael.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset View Cemetery
    • 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.
      • Yerba Buena Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yerba Buena Cemetery
    • Olema Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Olema Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Olema Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Olema Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of San Rafael.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olema Cemetery
    • Water Front Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Water Front Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Water Front Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Water Front Memorial Park lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Water Front Memorial Park
    • Sunrise Memorial Cemetery
    • Hillside Cemetery
    • Old Hillside Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Old Hillside Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Old Hillside Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Old Hillside Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of San Rafael.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Hillside 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 Rafael had a population of 3,290 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, San Rafael had a population of 58,528 people.

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

  • San Rafael [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Rafael
    • San Rafael [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,290 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,528 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, San Rafael had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Rafael
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Rafael<3>
  • Ross [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ross
    • Ross [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of San Rafael
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,479 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ross had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ross
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ross<3>
  • Green Brae [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Brae
    • Green Brae [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of San Rafael
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Green Brae had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Brae
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green Brae<3>
  • San Anselmo [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Anselmo
    • San Anselmo [Marin County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of San Rafael
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,513 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, San Anselmo had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Anselmo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Anselmo<3>
  • Larkspur [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Larkspur
    • Larkspur [Marin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,236 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Larkspur had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Larkspur
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Larkspur<3>
  • Corte Madera [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Corte Madera
    • Corte Madera [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,833 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Corte Madera had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Corte Madera
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Corte Madera<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • San Quentin [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Quentin
      • San Quentin [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 77 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, San Quentin had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Quentin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Quentin<3>
    • Fairfax [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfax
      • Fairfax [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,561 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Fairfax had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfax
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfax<3>
    • Mill Valley [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Valley
      • Mill Valley [Marin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,323 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mill Valley had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mill Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mill Valley<3>
    • Alto [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alto
      • Alto [Marin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Manzanita [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manzanita
      • Manzanita [Marin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Manzanita had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manzanita
    • Hilarita [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hilarita
      • Hilarita [Marin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • 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
    • Ignacio [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ignacio
      • Ignacio [Marin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ignacio had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ignacio have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ignacio
    • Tiburon [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tiburon
      • Tiburon [Marin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • 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>
    • Sausalito [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sausalito
      • Sausalito [Marin County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • 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>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for San Rafael ...

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

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

Map of the Lincoln Highway (1924)

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within California

About Marin County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for San Rafael: www.cityofsanrafael.org/

The official website for Marin County: www.co.marin.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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- San Rafael) 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 Rafael. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from San RafaelOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in San Rafael. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9732, Longitude: -122.5282    
<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 Rafael, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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