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Our Genealogical Helper for San Ramon ...

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 Ramon (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for San Ramon. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in the area of San Ramon ...

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 87 newspapers that have been published in the area around San Ramon.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of San Ramon. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of San Ramon and those printed in the larger area surrounding San Ramon.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> of San Ramon.

Cemeteries Near San Ramon ...

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

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for San Ramon covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Dublin Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Lone Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW All Saints Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW San Lorenzo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holy Sepulchre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasanton Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSW Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evergreen Mausoleum   [Map]     


       

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that San Ramon had a population of 110 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, San Ramon had a population of 75,639 people.

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

Danville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 44,631 people in 2016)
 - Danville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Alamo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Alamo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pleasanton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 984 people (with 82,270 people in 2016)
 - Pleasanton had a post office and railroad service
 
San Leandro   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 1,879 people (with 90,465 people in 2016)
 - San Leandro had a post office and railroad service
 
San Lorenzo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 198 people
 - San Lorenzo had a post office and railroad service
 
Walnut Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 447 people (with 69,122 people in 2016)
 - Walnut Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lafayette   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 79 people (with 26,103 people in 2016)
 - Lafayette had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mount Eden   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from San Ramon
 - 1895 population of 155 people
 - Mount Eden had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around San Ramon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring San Ramon in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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 Ramon is located in Contra Costa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Contra Costa County: Alameda, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin & Solano.

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

  DirectionDistance
Contra Costa     (The home county for San Ramon)
      Danville   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Diablo   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blackhawk   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Moraga   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Marsh Creek Springs   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Walnut Creek   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Waldon   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pleasant Hill   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Alameda
      San Ramon Village   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dublin   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Komandorski Village   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Castro Valley   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pleasanton   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cherryland   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hayward   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      San Lorenzo   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      San Leandro   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brookfield Village   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Marin
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      San Quentin   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corte Madera   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Green Brae   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Larkspur   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Napa
      American Canyon   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Napa   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Sacramento
      Isleton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ryde   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
San Francisco
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Friendship Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stonestown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
San Joaquin
      Carnegie - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tracy   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wainwright Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banta   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lyoth   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Terminous   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Country Club   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lathrop   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vernalis   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      French Camp   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
San Mateo
      Foster City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      East Palo Alto   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Atherton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burlingame   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      North Fair Oaks   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Redwood City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      San Carlos   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      San Mateo   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brisbane   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Menlo Park   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millbrae   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Santa Clara
      Alviso   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Milpitas   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Palo Alto   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ventura   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Agnew   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Castro City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanford   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Foothills   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Solano
      Benicia   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Birds Landing   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mare Island - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vallejo   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guadalcanal Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rio Vista   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Solano City - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Suisun City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Travis Field   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mankas Corner   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cannon - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elmira   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

These websites are specific to California:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the California State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of California to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Contra Costa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Napa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sacramento County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Francisco County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Joaquin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Mateo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Clara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from California

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for San Ramon ...

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

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for San Ramon: www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/

The official website for Contra Costa County: www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in San Ramon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7771, Longitude: -121.9752     [Map].

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about San Ramon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for San Ramon.



 
 
 

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