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Our Genealogy 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 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 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.

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 doctors and 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:

Contra Costa     (The home county for San Ramon)
  Danville   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  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]
  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]
  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]
  American Canyon   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lombard   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Middleton   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Napa   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  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]
  The Willows   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 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]
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]
  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.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Dublin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Lone Tree Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      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]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Evergreen Mausoleum   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity 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] of San Ramon.

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.<3>

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 2017, San Ramon had a population of 75,931 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 44,786 people in 2017)
 - 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 83,007 people in 2017)
 - 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 90,553 people in 2017)
 - 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 69,773 people in 2017)
 - 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 26,440 people in 2017)
 - 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.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alameda County:     Cyndi's



Marin County:     Cyndi's



Napa County:     Cyndi's



Sacramento County:     Cyndi's



San Francisco County:     Cyndi's



San Joaquin County:     Cyndi's



San Mateo County:     Cyndi's



Santa Clara County:     Cyndi's



Solano County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in California

About Contra Costa County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for San Ramon:

The official website for Contra Costa County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from San Ramon

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

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<2>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:

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<3>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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