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Sunol, California

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sunol ...

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 Sunol (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 Sunol. 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Sunol is located in Alameda County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Alameda County: Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara & Stanislaus.

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

Alameda     (The home county for Sunol)
  Pleasanton   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Fremont   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Dublin   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Komandorski Village   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Albrae - Historic   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  San Ramon Village   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Livermore   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Newark   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Drawbridge - Historic   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Alvarado - Historic   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Contra Costa
  San Ramon   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Blackhawk   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Danville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Diablo   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alamo   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marsh Creek Springs   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Moraga   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Byron   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Walnut Creek   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fort McDowell   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Belvedere   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tiburon   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sausalito   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marin City   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Paradise Cay   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bel Aire   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Strawberry   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  San Quentin   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Francisco
  Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  San Francisco   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Friendship Village   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Golden Gate Heights   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Stonestown   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Doelger City   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Joaquin
  Carnegie - Historic   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wainwright Village   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lyoth   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Banta   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vernalis   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Holt   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lathrop   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Manteca   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Country Club   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  French Camp   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Taft Mosswood   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Manteca Junction   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Mateo
  East Palo Alto   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  The Willows   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Menlo Park   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  North Fair Oaks   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Atherton   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  West Menlo Park   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Foster City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Redwood City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  San Carlos   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Emerald Lake Hills   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Adobe Corner   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
Santa Clara
  Milpitas   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Alviso   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Agnew   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  East Foothills   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Alum Rock   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Santa Clara   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Castro City   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mountain View   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Palo Alto   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sunnyvale   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Buena Vista   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Burbank   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Escondido Village   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
Santa Cruz
  Summit   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glenwood   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Boulder Creek   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lompico   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  The Willows   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brookdale   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Zayante   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ben Lomond   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Scotts Valley   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Felton   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Hermon   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bonny Doon   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Benicia   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Birds Landing   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rio Vista   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mare Island - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Vallejo   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Westley   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grayson   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sunol ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunol.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Pleasanton Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Mission San Jose Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Ohlones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fremont Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Holy Ghost Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dublin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Knoll Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Cedar Lawn Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WNW Lone Tree Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Holy Sepulchre Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Sunol ...

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 123 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunol.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sunol. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sunol and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sunol.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km] of Sunol.

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 in 1895, Sunol had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Pleasanton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 984 people (with 83,007 people in 2017)
 - Pleasanton had a post office and railroad service
Newark   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 47,531 people in 2017)
 - Newark had a post office and railroad service
Livermore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 1,391 people (with 90,295 people in 2017)
 - Livermore had a post office and railroad service
Alvarado - Historic   [Map]
 - While Alvarado was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 642 people
 - Alvarado had a post office and railroad service
Milpitas   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 78,106 people in 2017)
 - Milpitas had a post office and railroad service
Alviso   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 207 people
 - Alviso had a post office and railroad service
Mount Eden   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 155 people
 - Mount Eden had a post office and railroad service
San Ramon   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunol
 - 1895 population of 110 people (with 75,931 people in 2017)
 - San Ramon had a post office and no railroad service

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

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 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 Sunol:

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 Alameda County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Contra Costa County:     Cyndi's



Marin County:     Cyndi's



San Francisco County:     Cyndi's



San Joaquin County:     Cyndi's



San Mateo County:     Cyndi's



Santa Clara County:     Cyndi's



Santa Cruz County:     Cyndi's



Solano County:     Cyndi's



Stanislaus County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

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

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 Sunol:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for California

About Alameda County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sunol. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Alameda County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sunol) 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 Sunol. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sunol

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunol. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5939, Longitude: -121.8885     [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 Sunol, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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