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Our Genealogy Helper for Fossil ...

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 Fossil (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 Fossil. 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 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.

Fossil is located in Wheeler County and is the County Seat.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wheeler County: Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Jefferson & Sherman.

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

  • Wheeler County     (The home county of Fossil)
    • Kinzua [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kinzua
      • Kinzua [Wheeler County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Fossil
    • Winlock [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winlock
      • Winlock [Wheeler County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Fossil
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winlock
    • Richmond [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
      • Richmond [Wheeler County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Fossil
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Richmond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Waldron [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waldron
      • Waldron [Wheeler County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Fossil
    • Spray [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spray
      • Spray [Wheeler County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 157 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spray
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spray<3>
    • Mitchell [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mitchell
      • Mitchell [Wheeler County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mitchell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mitchell<3>
  • Gilliam County
    • Mayville [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayville
      • Mayville [Gilliam County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Fossil
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayville
    • Condon [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Condon
      • Condon [Gilliam County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 714 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Condon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Condon<3>
    • Lonerock [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonerock
      • Lonerock [Gilliam County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonerock
  • Grant County
    • Kimberly [Grant County]
    • Monument [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monument
      • Monument [Grant County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 122 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monument
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monument<3>
  • Jefferson County
    • Horse Heaven [Jefferson County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horse Heaven
      • Horse Heaven [Jefferson County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Fossil
    • Donnybrook [Jefferson County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donnybrook
      • Donnybrook [Jefferson County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Fossil
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Donnybrook have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former names for Donnybrook:
      • Axehandle
      • Kilts
    • Ashwood [Jefferson County]
  • Morrow County
    • Gooseberry [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gooseberry
      • Gooseberry [Morrow County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gooseberry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gooseberry
    • Hardman [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardman
      • Hardman [Morrow County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • Hardman has also been known as:
      • Dairyville
      • Dogtown
      • Raw Dog
      • Yaller Dog
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardman
    • Ione [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ione
      • Ione [Morrow County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 329 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ione have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ione
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ione<3>
    • Heppner [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heppner
      • Heppner [Morrow County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,262 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heppner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Heppner<3>
    • Lexington [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lexington
      • Lexington [Morrow County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 240 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lexington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lexington<3>
  • Sherman County
    • Kent [Sherman County]
    • Grass Valley [Sherman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grass Valley
      • Grass Valley [Sherman County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 167 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grass Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grass Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grass Valley<3>
  • Wasco County
    • Clarno [Wasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarno
      • Clarno [Wasco County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Fossil
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarno
    • Antelope [Wasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Antelope
      • Antelope [Wasco County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 49 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Antelope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Antelope<3>
    • Shaniko [Wasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shaniko
      • Shaniko [Wasco County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Fossil
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 37 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shaniko
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shaniko<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Fossil ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fossil.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Fossil. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Fossil and those printed in the larger area surrounding Fossil.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Fossil.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Fossil:

  • 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 Oregon

Cemeteries Near Fossil ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fossil.

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

  • Fossil IOOF Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fossil IOOF Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fossil IOOF Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fossil IOOF Cemetery
  • Masonic Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Masonic Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Masonic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Masonic Cemetery
  • Mayville Cemetery
  • Papersack Cemetery
  • Tillotson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tillotson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tillotson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tillotson Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Fossil.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tillotson Cemetery
  • Clarno Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Lost Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lost Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lost Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lost Valley Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lost Valley Cemetery
    • Winlock Cemetery
    • IOOF Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the IOOF Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the IOOF Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • IOOF Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on IOOF Cemetery
    • King of Peace Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the King of Peace Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the King of Peace Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • King of Peace Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on King of Peace Cemetery
    • Masonic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Masonic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Masonic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Masonic Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Masonic Cemetery
    • St. Joseph Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Joseph Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Joseph Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • St. Joseph Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Joseph Cemetery
    • Lonerock Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lonerock Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lonerock Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lonerock Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonerock Cemetery
    • Igo Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Igo Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Igo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Igo Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Igo Cemetery
    • Richmond Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Richmond Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Richmond Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Richmond Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Fossil.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Fossil had a population of 153 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Fossil had a population of 455 people.

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

  • Fossil [Wheeler County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fossil
    • Fossil [Wheeler County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Fossil
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 153 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 455 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fossil had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fossil
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fossil<3>
  • Mayville [Gilliam County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayville
    • Mayville [Gilliam County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Fossil
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mayville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayville
  • Condon [Gilliam County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Condon
    • Condon [Gilliam County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Fossil
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 714 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Condon had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Condon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Condon<3>
  • Igo [Gilliam County] - Historic
    • While Igo was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Igo
    • Igo [Gilliam County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Fossil
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Igo had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Igo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Lonerock [Gilliam County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonerock
    • Lonerock [Gilliam County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Fossil
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 22 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lonerock had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonerock
  • Antelope [Wasco County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Antelope
    • Antelope [Wasco County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Fossil
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 184 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 49 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Antelope had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Antelope
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Antelope<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Gooseberry [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gooseberry
      • Gooseberry [Morrow County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gooseberry had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gooseberry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gooseberry
    • Eightmile [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eightmile
      • Eightmile [Morrow County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Eightmile had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eightmile have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eightmile
    • Kent [Sherman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kent
      • Kent [Sherman County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Fossil
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kent had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kent
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kent<3>
    • Hardman [Morrow County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardman
      • Hardman [Morrow County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Fossil
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hardman had a post office and no railroad service
      • Hardman has also been known as:
      • Dairyville
      • Dogtown
      • Raw Dog
      • Yaller Dog
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardman
    • Clem [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clem
      • Clem [Gilliam County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Fossil
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Clem had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clem

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fossil ...

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

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.

Note for Fossil:
Services available in 1895: had a Express Office, no Railroad mentioned

Auto Trails Map of Oregon (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

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

Search for a Community in Oregon

About Wheeler County

About Oregon

The official website for Fossil: www.cityoffossil.org/

The official website for State of Oregon: https://www.oregon.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Fossil) 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 Fossil. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from FossilOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fossil. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9999, Longitude: -120.2137    
<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>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 Fossil, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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