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Our Genealogy Helper for Mitchell ...

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 Mitchell (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 Mitchell. 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.

A Few Details for Mitchell ...

While it's still very early in our research, we have found that:

  • Mitchell was founded in 1837.
  • It was incorporated in 1891.

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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Mitchell is located in Wheeler County.

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 Mitchell. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Mitchell:

  • Wheeler County     (The home county of Mitchell)
    • Waldron [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waldron
      • Waldron [Wheeler County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell
    • Richmond [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
      • Richmond [Wheeler County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Richmond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Spray [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spray
      • Spray [Wheeler County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 157 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spray
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spray<3>
    • Winlock [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winlock
      • Winlock [Wheeler County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winlock
    • Kinzua [Wheeler County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kinzua
      • Kinzua [Wheeler County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Mitchell
    • Fossil [Wheeler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fossil
      • Fossil [Wheeler County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Mitchell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 455 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fossil
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fossil<3>
  • Crook County
    • Scissorsville [Crook County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scissorsville
      • Scissorsville [Crook County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Mitchell
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Scissorsville. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Paulina [Crook County]
    • Post [Crook County]
    • Prineville [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prineville
      • Prineville [Crook County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Mitchell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,305 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prineville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prineville<3>
  • Gilliam County
    • Lonerock [Gilliam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonerock
      • Lonerock [Gilliam County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Mitchell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonerock
  • Grant County
    • Kimberly [Grant County]
    • Dayville [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dayville
      • Dayville [Grant County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Mitchell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 144 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dayville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dayville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dayville<3>
    • Monument [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monument
      • Monument [Grant County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell
      • 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 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Mitchell
    • Donnybrook [Jefferson County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donnybrook
      • Donnybrook [Jefferson County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Mitchell
      • 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]
  • Wasco County
    • Clarno [Wasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarno
      • Clarno [Wasco County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Mitchell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarno
    • Antelope [Wasco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Antelope
      • Antelope [Wasco County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Mitchell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 49 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Antelope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Antelope<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mitchell ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mitchell.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mitchell. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mitchell and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mitchell.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 38 miles [61.2 km] of Mitchell.

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 websites either 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 Mitchell:

  • 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 Mitchell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mitchell.

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

  • Mitchell Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mitchell Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mitchell Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mitchell Cemetery
  • Lower Mitchell Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lower Mitchell Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lower Mitchell Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lower Mitchell Cemetery
  • Toney Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Toney Cemetery
    • The Toney Cemetery is located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Mitchell.To be precise, Toney Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Mitchell.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toney Cemetery
  • West Branch Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the West Branch Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the West Branch Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • West Branch Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Mitchell.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Branch Cemetery
  • Caleb Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Caleb Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Caleb Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Caleb Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Mitchell.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caleb Cemetery
  • Foppiano Family Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Camp Watson Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Camp Watson Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Camp Watson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Camp Watson Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Watson 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 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond Cemetery
    • Mary Waterman Grave
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mary Waterman Grave
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mary Waterman Grave have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mary Waterman Grave lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mary Waterman Grave
    • Spanish Gulch Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spanish Gulch Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spanish Gulch Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Spanish Gulch Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spanish Gulch Cemetery
    • Howard Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Howard Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Howard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Howard Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howard Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38921<5>
    • Spray Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spray Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spray Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Spray Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spray Cemetery
    • Winlock Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Winlock Cemetery
      • Winlock Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winlock Cemetery
    • Dayville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dayville Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Dayville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Dayville Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dayville Cemetery
    • Haystack Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Haystack Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Haystack Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Haystack Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Mitchell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haystack Cemetery

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Oregon

About Wheeler County

About Oregon

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mitchell: mitchelloregon.us/

The official website for State of Oregon: https://www.oregon.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Mitchell) 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 Mitchell. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MitchellOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mitchell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.5667, Longitude: -120.1540    
<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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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