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Our Genealogical Helper for Agate ...

So far, we have found very little information about Agate. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Agate to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Agate, please Contact Us.

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 Agate (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 Agate. 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 Agate ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Agate.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Agate, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Agate.

Cemeteries Near Agate ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Agate.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  SSW Red Cliffs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SSW White Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sego Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Thompson Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 27 miles [43.5 km]  
  SSW Castle Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Glade Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 28 miles [45.1 km]  
  S Castleton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Andy Swenson Gravesite   [Map]     
      Within 29 miles [46.7 km]  
  ENE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 31 miles [49.9 km]  
  S Pinhook Battle Site Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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.

Agate itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

Cottonwood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Agate
 - Cottonwood had railroad service and no post office
Cisco - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cisco was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Agate
 - Cisco had a post office and railroad service
Westwater - Historic   [Map]
 - While Westwater was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Agate
 - Westwater had a post office and railroad service
Utaline (CO)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Agate
 - Utaline had railroad service and no post office
Sagers   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West (W) from Agate
 - Sagers had railroad service and no post office
Thompson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the West (W) from Agate
 - Thompson Springs had a post office and railroad service
Fruita (CO)   [Map]
 - Located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Agate
 - Fruita 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 Agate. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Agate 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 southwest 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 south.

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 south 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Agate is historic, it would have been located within present day Grand County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Grand County: Garfield (CO), Mesa (CO), Carbon, Emery, San Juan & Uintah.

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

Grand     (The home county for Agate)
      Cisco - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Westwater - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dewey   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sego - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thompson Springs   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Castle Valley   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Castleton - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brendel   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crescent Junction   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Basin - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moab   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Juan
      Spanish Valley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Mesa (CO)
      Mack (CO)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loma (CO)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glade Park (CO)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gateway (CO)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruita (CO)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Redlands (CO)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grand Junction (CO)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orchard Mesa (CO)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fruitvale (CO)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Agate:

These websites are specific to Utah:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //

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

These pages are specific to Grand County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

San Juan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mesa County (CO):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Utah:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Utah,     of Grand County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Utah     Cemetery Wiki for Utah
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Utah,     of Grand 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 Utah
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Agate ...

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

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 Agate:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Utah Place Names     (Available from
      Written by: Van Cott, John W.
      Published by the University of Utah Press, 1990
1900 Map, unknown title/publisher - shows location of Agate
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Agate.
      See our Misc Page for Agate for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Grand County:

The official website for State of Utah:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Agate, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Agate. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Agate) 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 Agate. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Agate

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Agate. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0151, Longitude: -109.2438     [Map].

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<3>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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