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Our Genealogy Helper for Jensen ...

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 Jensen (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 Jensen. 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Jensen is located in Uintah County.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Uintah County: Garfield (CO), Moffat (CO), Rio Blanco (CO), Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Grand & Summit.

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

  • Uintah County     (The home county of Jensen)
    • Naples [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naples
      • Naples [Uintah County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Jensen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,107 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Naples
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Naples<2>
    • Vernal [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vernal
      • Vernal [Uintah County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Jensen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,468 people
      • Former names for Vernal:
      • Ashley
      • Bench
      • The Bench
      • Hatch
      • Jericho
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vernal
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vernal<2>
    • Maeser [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maeser
      • Maeser [Uintah County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Jensen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maeser
    • Dry Fork [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dry Fork
      • Dry Fork [Uintah County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Jensen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dry Fork
    • Lapoint [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lapoint
      • Lapoint [Uintah County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Jensen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lapoint have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lapoint
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lapoint<2>
    • Bullionville [Uintah County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bullionville
      • Bullionville [Uintah County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Jensen
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bullionville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Bonanza [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonanza
      • Bonanza [Uintah County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Jensen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonanza
    • Gusher [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gusher
      • Gusher [Uintah County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Jensen
      • Former names for Gusher:
      • Moffat
      • Sober City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gusher
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gusher<2>
    • Ouray [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ouray
      • Ouray [Uintah County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Jensen
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ouray
    • Randlett [Uintah County]
    • Fort Robidoux [Uintah County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Robidoux
      • Fort Robidoux [Uintah County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Jensen
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Fort Robidoux. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Fort Robidoux has also been known as:
      • Antoine Robidoux's Fort
      • Fort Kit Carson
      • William Reed's Post
    • Fort Duchesne [Uintah County]
    • Tridell [Uintah County]
  • Daggett County
  • Duchesne County
    • Roosevelt [Duchesne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roosevelt
      • Roosevelt [Duchesne County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the west of Jensen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,261 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roosevelt
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roosevelt<2>
    • Neola [Duchesne County]
    • Myton [Duchesne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Myton
      • Myton [Duchesne County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Jensen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 602 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Myton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Myton<2>
  • Moffat County (CO)
    • Dinosaur [Moffat County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dinosaur
      • Dinosaur [Moffat County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Jensen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 334 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dinosaur
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dinosaur<2>
  • Rio Blanco County (CO)
    • Rangely [Rio Blanco County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rangely
      • Rangely [Rio Blanco County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Jensen
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,300 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rangely have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rangely
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rangely<2>

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

Newspapers Published in Jensen ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Jensen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Jensen, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Jensen.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Jensen:

  • 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 Colorado
    • Stories from Utah

Cemeteries Near Jensen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jensen.

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

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.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Jensen had a post office and no railroad service.

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

  • Jensen [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jensen
    • Jensen [Uintah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Jensen
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Jensen had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jensen
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jensen<2>
  • Naples [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naples
    • Naples [Uintah County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Jensen
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,107 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Naples had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Naples
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Naples<2>
  • Vernal [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vernal
    • Vernal [Uintah County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Jensen
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 264 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,468 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Vernal had a post office and no railroad service
    • Former names for Vernal:
    • Ashley
    • Bench
    • The Bench
    • Hatch
    • Jericho
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vernal
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vernal<2>
  • Ouray [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ouray
    • Ouray [Uintah County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Jensen
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 51 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ouray had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ouray
  • Fort Duchesne [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Duchesne
    • Fort Duchesne [Uintah County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Jensen
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Fort Duchesne had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Duchesne
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Duchesne<2>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Jensen ...

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

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.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Jensen:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

Utah Place Names
Written by: Van Cott, John W.
Published by the University of Utah Press, 1990
(Available from Amazon.com)

Map from 1900 (unknown title/publisher)

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Utah

About Uintah County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Uintah County: www.co.uintah.ut.us/

The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.gov/

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- Jensen) 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 Jensen. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from JensenOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jensen. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.3698, Longitude: -109.3381    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<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.
<6>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 Jensen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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