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Our Genealogy Helper for Vernal ...

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 Vernal (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 Vernal. 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.

Name Variations for Vernal ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Past names for Vernal include: Ashley, Bench, The Bench, Hatch and Jericho.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 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.

Vernal is located in Uintah County and is the County Seat.

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

  • Uintah County     (The home county of Vernal)
    • Naples [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naples
      • Naples [Uintah County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Vernal
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,107 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Naples
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Naples<2>
    • Maeser [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maeser
      • Maeser [Uintah County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Vernal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maeser
    • Dry Fork [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dry Fork
      • Dry Fork [Uintah County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Vernal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dry Fork
    • Jensen [Uintah County]
    • Lapoint [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lapoint
      • Lapoint [Uintah County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Vernal
      • 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>
    • Tridell [Uintah County]
    • Bullionville [Uintah County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bullionville
      • Bullionville [Uintah County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Vernal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bullionville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Gusher [Uintah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gusher
      • Gusher [Uintah County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Vernal
      • Former names for Gusher:
      • Moffat
      • Sober City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gusher
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gusher<2>
    • Dyer [Uintah County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dyer
      • Dyer [Uintah County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Vernal
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Dyer. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Fort Duchesne [Uintah County]
    • Randlett [Uintah County]
    • Whiterocks [Uintah County]
  • Daggett County
    • Greendale [Daggett County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greendale
      • Greendale [Daggett County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Vernal
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Greendale. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Swett Ranch [Daggett County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Swett Ranch
      • Swett Ranch [Daggett County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Vernal
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Swett Ranch. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Dutch John [Daggett County]
    • Manila [Daggett County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manila
      • Manila [Daggett County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Vernal
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 335 people
      • Former names for Manila:
      • Chambers
      • Lewisallen
      • Lucerne
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manila
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manila<2>
  • Duchesne County
    • Roosevelt [Duchesne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roosevelt
      • Roosevelt [Duchesne County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Vernal
      • 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]
    • Cedarview [Duchesne County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedarview
      • Cedarview [Duchesne County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Vernal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedarview have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Myton [Duchesne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Myton
      • Myton [Duchesne County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Vernal
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 602 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Myton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Myton<2>
    • Bluebell [Duchesne County]
    • Altamont [Duchesne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Altamont
      • Altamont [Duchesne County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Vernal
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 275 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Altamont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altamont<2>
  • Moffat County (CO)
    • Dinosaur [Moffat County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dinosaur
      • Dinosaur [Moffat County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Vernal
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 334 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dinosaur
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dinosaur<2>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Vernal ...

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 Vernal.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Vernal. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Vernal and those printed in the larger area surrounding Vernal.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 33 miles [53.1 km] of Vernal.

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 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 Vernal:

  • 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 Vernal ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vernal.

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 Vernal 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 Vernal had a population of 264 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Vernal had a population of 10,468 people.

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

  • Vernal [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vernal
    • Vernal [Uintah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Vernal
    • 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>
  • Naples [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naples
    • Naples [Uintah County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Vernal
    • 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>
  • Jensen [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jensen
    • Jensen [Uintah County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Vernal
    • 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>
  • Fort Duchesne [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Duchesne
    • Fort Duchesne [Uintah County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Vernal
    • 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>
  • Whiterocks [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whiterocks
    • Whiterocks [Uintah County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Vernal
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 49 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Whiterocks had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whiterocks
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whiterocks<2>
  • Ouray [Uintah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ouray
    • Ouray [Uintah County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Vernal
    • 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

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vernal ...

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

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 Vernal:
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 1890 (unknown title/publisher)

Map from 1900 (unknown title/publisher)

Shell Oil Road Map for Utah (1950)
Published by Shell Oil Company

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

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

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About Uintah County

About Utah

The official website for Vernal: www.vernalcity.org/

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 '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- Vernal) 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 Vernal. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from VernalOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vernal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4557, Longitude: -109.5285    
<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 Vernal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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