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Our Genealogical Helper for Western Sun ...

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 Western Sun (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 Western Sun. 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 Western Sun ...

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 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Western Sun.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Western Sun, there are papers which were published within 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Western Sun.

Cemeteries Near Western Sun ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Western Sun.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Pleasant Green Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Valley View Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Taylorsville Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bingham City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Wights Fort Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE West Jordan City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Lake Point Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Cutler Hill Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Midvale City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Murray City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Brigham Young Family Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Kimball - Whitney 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.<3>

While we didn't find Western Sun in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Western Sun.

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

El Dorado   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Western Sun
 - El Dorado had railroad service and no post office
Riter   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Western Sun
 - Riter had a post office and no railroad service
Granger   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Western Sun
 - Granger had a post office and no railroad service
Buena Vista   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Western Sun
 - Buena Vista had railroad service and no post office
West Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Western Sun
 - 1895 population of 271 people (with 113,905 people in 2017)
 - West Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Taylorsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Western Sun
 - 1895 population of 269 people (with 59,992 people in 2017)
 - Taylorsville had a post office and no railroad service
Murray   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Western Sun
 - Murray had a post office and no railroad service
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Western Sun
 - Franklin had railroad service and no post office
Salt Lake City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Western Sun
 - 1895 population of 44,843 people (with 200,544 people in 2017)
 - Salt Lake City had a post office and railroad service
Bingham - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bingham was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Western Sun
 - 1895 population of 524 people
 - Bingham 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 Western Sun. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Western Sun 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.

Western Sun is located in Salt Lake County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Salt Lake County: Davis, Morgan, Summit, Tooele, Utah & Wasatch.

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

Salt Lake     (The home county for Western Sun)
      Centennial Village Two   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Centennial Village   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Martin Village   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Browns Townsite   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Magna   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Bacchus - Historic   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Chambers Townsite   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      West Valley City   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cherrywood Village   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hector Village   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Arthur - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chateau Village   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Copper City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      North Salt Lake   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Val Verda   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woods Cross   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bountiful   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakhaven Village   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Bountiful   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cottonwood Heights   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Center Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Benchmark Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chase Lane Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Aegean Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Morgan   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Devils Slide   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Croydon   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Altus - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Summit Park   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Snyderville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      South Snyderville Basin   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Snyderville Basin   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Silver Creek Junction   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockport - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wanship   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Henefer   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hoytsville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Echo   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coalville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake Point   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stansbury park   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Erda   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tooele   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burmester   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bauer   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ophir   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mercur - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Batesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rush Valley   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Timpie - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lehi   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Highland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Fort   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Hills   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saratoga Springs   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      American Fork   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eagle Mountain   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mutual Dell   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindon   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vineyard   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mound City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cranmer   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Midway   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hideout   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heber City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Daniel   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wallsburg   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Uintah   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hooper   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Riverdale   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Roy   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tri-S Village Estates   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Uintah Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Washington Terrace   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hidden Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westlake Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenwood Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Ogden   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Haven   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Evona   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Western Sun:

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 Salt Lake County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Davis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summit County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tooele County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Utah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wasatch County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Weber County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Utah:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Utah,     of Salt Lake County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Utah     Cemetery Wiki for Utah
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Utah,     of Salt Lake 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Utah

About Salt Lake County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Salt Lake County:

The official website for State of Utah:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Western Sun. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Western Sun) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Western Sun. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7019, Longitude: -112.0702     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Western Sun have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Western Sun, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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