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Our Genealogical Helper for White Sands ...

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 White Sands (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 White Sands. 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.

Cemeteries Near White Sands ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of White Sands.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  WNW Lake Hills Memorial Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Crescent Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Sandy City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Draper City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W South Jordan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Midvale City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Granite City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Union Fort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Fort Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Riverton City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Cutler Hill Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW West Jordan City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bluffdale City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Memorial Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Mountain View Memorial Estates   [Map]     
  WNW Wights Fort Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park South   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Murray City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Holladay Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Elysian Burial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Herriman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Utah Veterans Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Alpine City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Taylorsville Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Highland City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NW Valley View Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Bingham City 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 White Sands in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of White Sands.

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

Sandy   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from White Sands
 - 1895 population of 749 people (with 96,145 people in 2017)
 - Sandy had a post office and railroad service
Draper   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from White Sands
 - 1895 population of 221 people (with 47,710 people in 2017)
 - Draper had a post office and railroad service
Union   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from White Sands
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Union had a post office and no railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from White Sands
 - Jordan had railroad service and no post office
Taylorsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from White Sands
 - 1895 population of 269 people (with 59,992 people in 2017)
 - Taylorsville had a post office and no railroad service
Cottonwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from White Sands
 - Cottonwood had railroad service and no post office
Murray   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from White Sands
 - Murray had a post office and no railroad service
West Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from White Sands
 - 1895 population of 271 people (with 113,905 people in 2017)
 - West Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Millcreek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from White Sands
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 60,192 people in 2017)
 - Millcreek 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 White Sands. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring White Sands 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

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

Salt Lake     (The home county for White Sands)
      White City   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Transwest Village   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Cobblestone Village   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Sandy   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Dimple Dell Village   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Jordan Village   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Marion Village   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sandy City   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alta Canyon Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Avalon Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Canyon Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Raintree Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Draper   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      North Salt Lake   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Val Verda   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakhaven Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Woods Cross   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bountiful   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cottonwood Heights   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Bountiful   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Center Village   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benchmark Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chase Lane Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aegean Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Devils Slide   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Croydon   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altus - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Summit Park   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Snyderville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Park City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      South Snyderville Basin   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Silver Creek Junction   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Snyderville Basin   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rockport - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wanship   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Peoa   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Francis   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kamas   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Point   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Erda   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stansbury park   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ophir   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Tooele   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mercur - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Batesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bauer   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burmester   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rush Valley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ajax - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lehi   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Highland   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedar Hills   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      American Fork   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mutual Dell   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saratoga Springs   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lindon   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eagle Mountain   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Vineyard   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Aspen Grove   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bunker   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mound City   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midway   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cranmer   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Daniel   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heber City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hideout   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wallsburg   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Timber Lakes   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Independence   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Uintah   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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, 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 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 White Sands:

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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Utah

About Salt Lake County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for White Sands. 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 from White Sands. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- White Sands) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White Sands. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5611, Longitude: -111.8744     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for White Sands 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 White Sands, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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