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Our Genealogical Helper for Woodruff ...

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 Woodruff (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 Woodruff. 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 Woodruff ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Woodruff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Woodruff, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Woodruff.

Cemeteries Near Woodruff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Woodruff.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Woodruff Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Eastman Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Randolph City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SSE Almy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  SSE Evanston City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  SSE Wyoming State Hospital Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Round Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  NNW Laketown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  NNE Sage Junction Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 24 miles [38.6 km]  
  NNW Meadowville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Skinner Family 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Woodruff had a population of 82 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Woodruff had a population of 194 people.

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

Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Woodruff
 - Randolph had a post office and no railroad service
Almy (WY)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Woodruff
 - 1895 population of 450 people
 - Almy had a post office and railroad service
Evanston (WY)   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Woodruff
 - 1895 population of 1,995 people (with 11,866 people in 2017)
 - Evanston had a post office and railroad service
Laketown   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Woodruff
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 266 people in 2017)
 - Laketown had a post office and no railroad service
Meadowville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Meadowville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Woodruff
 - Meadowville had a post office and no railroad service
Castle Rock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Castle Rock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the South (S) from Woodruff
 - Castle Rock had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Woodruff. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Woodruff 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Woodruff is located in Rich County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Rich County: Bear Lake (ID), Cache, Morgan, Summit, Weber, Lincoln (WY) & Uinta (WY).

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

Rich     (The home county for Woodruff)
      Argyle - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Laketown   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garden   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pickelville - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Box Elder
      Mantua   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brachipad   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beindneau   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avon   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paradise   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hyrum   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nibley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      River Heights   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Logan   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hyde Park   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White Horse Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Croydon   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Devils Slide   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Castle Rock - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Emory   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grass Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Henefer   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echo   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eden Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wolf Creek Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Idlewild Townsite   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bear Lake (ID)
      Fish Haven (ID)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lincoln (WY)
      Diamondville (WY)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakley (WY)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kemmerer (WY)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Taylor (WY)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frontier (WY)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cokeville (WY)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Uinta (WY)
      Bear River (WY)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Almy (WY)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Evanston (WY)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Piedmont (WY) - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carter (WY)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Woodruff:

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 Rich County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Box Elder County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cache 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    
Weber County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bear Lake County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (WY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Uinta County (WY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Utah:

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

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 Woodruff ...

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

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 Woodruff:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
1890 Map, unknown title/publisher - shows location of Woodruff
1900 Map, unknown title/publisher - shows location of Woodruff
1924 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Woodruff
We have found Woodruff in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Woodruff for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Woodruff.
      See our Misc Page for Woodruff for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Utah

About Rich County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Utah:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Woodruff. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Woodruff) 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 Woodruff. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Woodruff

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Woodruff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5226, Longitude: -111.1631     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Woodruff 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 Woodruff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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