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Our Genealogical Helper for Zion ...

So far, we have found very little information about Zion. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Zion to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Zion, please Contact Us.

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 Zion (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 Zion. 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 Zion ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zion.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Zion, there are papers which were published within 48 miles [77.2 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Zion.

Cemeteries Near Zion ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zion.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Springdale Jolley - Gifford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SSW Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Shonesburg Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Rockville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Grafton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Duncan's Retreat Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WSW Pioneer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  E Orderville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Toquerville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W La Verkin 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.

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

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

Rockville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 127 people (with 272 people in 2017)
 - Rockville had a post office and no railroad service
Virgin   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 208 people (with 633 people in 2017)
 - Virgin had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Carmel   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Mount Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
Orderville   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East (E) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 289 people (with 589 people in 2017)
 - Orderville had a post office and no railroad service
Glendale   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 152 people (with 387 people in 2017)
 - Glendale had a post office and no railroad service
Silver Reef - Historic   [Map]
 - While Silver Reef was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West (W) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 177 people
 - Silver Reef had a post office and no railroad service
Kanarraville   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 156 people (with 397 people in 2017)
 - Kanarraville had a post office and no railroad service
New Harmony   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Zion
 - 1895 population of 103 people (with 224 people in 2017)
 - New Harmony had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Zion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Zion 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 and hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Zion is historic, it would have been located within present day Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Mohave (AZ), Lincoln (NV), Iron & Kane.

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

Washington     (The home county for Zion)
      Springdale   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Shunesburg - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grafton - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Apple Valley   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Virgin   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Big Plain Junction   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hildale   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      La Verkin   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Toquerville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anderson Junction   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Asay - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Panguitch Lake Resort   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hatch   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kanarraville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brian Head   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Enoch   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Carmel Junction   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Carmel   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orderville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Duck Creek Village   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kanab   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Long Valley Junction   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Coconino (AZ)
      Kaibab (AZ)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fredonia (AZ)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Mohave (AZ)
      Colorado City (AZ)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Cane Beds (AZ)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moccasin (AZ)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sixmile Village (AZ)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - 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 Zion:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Garfield County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Iron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coconino County (AZ):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mohave County (AZ):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Utah:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Utah,     of Washington 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Utah

About Washington County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Utah:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Zion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Zion. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Zion) 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 Zion. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Zion

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2526, Longitude: -112.9574     [Map].

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<3>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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