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Introduction ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Alderdale (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 Alderdale. 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.

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 doctors 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.

Alderdale is located in Klickitat County.

To see how the shape of Washington's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Klickitat County: Gilliam (OR), Hood River (OR), Morrow (OR), Sherman (OR), Wasco (OR), Benton, Skamania & Yakima.

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

  • Klickitat County     (The home county of Alderdale)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Alderdale, with the one closest to Alderdale listed first.
    • Roosevelt
      (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Bluelight
      (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluelight
      • Bluelight is located in Klickitat County
    • Bickleton
      (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest)
    • Cleveland
      (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cleveland
      • Cleveland is located in Klickitat County
  • Benton County
    • The following are listed by their distance from Alderdale, with the one closest to Alderdale listed first.
    • Paterson
      (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Prosser
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
    • Plymouth
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plymouth
      • Plymouth is located in Benton County
  • Yakima County
    • The following are listed by their distance from Alderdale, with the one closest to Alderdale listed first.
    • Byron
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Byron
      • Byron is located in Yakima County
    • Mabton
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
    • Grandview
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the north)
  • Gilliam County (OR)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Alderdale, with the one closest to Alderdale listed first.
    • Arlington
      (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Olex
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olex have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olex
      • Olex is located in Gilliam County (OR)
  • Morrow County (OR)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Alderdale, with the one closest to Alderdale listed first.
    • Boardman
      (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boardman have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boardman
      • Boardman is located in Morrow County (OR)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,794 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boardman <1>
    • Irrigon
      (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irrigon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irrigon
      • Irrigon is located in Morrow County (OR)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,799 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Irrigon <1>
    • Ione
      (23 miles [37 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ione
      • Ione is located in Morrow County (OR)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 329 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ione <1>
    • Lexington
      (29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Pine City
      (29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine City
      • Pine City is located in Morrow County (OR)
  • Umatilla County (OR)
    • The following are listed by their distance from Alderdale, with the one closest to Alderdale listed first.
    • Ordnance ‑ Historic
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ordnance
      • Ordnance is located in Umatilla County (OR)
    • Hinkle
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hinkle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinkle
      • Hinkle is located in Umatilla County (OR)
    • Umatilla
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Umatilla
      • Umatilla is located in Umatilla County (OR)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,360 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Umatilla <1>
    • Hermiston
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hermiston
      • Hermiston is located in Umatilla County (OR)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,791 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hermiston <1>
    • Power City
      (30 miles [48.3 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Power City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Power City
      • Power City is located in Umatilla County (OR)

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

Newspapers Published in Alderdale ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alderdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alderdale, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<3>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alderdale.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Alderdale:

Cemeteries Near Alderdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alderdale.

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

The following cemeteries are listed based on their distance from Alderdale, with the one closest to Alderdale listed first.

  • Sixprong Cemetery
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sixprong Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sixprong Cemetery
  • Riverview Cemetery
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
  • Huit - Juniper Canyon Cemetery
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
  • Arlington Masonic Cemetery
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Arlington Masonic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Arlington Masonic Cemetery
  • Wells Spring Cemetery
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Wells Spring Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Wells Spring Cemetery
  • Eightmile Cemetery
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Eightmile Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Eightmile Cemetery
  • Glade Cemetery
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Glade Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Glade Cemetery
  • Morgan Cemetery
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Morgan Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Morgan Cemetery
  • Tommy Dean Cemetery
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the south)
  • Irrigon Cemetery
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Irrigon Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Irrigon Cemetery
    • Jump to Find-A-Grave: FG ID #2252861 <4>
  • Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
  • IOOF Cemetery
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the IOOF Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the IOOF Cemetery
  • Continue List   (17 more) ...
    • Highview Cemetery
      (23 miles [37 km] to the south)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Highview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Highview Cemetery
    • Petteys Cemetery
      (23 miles [37 km] to the south)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Petteys Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Petteys Cemetery
    • Cyrus Cemetery
      (25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest)

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.<5>

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

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

  • Willows
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willows have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willows
    • Willows is located in Gilliam County (OR)
  • Arlington
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Cecil
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cecil have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cecil
    • Cecil is located in Morrow County (OR)
  • Ella
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ella have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ella
    • Ella is located in Morrow County (OR)
  • Dot
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dot have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dot
    • Dot is located in Klickitat County
  • Bickleton
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest)
  • Cleveland
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cleveland
    • Cleveland is located in Klickitat County
  • Ione
    (23 miles [37 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ione
    • Ione is located in Morrow County (OR)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 329 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ione <1>
  • Alpine
    (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpine have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpine
    • Alpine is located in Morrow County (OR)
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Byron
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Byron
      • Byron is located in Yakima County
    • Olex
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olex have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olex
      • Olex is located in Gilliam County (OR)
    • Mabton
      (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
    • Umatilla
      (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Umatilla
      • Umatilla is located in Umatilla County (OR)
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,360 people
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Umatilla <1>
    • Lexington
      (29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Galloway ‑ Historic
      (29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Galloway have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Galloway
      • Galloway is located in Morrow County (OR)

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

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

The official website for Klickitat County: www.klickitatcounty.org/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<2>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alderdale) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alderdale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8349, Longitude: -119.9209       In this case, the coordinates for Alderdale have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<4>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.
<5>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 Alderdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.









 

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