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Our Genealogical Helper for Sifton ...

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 Sifton (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 Sifton. 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 Sifton ...

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 218 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sifton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sifton, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sifton.

Cemeteries Near Sifton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sifton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Brush Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Evergreen Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Park Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elim Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Finn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salmon Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Columbia Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fern Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gravel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Powell Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dublin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Historic Columbian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rose City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lewisville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Brainerd Cemetery   [Map]     


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 Sifton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sifton.

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

Proebstel   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Sifton
 - Proebstel had a post office and no railroad service
Brush Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sifton
 - Brush Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Hockinson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sifton
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Hockinson had a post office and no railroad service
Fisher   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sifton
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Fisher had a post office and no railroad service
Vancouver   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sifton
 - 1895 population of 3,845 people (with 175,673 people in 2017)
 - Vancouver had a post office and railroad service
Fern Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sifton
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Fern Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Battle Ground   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Sifton
 - 1895 population of 68 people (with 20,576 people in 2017)
 - Battle Ground had a post office and no railroad service
Clarnie (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Sifton
 - Clarnie 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 Sifton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sifton 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 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.

Sifton is located in Clark County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clark County: Columbia (OR), Multnomah (OR), Cowlitz & Skamania.

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

Clark     (The home county for Sifton)
      Orchards   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Union   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mill Plain   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Five Corners   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Barberton   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Homan   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brush Prairie   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hockinson   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cascade Park East   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cascade Park West   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Minnehaha   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Hazel Dell   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ariel   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kalama   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cougar   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carrolls   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rose Valley   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kelso   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Longview   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ostrander   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Longview Heights   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Longview   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Skamania   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Moffetts Hot Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Bonneville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carson   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Clackamas (OR)
      Happy Valley (OR)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Milwaukie (OR)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sunnyside (OR)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Damascus (OR)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clackamas (OR)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Johnson City (OR)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Grove (OR)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Oatfield (OR)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Boring (OR)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Carver (OR)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Christie (OR) - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jennings Lodge (OR)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake Oswego (OR)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Columbia (OR)
      Scappoose (OR)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Helens (OR)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Warren (OR)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbia City (OR)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deer Island (OR)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Prescott (OR)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaver Springs (OR)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vernonia (OR)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainier (OR)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Hood River (OR)
      Cascade Locks (OR)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Marion (OR)
      Butteville Station (OR) - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Butteville (OR)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aurora (OR)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Champoeg (OR) - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Donald (OR)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hubbard (OR)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Paul (OR)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodburn (OR)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Multnomah (OR)
      Maywood Park (OR)   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fairview (OR)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vanport City (OR) - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hazelwood (OR)   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wood Village (OR)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Portland (OR)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Troutdale (OR)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gresham (OR)   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Corbett (OR)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burlington (OR)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Latourell (OR)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bridal Veil (OR)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dodson (OR)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Washington (OR)
      Cedar Mill (OR)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Slope (OR)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Hills (OR)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marlene Village (OR)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Hills (OR)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Raleigh Hills (OR)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rockcreek (OR)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Beaverton (OR)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Metzger (OR)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Aloha (OR)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tigard (OR)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tobias (OR)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hillsboro (OR)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Yamhill (OR)
      Newberg (OR)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dundee (OR)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cove Orchard (OR)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Yamhill (OR)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carlton (OR)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lafayette (OR)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Sifton:

These websites are specific to Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Washington State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Washington to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Clark County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cowlitz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Skamania County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clackamas County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hood River County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Multnomah County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yamhill County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Clark County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Clark 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 Washington
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Clark County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clark County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Sifton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sifton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sifton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.6726, Longitude: -122.5312     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sifton 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 Sifton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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