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Our Genealogical Helper for Sightly ...

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 Sightly (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 Sightly. 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 Sightly ...

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 96 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sightly.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sightly, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sightly.

Cemeteries Near Sightly ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sightly.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Silver Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Tower Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Rosin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Meadowview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whittle & Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  W Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lone Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SW Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SSW Rose Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Little Falls 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sightly had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Toutle   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sightly
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Toutle had a post office and no railroad service
Silver Lake   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sightly
 - Silver Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Castle Rock   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Sightly
 - 1895 population of 681 people (with 2,234 people in 2017)
 - Castle Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Toledo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sightly
 - 1895 population of 276 people (with 751 people in 2017)
 - Toledo had a post office and no railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sightly
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Cowlitz   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sightly
 - 1895 population of 375 people
 - Cowlitz had a post office and no railroad service
Wilson   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sightly
 - Wilson had a post office and no railroad service
Olequa   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sightly
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Olequa had a post office and railroad service
Kelso   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sightly
 - 1895 population of 354 people (with 12,130 people in 2017)
 - Kelso 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 Sightly. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sightly 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 and 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.

Sightly is located in Cowlitz County.

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

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

Cowlitz     (The home county for Sightly)
      Toutle   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Castle Rock   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ostrander   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kelso   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Longview Heights   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rose Valley   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Longview   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Longview   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ryderwood   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Carrolls   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kalama   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      La Center   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Amboy   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ridgefield   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Yacolt   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heisson   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lewisville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cherry Grove   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Battle Ground   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dollar's Corner   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kumtux   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Meadow Glade   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Venersborg   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Toledo   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vader   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Salkum   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Silver Creek   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Urban   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Winlock   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lacamas   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ajlune   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mossyrock   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Napavine   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alder   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elbe   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bucoda   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grand Mound   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Independence   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cathlamet   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Cathlamet   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Skamokawa   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Clatsop (OR)
      Westport (OR)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton (OR)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brownsmead (OR)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Columbia (OR)
      Rainier (OR)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Prescott (OR)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beaver Springs (OR)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deer Island (OR)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clatskanie (OR)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Columbia City (OR)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Helens (OR)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Warren (OR)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vernonia (OR)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scappoose (OR)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Sightly:

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 Cowlitz County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wahkiakum County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clatsop County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sightly ...

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

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 Sightly:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sightly.
      See our Misc Page for Sightly for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Washington

About Cowlitz County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cowlitz County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sightly. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.2998, Longitude: -122.7084     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sightly have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Sightly, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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