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Our Genealogical Helper for Sprague ...

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 Sprague (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 Sprague. 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 the area of Sprague ...

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 110 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sprague.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sprague. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sprague and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sprague.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> of Sprague.

Cemeteries Near Sprague ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sprague.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Macabee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lake View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Grisham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Sassin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSE Caylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rockdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ENE Lance Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Edwall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  N Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  NE New England Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview 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 Sprague had a population of 1,689 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Sprague had a population of 441 people.

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

Tyler   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sprague
 - Tyler had a post office and railroad service
Harrington   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sprague
 - 1895 population of 29 people (with 411 people in 2017)
 - Harrington had a post office and no railroad service
Omans   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sprague
 - Omans had railroad service and no post office
Ritzville   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sprague
 - 1895 population of 619 people (with 1,637 people in 2017)
 - Ritzville had a post office and no railroad service
Juno   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sprague
 - Juno had a post office and no railroad service
Pine City - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pine City was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sprague
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Pine City had a post office and no railroad service
Saint John   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sprague
 - Saint John had a post office and railroad service
Cheney   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sprague
 - 1895 population of 1,647 people (with 12,446 people in 2017)
 - Cheney had a post office and railroad service
Medical Lake   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sprague
 - 1895 population of 617 people (with 4,957 people in 2017)
 - Medical Lake had a post office and railroad service
Davenport   [Map]
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sprague
 - 1895 population of 396 people (with 1,708 people in 2017)
 - Davenport 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 Sprague. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sprague 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Sprague is located in Lincoln County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Adams, Ferry, Grant, Okanogan, Spokane, Stevens & Whitman.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for Sprague)
      Edwall   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bluestem   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harrington   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mohler   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Omans   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reardan   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mondovi   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Odessa   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Long Lake   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ritzville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lind   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Washtucna   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lakeland Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cheney   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Medical Lake   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Four Lakes   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deep Creek   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spangle   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Airway Heights   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spokane   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wellpinit   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lamont   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pine City - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint John   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Malden   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rosalia   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Endicott   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      LaCrosse   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Steptoe   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakesdale   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hooper   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Sprague:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Spokane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stevens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

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

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 Sprague:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Sprague in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Sprague for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sprague.
      See our Misc Page for Sprague for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Lincoln County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sprague. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.3001, Longitude: -117.9784     [Map].

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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 Sprague, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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