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Our Genealogical Helper for Starbuck ...

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 Starbuck (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 Starbuck. 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 Starbuck ...

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 80 newspapers that have been published in the area around Starbuck.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Starbuck. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Starbuck and those printed in the larger area surrounding Starbuck.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> of Starbuck.

Cemeteries Near Starbuck ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Starbuck.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Old Bones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  ESE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SSE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  SSW Ivy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Covello Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  E Owsley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  SSE Bundy Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  SE Pioneer Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 24 miles [38.6 km]  
  E Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pomeroy City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Starbuck had a population of 42 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Starbuck had a population of 131 people.

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

Grange City - Historic   [Map]
 - While Grange City was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Starbuck
 - Grange City had railroad service and no post office
Relief   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Starbuck
 - Relief had railroad service and no post office
Delaney   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Starbuck
 - Delaney had a post office and railroad service
Alto   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Starbuck
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Alto had a post office and railroad service
Chard   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Starbuck
 - Chard had a post office and railroad service
Hay   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Starbuck
 - Hay had railroad service and no post office
Menoken   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Starbuck
 - Menoken had railroad service and no post office
Dayton   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Starbuck
 - 1895 population of 1,880 people (with 2,485 people in 2017)
 - Dayton had a post office and railroad service
Clyde   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Starbuck
 - Clyde 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 Starbuck. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Starbuck 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 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.

Starbuck is located in Columbia County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Columbia County: Umatilla (OR), Wallowa (OR), Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla & Whitman.

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

Columbia     (The home county for Starbuck)
      Grange City - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Washtucna   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cunningham   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lind   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kahlotus   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Connell   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pomeroy   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gould City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pataha   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Walla Walla
      Tompkins   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waitsburg   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prescott   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Paddock   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dixie   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Walla Walla   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      College Place   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garrett   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mojonnier   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Calhounville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lowden   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hooper   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      LaCrosse   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Endicott   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Starbuck:

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 Columbia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Garfield County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walla Walla 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 Columbia County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Columbia 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 Starbuck ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Columbia County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Columbia County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Starbuck. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.5200, Longitude: -118.1288     [Map].

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

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