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Our Genealogical Helper for Sterling ...

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 Sterling (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 Sterling. 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 Sterling ...

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 72 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sterling, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sterling.

Cemeteries Near Sterling ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sterling.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Green Hills Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Clear Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hawthorne Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Bow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Bay View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Skagit City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  S Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hamilton 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>

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

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

Burlington   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - Burlington had a post office and railroad service
Clear Lake   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sterling
 - Clear Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Avon - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avon was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Avon had a post office and railroad service
Mount Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 770 people (with 35,051 people in 2017)
 - Mount Vernon had a post office and railroad service
Big Lake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sterling
 - Big Lake had railroad service and no post office
Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Prairie had a post office and railroad service
Fredonia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - Fredonia had a post office and no railroad service
Skagit City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Skagit City had a post office and no railroad service
Montborne   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sterling
 - Montborne had a post office and railroad service
Whitney   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - Whitney had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Sterling. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sterling 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.

Sterling is located in Skagit County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Skagit County: Chelan, Island, Okanogan, San Juan, Snohomish & Whatcom.

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

Skagit     (The home county for Sterling)
      Sedro-Woolley   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Clear Lake   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Big Lake   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bow   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Edison   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montborne   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Skagit City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alger   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bay View   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Conway   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Juniper Beach   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Harbor   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camano   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coupeville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camp Diana   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greenbank   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Langley   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Freeland   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Port Townsend   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marrowstone   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nordland   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Port Hadlock-Irondale   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Port Hadlock   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adelma Beach   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chimacum   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Northwest Snohomish   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
San Juan
      Decatur Island   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Olga   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lopez Island   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lopez   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eastsound   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orcas   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shaw Island   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friday Harbor   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deer Harbor   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waldron   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      False Bay   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roche Harbor   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake Ketchum   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Stanwood   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stanwood   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Utsalady   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Silvana   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Warm Beach   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arlington Heights   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oso   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lakewood   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Goodwin   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smokey Point   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Acme   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sudden Valley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chuckanut Village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clipper   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bellingham   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deming   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lummi Island   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lummi   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ferndale   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Everson   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kendall   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 Sterling:

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 Skagit County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Island County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
King County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Juan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Snohomish County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whatcom County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Washington

About Skagit County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Skagit 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 that stretches from Sterling. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sterling) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.4921, Longitude: -122.2807     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling 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 Sterling, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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