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Our Genealogy Helper for Sumas ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Sumas (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Sumas. 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.

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 hospitals and 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.

Sumas is located in Whatcom County.

To see how the shape of Washington's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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

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

  • Whatcom County     (The home county of Sumas)
    • Clearbrook [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clearbrook
      • Clearbrook [Whatcom County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clearbrook
    • Nooksack [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nooksack
      • Nooksack [Whatcom County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,659 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nooksack have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nooksack
    • Peaceful Valley [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peaceful Valley
      • Peaceful Valley [Whatcom County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Sumas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peaceful Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peaceful Valley
    • Everson [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Everson
      • Everson [Whatcom County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,888 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Everson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Everson<3>
    • Kendall [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kendall
      • Kendall [Whatcom County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Sumas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kendall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kendall
    • Maple Falls [Whatcom County]
    • Lynden [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynden
      • Lynden [Whatcom County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,408 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lynden<3>
    • Deming [Whatcom County]
    • Clipper [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clipper
      • Clipper [Whatcom County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clipper
    • Glacier [Whatcom County]
    • Custer [Whatcom County]
    • Geneva [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Geneva
      • Geneva [Whatcom County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Geneva have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Geneva
    • Ferndale [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ferndale
      • Ferndale [Whatcom County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,531 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ferndale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ferndale<3>
  • San Juan County
  • Skagit County
    • Alger [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alger
      • Alger [Skagit County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alger have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alger
    • Bow [Skagit County]
    • Lyman [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyman
      • Lyman [Skagit County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 475 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lyman<3>
    • Sedro-Woolley [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sedro-Woolley
      • Sedro-Woolley [Skagit County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,182 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sedro-Woolley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sedro-Woolley<3>
    • Hamilton [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamilton
      • Hamilton [Skagit County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 310 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hamilton<3>
    • Burlington [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burlington
      • Burlington [Skagit County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,543 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burlington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burlington<3>
    • Anacortes [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anacortes
      • Anacortes [Skagit County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,715 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anacortes
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Anacortes<3>
    • Concrete [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concrete
      • Concrete [Skagit County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 743 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Concrete
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Concrete<3>
    • Mount Vernon [Skagit County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Vernon
      • Mount Vernon [Skagit County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,336 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Vernon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Vernon<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Sumas ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sumas.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sumas. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sumas and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sumas.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km] of Sumas.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Sumas:

  • 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.
    • Stories from British Columbia
    • Stories from Washington

Cemeteries Near Sumas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sumas.

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

  • South Poplar Mennonite Cemetery
  • Musselwhite Cemetery
  • MacLure Road Mennonite Cemetery
  • Hazelwood Cemetery
  • Nooksack Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Nooksack Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Nooksack Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nooksack Cemetery
  • St. Peters Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Indian Joe Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Indian Joe Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Indian Joe Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Indian Joe Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Joe Cemetery
    • Aberdeen Cemetery
    • Kendall Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kendall Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kendall Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Kendall Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Sumas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kendall Cemetery
    • Monumenta Cemetery
    • Lynden Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lynden Cemetery
      • Lynden Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynden Cemetery
    • Greenwood Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Greenwood Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Greenwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Greenwood Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood Cemetery
    • Yarrow Cemetery
    • Hatzic Cemetery
    • Mt. Lehman Cemetery

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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sumas had a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Sumas had a population of 1,629 people.

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

  • Sumas [Whatcom County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sumas
    • Sumas [Whatcom County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Sumas
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,629 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sumas had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sumas
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sumas<3>
  • Clearbrook [Whatcom County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clearbrook
    • Clearbrook [Whatcom County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Clearbrook had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clearbrook
  • Hampton [Whatcom County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hampton
    • Hampton [Whatcom County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hampton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hampton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hampton
  • Nooksack [Whatcom County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nooksack
    • Nooksack [Whatcom County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 159 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,659 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Nooksack had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nooksack have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nooksack
  • Everson [Whatcom County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Everson
    • Everson [Whatcom County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,888 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Everson had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Everson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Everson<3>
  • Lynden [Whatcom County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynden
    • Lynden [Whatcom County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 560 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,408 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lynden had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynden
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lynden<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Goshen [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goshen
      • Goshen [Whatcom County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Goshen had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goshen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goshen
    • Delta [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Delta
      • Delta [Whatcom County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Sumas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Delta had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Delta have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delta
    • Wahl [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wahl
      • Wahl [Whatcom County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wahl had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wahl have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wahl
    • Deming [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deming
      • Deming [Whatcom County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Deming had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deming
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deming<3>
    • Welcome [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Welcome
      • Welcome [Whatcom County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Welcome had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Welcome have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Welcome
    • Laurel [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel
      • Laurel [Whatcom County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Laurel had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel
    • Van Wyck [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Van Wyck
      • Van Wyck [Whatcom County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumas
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Van Wyck had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Van Wyck have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Van Wyck
    • Custer [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Custer
      • Custer [Whatcom County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Sumas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 45 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Custer had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Custer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Custer<3>
    • Silver Beach [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Beach
      • Silver Beach [Whatcom County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Sumas
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Silver Beach had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Beach

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Sumas. See our List of 1890's Communities around Sumas.

Mentions & References for Sumas

Communities in Washington

About Whatcom County

About Washington

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

The official website for Whatcom County: www.co.whatcom.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sumas) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sumas. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SumasOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sumas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 49.0001, Longitude: -122.2650    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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: findagrave.com.
<5>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 Sumas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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