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Our Genealogical Helper for Sumner ...

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 Sumner (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 Sumner. 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 Sumner ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sumner.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sumner. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sumner and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sumner.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of Sumner.

Cemeteries Near Sumner ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sumner.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Sumner Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Woodbine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Firwood Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Lake Tapps Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Georges Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE White Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Puyallup Tribal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Auburn Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Orting Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Soldiers Home Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Trinity Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilkeson Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilkeson Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Buckley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Enumclaw Municipal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Cross 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Sumner had a population of 580 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Sumner had a population of 10,093 people.

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

Puyallup   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sumner
 - 1895 population of 1,732 people (with 41,001 people in 2017)
 - Puyallup had a post office and railroad service
 
Meeker   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sumner
 - Meeker had railroad service and no post office
 
Alderton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Sumner
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Alderton had a post office and railroad service
 
Lake Tapps   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sumner
 - Lake Tapps had a post office and no railroad service
 
McMillin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sumner
 - McMillin had a post office and no railroad service
 
Stuck   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sumner
 - Stuck had a post office and no railroad service
 
Orting   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sumner
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 7,983 people in 2017)
 - Orting had a post office and railroad service
 
Midland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sumner
 - Midland 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 Sumner. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sumner 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 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.

Sumner is located in Pierce County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pierce County: King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Thurston & Yakima.

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

  DirectionDistance
Pierce     (The home county for Sumner)
      North Puyallup   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Alderton   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Puyallup   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lake Tapps   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Edgewood   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bonney Lake   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Firwood - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McMillin   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Hill   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fife   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Gardenville - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
 
King
      Pacific   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Algona   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lea Hill   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Osceola   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Redondo   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake Morton-Berrydale   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Enumclaw   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodmont Beach   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      One Hundred One Pines   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Covington   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Kitsap
      Olalla   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burley   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Southworth   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      South Colby   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      South Park Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Port Orchard   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Ward   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Parkwood   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Port Orchard   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Retsil   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Lewis
      Mineral   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Mason
      Grapeview   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Allyn   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tahuya   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shelton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Snohomish
      Brier   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Echo Lake   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Esperance   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountlake Terrace   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Thurston
      North Yelm   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kellys Korner   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lacey   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bucoda   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Sumner:

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 Pierce County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

King County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kitsap County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Snohomish County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Pierce County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Pierce 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sumner ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of Washington

About Pierce County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Sumner: www.ci.sumner.wa.us/

The official website for Pierce County: www.co.pierce.wa.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sumner. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.2053, Longitude: -122.2400     [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: findagrave.com.

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

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