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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunnyside ...

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 Sunnyside (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 Sunnyside. 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 Sunnyside ...

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 209 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunnyside.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunnyside, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunnyside.

Cemeteries Near Sunnyside ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunnyside.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Fern Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Washougal Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belle Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Finn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evergreen Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Powell Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Corbett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pounder Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brush Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Columbia Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Escobar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Gresham Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gravel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel 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>

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

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

Fern Prairie   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Fern Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Washougal   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 103 people (with 15,711 people in 2017)
 - Washougal had a post office and no railroad service
Proebstel   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunnyside
 - Proebstel had a post office and no railroad service
Fisher   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Fisher had a post office and no railroad service
Fairview (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunnyside
 - Fairview had railroad service and no post office
Troutdale (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Sunnyside
 - Troutdale had railroad service and no post office
Mount Pleasant   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunnyside
 - Mount Pleasant had a post office and no railroad service
Hockinson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sunnyside
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Hockinson had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood (OR)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunnyside
 - Rockwood 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 Sunnyside. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunnyside 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.

Sunnyside is located in Clark County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clark County: Columbia (OR), Multnomah (OR), Cowlitz & Skamania.

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

Clark     (The home county for Sunnyside)
      Washougal   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Camas   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mill Plain   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Cascade Park East   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hockinson   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cascade Park West   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Orchards   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Venersborg   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brush Prairie   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Five Corners   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Homan   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ariel   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cougar   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kalama   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carrolls   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rose Valley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Skamania   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moffetts Hot Springs   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Bonneville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Carson   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hood   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clackamas (OR)
      Boring (OR)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Damascus (OR)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Happy Valley (OR)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sunnyside (OR)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sandy (OR)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carver (OR)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Clackamas (OR)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Milwaukie (OR)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Eagle Creek (OR)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Johnson City (OR)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oatfield (OR)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gladstone (OR)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Columbia (OR)
      Saint Helens (OR)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Warren (OR)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scappoose (OR)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Columbia City (OR)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Deer Island (OR)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prescott (OR)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver Springs (OR)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hood River (OR)
      Cascade Locks (OR)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Parkdale (OR)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odell (OR)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (OR)
      Butteville Station (OR) - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aurora (OR)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Butteville (OR)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Donald (OR)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Champoeg (OR) - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hubbard (OR)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Multnomah (OR)
      Troutdale (OR)   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wood Village (OR)   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fairview (OR)   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Corbett (OR)   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gresham (OR)   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Latourell (OR)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bridal Veil (OR)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hazelwood (OR)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Maywood Park (OR)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Portland (OR)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dodson (OR)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vanport City (OR) - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
Washington (OR)
      Raleigh Hills (OR)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Slope (OR)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Hills (OR)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Mill (OR)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Metzger (OR)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Marlene Village (OR)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Hills (OR)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Beaverton (OR)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tigard (OR)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Durham (OR)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rockcreek (OR)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aloha (OR)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Yamhill (OR)
      Newberg (OR)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dundee (OR)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Sunnyside:

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 Clark County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cowlitz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Skamania County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clackamas County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hood River County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Multnomah County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Yamhill County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Washington

About Clark County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clark 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 starts in Sunnyside. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunnyside) 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 Sunnyside. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sunnyside

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunnyside. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.6437, Longitude: -122.3720     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunnyside have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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