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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunshine ...

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 Sunshine (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 Sunshine. 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 Sunshine ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunshine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunshine, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunshine.

Cemeteries Near Sunshine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunshine.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Pullman City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Pitts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blaine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Cordelia Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Buchanan Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SE Genesee Valley Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis 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 in 1895, Sunshine had railroad service and no post office.

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

Pullman Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Sunshine
 - Pullman Junction had railroad service and no post office
 
Whelan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunshine
 - Whelan had a post office and railroad service
 
Staley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Staley had a post office and railroad service
 
Moscow (ID)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 1,139 people (with 25,146 people in 2017)
 - Moscow had a post office and railroad service
 
Pullman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 868 people (with 33,354 people in 2017)
 - Pullman had a post office and railroad service
 
Johnson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunshine
 - Johnson had a post office and railroad service
 
Fallon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Sunshine
 - Fallon had railroad service and no post office
 
Viola (ID)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Viola 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 Sunshine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunshine 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Sunshine is located in Whitman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Whitman County: Benewah (ID), Latah (ID), Nez Perce (ID), Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln & Spokane.

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

  DirectionDistance
Whitman     (The home county for Sunshine)
      Pullman   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chambers   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Albion   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Colton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Palouse   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grinnell   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elberton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garfield   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Steptoe   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Asotin
      Clarkston   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Clarkston-Highland   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clarkston Heights-Vineland   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Asotin   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anatone   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Garfield
      Gould City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pataha   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pomeroy   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Spokane
      Latah   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Benewah (ID)
      De Smet (ID)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tensed (ID)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Clearwater (ID)
      Ahsahka (ID)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Latah (ID)
      Moscow (ID)   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Viola (ID)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Genesee (ID)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Troy (ID)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Potlatch (ID)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Onaway (ID)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Princeton (ID)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Juliaetta (ID)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kendrick (ID)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harvard (ID)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Deary (ID)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bovill (ID)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Lewis (ID)
      Slickpoo (ID)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reubens (ID)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winchester (ID)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Nez Perce (ID)
      North Lapwai (ID)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lewiston (ID)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Spalding (ID)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lapwai (ID)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cameron (ID)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lenore (ID)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Culdesac (ID)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cavendish (ID)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peck (ID)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Sunshine:

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 Whitman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Asotin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garfield County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Spokane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Benewah County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clearwater County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Latah County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nez Perce County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sunshine ...

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

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 Sunshine:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sunshine.
      See our Misc Page for Sunshine for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Whitman County: www.whitmancounty.org/

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Sunshine. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunshine) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunshine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.7196, Longitude: -117.0960     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunshine 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: 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 Sunshine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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