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Our Genealogical Helper for Terrace Heights ...

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 Terrace Heights (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 Terrace Heights. 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.

Name Variations for Terrace Heights ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Terrace Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Terrace Heights: Terrace Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Terrace Heights ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Terrace Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Terrace Heights, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Terrace Heights.

Cemeteries Near Terrace Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Terrace Heights.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Terrace Heights Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tahoma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Yemowat Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W West Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  WSW Sloutier Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Emeunot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WSW Saluskin 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 Terrace Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Terrace Heights.

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

Yakima   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Terrace Heights
 - 1895 population of 196 people (with 93,667 people in 2017)
 - Yakima had a post office and railroad service
Moxee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Terrace Heights
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 4,032 people in 2017)
 - Moxee had a post office and no railroad service
Selah   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Terrace Heights
 - Selah had railroad service and no post office
Parker   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Terrace Heights
 - Parker had railroad service and no post office
Ahtanum   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Terrace Heights
 - Ahtanum had a post office and no railroad service
Roza   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Terrace Heights
 - Roza had railroad service and no post office
Cowiche   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Terrace Heights
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Cowiche had a post office and no railroad service
Toppenish   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Terrace Heights
 - Toppenish had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Terrace Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Terrace Heights 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Terrace Heights is located in Yakima County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Yakima County: Benton, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Pierce & Skamania.

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

Yakima     (The home county for Terrace Heights)
      Union Gap   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Yakima   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Moxee City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Moxee   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Broadway   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Selah   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fruitvale   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Parker   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Valley   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gleed   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ahtanum   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Summitview   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Desert Aire   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mattawa   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wanapum Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillside Siding   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kittitas   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ellensburg   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vantage   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thorp   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluelight   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Terrace Heights:

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 Yakima County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kittitas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Klickitat County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Washington

About Yakima County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Yakima County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Terrace Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.6062, Longitude: -120.4398     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Terrace Heights 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 Terrace Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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