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Our Genealogical Helper for Thera ...

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 Thera (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 Thera. 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 Thera ...

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 83 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thera.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thera, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thera.

Cemeteries Near Thera ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thera.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Stipe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Colfax Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  W Winona Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSE Onecho Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SSE Moys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SSE Spalding Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  SE Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine City 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.<2>

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

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

Diamond   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Thera
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Diamond had a post office and railroad service
Mockonema   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thera
 - Mockonema had railroad service and no post office
Endicott   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Thera
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 305 people in 2017)
 - Endicott had a post office and railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Thera
 - 1895 population of 1,649 people (with 2,900 people in 2017)
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Steptoe   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thera
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Steptoe had a post office and no railroad service
Saint John   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Thera
 - Saint John had a post office and railroad service
Winona   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Thera
 - Winona had a post office and no railroad service
Glenwood   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Thera
 - Glenwood had railroad service and no post office

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

Thera 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 Thera. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Thera:

Whitman     (The home county for Thera)
      Endicott   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saint John   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Steptoe   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elberton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albion   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      LaCrosse   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine City - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakesdale   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garfield   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Malden   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grinnell   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Washtucna   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grange City - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Starbuck   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gould City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pataha   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pomeroy   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sprague   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Latah   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spangle   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cheney   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Benewah (ID)
      De Smet (ID)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tensed (ID)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Latah (ID)
      Viola (ID)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moscow (ID)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Onaway (ID)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Potlatch (ID)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Princeton (ID)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harvard (ID)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Troy (ID)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Genesee (ID)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites 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 Thera:

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:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garfield County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln 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    
Latah 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     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thera. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.9360, Longitude: -117.5546     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thera have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Thera, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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