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Our Genealogical Helper for Thiel ...

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 Thiel (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 Thiel. 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 Thiel ...

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 123 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thiel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thiel, 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 Thiel.

Cemeteries Near Thiel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thiel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Valley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blue Mountain Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SE Ft. Walla Walla Military Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSE Ford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NNE Ivy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SSE Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SSE Bowlus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  ENE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  SSW Helix 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 Thiel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thiel.

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

Rulo   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thiel
 - Rulo had railroad service and no post office
Hadley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thiel
 - Hadley had railroad service and no post office
Valley Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Thiel
 - Valley Grove had a post office and railroad service
Berryman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thiel
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Berryman had a post office and no railroad service
Climax   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Thiel
 - Climax had railroad service and no post office
Walla Walla   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thiel
 - 1895 population of 4,709 people (with 32,854 people in 2017)
 - Walla Walla had a post office and railroad service
Touchet   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thiel
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Touchet had a post office and railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thiel
 - Eureka 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 Thiel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thiel 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 doctors 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.

Thiel is located in Walla Walla County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walla Walla County: Umatilla (OR), Benton, Columbia & Franklin.

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

Walla Walla     (The home county for Thiel)
      College Place   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Garrett   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lowden   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Paddock   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mojonnier   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Walla Walla   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Calhounville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Touchet   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Prescott   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dixie   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Waitsburg   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Wallula   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Finley   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kennewick   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richland   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grange City - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Starbuck   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ainsworth Junction   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pasco   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eltopia   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Pasco   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kahlotus   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mesa   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Connell   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Umatilla (OR)
      Umapine (OR)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Milton-Freewater (OR)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Helix (OR)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Athena (OR)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weston (OR)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adams (OR)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bingham Springs (OR)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tollgate (OR)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cayuse (OR)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirkpatrick (OR)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mission (OR)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Riverside (OR)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Thiel:

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 Walla Walla County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Umatilla County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Walla Walla County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Walla Walla 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walla Walla 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 that starts in Thiel. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Thiel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thiel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.1401, Longitude: -118.4916     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thiel 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 Thiel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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