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Our Genealogy Helper for Green River ...

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 Green River (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Green River. 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.

Name Variations for Green River ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

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

For example, a typical abbreviation for Green River: Green Riv.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 and 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.

Green River is located in Sweetwater County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Wyoming's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sweetwater County: Moffat (CO), Daggett (UT), Summit (UT), Carbon, Fremont, Lincoln, Sublette & Uinta.

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

  • Sweetwater County     (The home county of Green River)
    • James Town [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for James Town
      • James Town [Sweetwater County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Green River
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on James Town
    • Purple Sage [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Purple Sage
      • Purple Sage [Sweetwater County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Green River
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Purple Sage
    • Clearview Acres [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clearview Acres
      • Clearview Acres [Sweetwater County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Green River
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clearview Acres
    • Bryan [Sweetwater County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bryan
      • Bryan [Sweetwater County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Green River
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bryan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Quealy [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quealy
      • Quealy [Sweetwater County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Green River
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quealy
    • North Rock Springs [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Rock Springs
      • North Rock Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Green River
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Rock Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Rock Springs
    • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Springs
      • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Green River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,943 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock Springs<3>
    • Arrowhead Springs [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arrowhead Springs
      • Arrowhead Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Green River
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arrowhead Springs
    • Reliance [Sweetwater County]
    • Westvaco [Sweetwater County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westvaco
      • Westvaco [Sweetwater County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Green River
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westvaco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Little America [Sweetwater County]
    • Sweeney Ranch [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweeney Ranch
      • Sweeney Ranch [Sweetwater County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Green River
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sweeney Ranch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sweeney Ranch
  • Daggett County (UT)
    • Manila [Daggett County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manila
      • Manila [Daggett County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Green River
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 335 people
      • Former names for Manila:
      • Chambers
      • Lewisallen
      • Lucerne
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manila
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manila<3>
    • Dutch John [Daggett County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Green River ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Green River.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Green River. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Green River and those printed in the larger area surrounding Green River.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km] of Green River.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Green River:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Utah
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Green River ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Green River.

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

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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Green River had a population of 723 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Green River had a population of 11,788 people.

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

  • Green River [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green River
    • Green River [Sweetwater County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Green River
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 723 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,788 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Green River had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green River
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green River<3>
  • Peru [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peru
    • Peru [Sweetwater County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Green River
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Peru had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peru have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peru
  • Bryan [Sweetwater County] - Historic
    • While Bryan was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bryan
    • Bryan [Sweetwater County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Green River
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bryan had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bryan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Springs
    • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Green River
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,406 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,943 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rock Springs had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock Springs<3>
  • Baxter [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baxter
    • Baxter [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Green River
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Baxter had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baxter have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baxter
  • Salt Wells [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salt Wells
    • Salt Wells [Sweetwater County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Green River
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Salt Wells had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salt Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salt Wells
  • Granger [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granger
    • Granger [Sweetwater County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Green River
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 128 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Granger had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granger
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granger<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Green River. See our List of 1890's Communities around Green River.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Green River ...

While our initial data about Green River came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Green River 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 Green River.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Green River:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Map of the Lincoln Highway (1915-1916)

Rand McNally Map of Wyoming (1925)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found Green River in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Green River for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Green River. See our Misc Page for Green River for more information.

Railroad Mentions for Green River:

The following mentioned Green River as a scheduled stop:

City of Los Angeles: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct City of Los Angeles (train schedule from 1938, 1956). The City of Los Angeles travelled between Chicago (IL) and Los Angeles (CA)

City of Portland: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct City of Portland (train schedule from 1936, 1956). The City of Portland travelled between Chicago (IL) and Portland (OR)

City of San Francisco: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct City of San Francisco (train schedule from 1938, 1957, 1969). The City of San Francisco travelled between Chicago (IL) and San Francisco (CA)

City of Saint Louis: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct City of Saint Louis (schedule from 1957, 1967). The City of Saint Louis travelled between Saint Louis (MO) and Los Angeles (CA)

Gold Coast Limited: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct Gold Coast Limited (schedule from 1951). The Gold Coast Limited travelled between Chicago (IL) and San Francisco (CA)

Idahoan: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct Idahoan (schedule from 1951). The Idahoan travelled between Chicago (IL) and Seattle (WA)

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Green River: www.cityofgreenriver.org/

The official website for Sweetwater County: www.co.sweet.wy.us/

The official website for State of Wyoming: www.wyo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Green River) 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 Green River. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Green RiverOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Green River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5181, Longitude: -109.4678    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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 Green River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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