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Our Genealogical Helper for Gardenville ...

So far, we have found very little information about Gardenville.<1>

The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<2>

We've added Gardenville to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Gardenville, please Contact Us.

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 Gardenville (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 Gardenville. 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.

Cemeteries Near Gardenville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gardenville.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles<3>  
  W Puyallup Tribal Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  NE Georges Cemetery [Map]     King County  
  NNE Gethsemane Cemetery [Map]     King County  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Firwood Indian Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Woodbine Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  ESE Sumner Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Tacoma Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  WSW Oakwood Hill Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  WSW Pauper Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  NE Auburn Cemetery [Map]     King County  
  NE Mountain View Cemetery [Map]     King County  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Calvary Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  WSW Old Pioneer Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  WSW Mtn. View Memorial Park [Map]     Pierce County  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Home of Peace Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  SSW Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  SSW Trinity Lutheran Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  ENE White Lake Cemetery [Map]     King County  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Tacoma Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  WSW Byrd Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  NNW Penbrock Cemetery [Map]     King County  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Ft. Steilacoom Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  WSW Western State Hospital Memorial Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  SW Old Settlers Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  SSW Spanaway Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  
  SSW Fir Lane Memorial Park [Map]     Pierce County  
  E Lk. Tapps Pioneer Cemetery [Map]     Pierce County  

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Can You Help With These Cemeteries ...

We're always in search of cemeteries, whether it's still active or long abandoned and largely forgotten. When we find mention of a cemetery, we add it with the hope that we'll be able to provide more detail in the future.

We believe that the following cemeteries can be found in Pierce County, but we don't have their location (or it may be that we have the name wrong). If you can help us with any of these cemeteries or have one that we should add, please contact us.

Home Cemetery 
Rock Creek Cemetery 

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.

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

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

Tacoma   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Gardenville
 - 1895 population of 36,006 people (with 205,159 people in 2014)
 - Tacoma had a post office and railroad service
Puyallup   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gardenville
 - 1895 population of 1,732 people (with 39,105 people in 2014)
 - Puyallup had a post office and railroad service
Excelsior   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gardenville
 - Excelsior had a post office and no railroad service
Fern Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gardenville
 - Fern Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Midland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gardenville
 - Midland had a post office and no railroad service
Meeker   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gardenville
 - Meeker had railroad service and no post office
Sumner   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gardenville
 - 1895 population of 580 people (with 9,677 people in 2014)
 - Sumner had a post office and railroad service
Stuck   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gardenville
 - Stuck had a post office and no railroad service
Buenna   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Gardenville
 - Buenna had a post office and no railroad service
Parkland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gardenville
 - Parkland 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 Gardenville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gardenville 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Gardenville is historic, it would have been located within present day Pierce County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pierce County: King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Thurston & Yakima.

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

Pierce     (The home county for Gardenville)
      Fife   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Edgewood   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Milton   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Northeast Tacoma   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Waller   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Firwood - Historic   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tacoma   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      North Puyallup   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Puyallup   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dash Point   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Midland   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Brinnon   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pacific   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Algona   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Redondo   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Woodmont Beach   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tahlequah   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lea Hill   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Des Moines   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      North Hill   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lake Morton-Berrydale   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Olalla   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Southworth   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      South Colby   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      South Park Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Port Orchard   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Parkwood   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Ward   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Port Orchard   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Retsil   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mineral   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grapeview   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Allyn   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tahuya   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shelton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lilliwaup   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hoodsport   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Potlatch   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Skokomish   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brier   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Esperance   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountlake Terrace   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodway   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Canyon Park   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Edmonds   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lynnwood   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alderwood Manor   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Echo Lake   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Maltby   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Creek   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Yelm   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lacey   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bucoda   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, UsGenWeb Project, or Genealogy Trails. These user-friendly 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 it should be mentioned that 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 Gardenville:

For pages that are specific to Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

These pages are specific to Pierce County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
King County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kitsap County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Snohomish County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Stories from Washington

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Washington

About Pierce County

Find a Community located in Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Pierce County

While Gardenville is historic, the Panormaio website has a photo collection that might have pictures from the area where Gardenville was located:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Gardenville and then turned west". While Gardenville could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Gardenville as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Gardenville could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Washington community named Gardenville.

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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 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 Gardenville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Gardenville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gardenville) 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 Gardenville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gardenville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gardenville. The point that we use is located at the coordinates of 47.2430, -122.3569   [Map].

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gardenville.


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