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Our Genealogy Helper for Galena ...

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 Galena (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 Galena. 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.

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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Galena is located in Blaine County.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blaine County: Bingham, Boise, Butte, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Lincoln, Minidoka & Power.

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

  • Blaine County     (The home county of Galena)
    • Boulder [Blaine County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boulder
      • Boulder [Blaine County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Galena
      • Boulder has also been known as:
      • Boulder Basin
    • Sawtooth City [Blaine County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sawtooth City
      • Sawtooth City [Blaine County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Galena
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sawtooth City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sawtooth City
    • Ketchum [Blaine County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ketchum
      • Ketchum [Blaine County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,910 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ketchum
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ketchum<3>
    • Sun Valley [Blaine County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sun Valley
      • Sun Valley [Blaine County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,503 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sun Valley<3>
    • Elkhorn Village [Blaine County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkhorn Village
      • Elkhorn Village [Blaine County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elkhorn Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkhorn Village
    • Triumph [Blaine County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Triumph
      • Triumph [Blaine County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Triumph have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Triumph
    • Hailey [Blaine County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hailey
      • Hailey [Blaine County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,887 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hailey have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hailey
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hailey<3>
    • Bellevue [Blaine County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellevue
      • Bellevue [Blaine County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,501 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bellevue have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellevue
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bellevue<3>
  • Camas County
    • Fairfield [Camas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfield
      • Fairfield [Camas County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Galena
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 403 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfield<3>
  • Custer County
    • Stanley [Custer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanley
      • Stanley [Custer County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Galena
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 68 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stanley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanley<3>
    • Clayton [Custer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clayton
      • Clayton [Custer County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Galena
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clayton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clayton<3>
  • Elmore County
    • Atlanta [Elmore County]
    • Alturas City [Elmore County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alturas City
      • Alturas City [Elmore County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Galena
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alturas City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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

Newspapers Published in Galena ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Galena.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Galena, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Galena.

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 websites either 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 Galena:

  • 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 Idaho

Cemeteries Near Galena ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Galena.

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

  • Galena Pioneer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Galena Pioneer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Galena Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galena Pioneer Cemetery
  • Sawtooth Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sawtooth Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sawtooth Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sawtooth Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Galena.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sawtooth Cemetery
  • Stanley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Stanley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Stanley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Stanley Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Galena.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanley 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.<4>

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

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

  • Ketchum [Blaine County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ketchum
    • Ketchum [Blaine County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 450 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,910 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ketchum had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ketchum
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ketchum<3>
  • Atlanta [Elmore County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atlanta
    • Atlanta [Elmore County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Galena
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 108 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Atlanta had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Atlanta
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Atlanta<3>
  • Triumph [Blaine County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Triumph
    • Triumph [Blaine County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Galena
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Triumph had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Triumph have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Triumph
  • Clayton [Custer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clayton
    • Clayton [Custer County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Galena
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 252 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Clayton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clayton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clayton<3>

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

Visit our Community Index for Idaho

About Blaine County

About Idaho

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

The official website for Blaine County: www.co.blaine.id.us/

The official website for State of Idaho: www.state.id.us/

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- Galena) 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 Galena. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from GalenaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Galena. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.8718, Longitude: -114.6554    
<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>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 Galena, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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