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Our Genealogy Helper for Kalispell ...

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 Kalispell (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 Kalispell. 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 and hospitals 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.

Kalispell is located in Flathead County and is the County Seat.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Flathead County: Glacier, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Sanders & Teton.

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

  • Flathead County     (The home county of Kalispell)
    • Evergreen [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen
      • Evergreen [Flathead County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Evergreen<3>
    • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Hill Village
      • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest Hill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Hill Village
    • Creston [Flathead County]
    • Kila [Flathead County]
    • Rhodes [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodes
      • Rhodes [Flathead County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Kalispell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhodes
    • Somers [Flathead County]
    • Halfmoon [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halfmoon
      • Halfmoon [Flathead County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halfmoon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halfmoon
    • Columbia Falls [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbia Falls
      • Columbia Falls [Flathead County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Kalispell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,209 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbia Falls
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbia Falls<3>
    • Lakeside [Flathead County]
    • Whitefish [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitefish
      • Whitefish [Flathead County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Kalispell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,713 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitefish
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitefish<3>
    • Bigfork [Flathead County]
    • Hungry Horse [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hungry Horse
      • Hungry Horse [Flathead County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hungry Horse have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hungry Horse
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hungry Horse<3>
    • Bear Creek Village [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bear Creek Village
      • Bear Creek Village [Flathead County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Kalispell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bear Creek Village
  • Lake County
    • Lake Mary Ronan [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Mary Ronan
      • Lake Mary Ronan [Lake County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Kalispell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Mary Ronan
    • Woods Bay [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woods Bay
      • Woods Bay [Lake County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woods Bay have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woods Bay
    • Proctor [Lake County]
    • Rollins [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rollins
      • Rollins [Lake County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rollins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rollins
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rollins<3>
    • Dayton [Lake County]
    • Bear Dance [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bear Dance
      • Bear Dance [Lake County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Kalispell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bear Dance
    • Elmo [Lake County]
    • Big Arm [Lake County]
    • Swan Lake [Lake County]
    • Kings Point [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kings Point
      • Kings Point [Lake County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kings Point have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kings Point
    • Polson [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polson
      • Polson [Lake County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Kalispell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,181 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Polson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Polson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Polson<3>
  • Lincoln County
  • Sanders County
    • Niarada [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Niarada
      • Niarada [Sanders County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Niarada have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Niarada
    • Lonepine [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonepine
      • Lonepine [Sanders County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lonepine have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonepine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lonepine<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Kalispell ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Kalispell.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Kalispell. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Kalispell and those printed in the larger area surrounding Kalispell.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 36 miles [57.9 km] of Kalispell.

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 helpful 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 Kalispell:

  • 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 Montana

Cemeteries Near Kalispell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Kalispell.

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

  • C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery
  • Conrad Memorial Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Conrad Memorial Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Conrad Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Conrad Memorial Cemetery
  • Demersville Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Demersville Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Demersville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Demersville Cemetery
  • Glacier Memorial Gardens
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Glacier Memorial Gardens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Glacier Memorial Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glacier Memorial Gardens
  • Trinity Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Trinity Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Trinity Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity Cemetery
  • Spring Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spring Creek Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spring Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Creek Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Fairview Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fairview Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fairview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Fairview Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Kalispell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairview Cemetery
    • Bethel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bethel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bethel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Bethel Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Kalispell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bethel Cemetery
    • Creston Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Creston Cemetery
      • Creston Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Kalispell.
      • Creston Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Creston Community Cemetery
      • Union Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Creston Cemetery
    • St. Richard Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Richard Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Richard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • St. Richard Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Kalispell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Richard Cemetery
    • Lone Pine Cemetery
    • Soldiers Home Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Soldiers Home Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Soldiers Home Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Soldiers Home Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Kalispell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soldiers Home Cemetery
    • Woodlawn Cemetery
    • Whitefish Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Whitefish Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Whitefish Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Whitefish Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Kalispell.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitefish Cemetery
    • Bigfork Community Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bigfork Community Cemetery
      • Bigfork Community Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Kalispell.
      • Bigfork Community Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Big Fork Community Cemetery
      • Swan View Memorial Gardens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bigfork Community 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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Kalispell had a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Kalispell had a population of 25,329 people.

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

  • Kalispell [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalispell
    • Kalispell [Flathead County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Kalispell
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,329 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kalispell had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalispell
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalispell<3>
  • Holt [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holt
    • Holt [Flathead County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Kalispell
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Holt had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holt
  • Columbia Falls [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbia Falls
    • Columbia Falls [Flathead County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Kalispell
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,209 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Columbia Falls had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbia Falls
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbia Falls<3>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Kalispell ...

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

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 Kalispell:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Montana

About Flathead County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Kalispell: www.kalispell.com/

The official website for Flathead County: www.co.flathead.mt.us/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Kalispell) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Kalispell. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from KalispellOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kalispell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.2021, Longitude: -114.3152    
<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 Kalispell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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