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Our Genealogy Helper for Saco ...

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 Saco (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 Saco. 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.

Saco is located in Phillips County.

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 Phillips County: Blaine, Fergus, Garfield, Petroleum & Valley.

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

  • Phillips County     (The home county of Saco)
    • Whitewater [Phillips County]
    • Malta [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Malta
      • Malta [Phillips County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Saco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,843 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Malta have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Malta
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Malta<2>
    • Loring [Phillips County]
  • Valley County
    • Hinsdale [Valley County]
    • Vandalia [Valley County]
    • Saint Marie [Valley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Marie
      • Saint Marie [Valley County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Saco
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Marie have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Marie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Marie<2>
    • Glasgow [Valley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glasgow
      • Glasgow [Valley County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Saco
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,315 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glasgow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glasgow<2>

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

Newspapers Published in Saco ...

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 Saco.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saco, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saco.

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 Saco:

  • 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 Saco ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saco.

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

  • Grandview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Grandview Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Grandview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grandview Cemetery
  • Bowdoin Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bowdoin Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bowdoin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Bowdoin Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Saco.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowdoin Cemetery
  • Hillview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hillview Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hillview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hillview Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Saco.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillview Cemetery
  • Forks Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Forks Cemetery
    • Forks Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Saco.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forks Cemetery
  • Phillips County Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Phillips County Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Phillips County Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Phillips County Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Saco.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phillips County Cemetery
  • Malta City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Malta City Cemetery
    • Malta City Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Saco.
    • Malta City Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Malta Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Malta City Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Scandia Lutheran Church Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Scandia Lutheran Church Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Scandia Lutheran Church Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Scandia Lutheran Church Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Saco.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scandia Lutheran Church 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 Saco in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Saco.

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

  • Beaverton [Valley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaverton
    • Beaverton [Valley County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Saco
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Beaverton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beaverton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaverton
  • Hinsdale [Valley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinsdale
    • Hinsdale [Valley County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Saco
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hinsdale had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hinsdale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hinsdale<2>
  • Vandalia [Valley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vandalia
    • Vandalia [Valley County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Saco
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Vandalia had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vandalia
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vandalia<2>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Saco ...

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

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

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

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

Railroad Mentions for Saco:

A scheduled stop for the Western Star: From Great Northern's timetable for the defunct Western Star (train schedule from 1966). The Western Star travelled between Chicago (IL) and Seattle (WA)

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Phillips County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Saco) 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 Saco. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SacoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saco. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.4569, Longitude: -107.3420    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<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 Saco, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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