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Our Genealogy Helper for Whitefish ...

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 Whitefish (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 Whitefish. 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Whitefish is located in Flathead 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 Flathead County: Glacier, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Sanders & Teton.

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

  • Flathead County     (The home county of Whitefish)
    • Halfmoon [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halfmoon
      • Halfmoon [Flathead County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Whitefish
      • 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 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Whitefish
      • 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>
    • Rhodes [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodes
      • Rhodes [Flathead County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Whitefish
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhodes
    • Hungry Horse [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hungry Horse
      • Hungry Horse [Flathead County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Whitefish
      • 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>
    • Coram [Flathead County]
    • Martin City [Flathead County]
    • Evergreen [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen
      • Evergreen [Flathead County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish
      • 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>
    • Olney [Flathead County]
    • Kalispell [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalispell
      • Kalispell [Flathead County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,329 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalispell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalispell<3>
    • West Glacier [Flathead County]
    • Creston [Flathead County]
    • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Hill Village
      • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish
      • 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
  • Lake County
    • Proctor [Lake County]
    • Rollins [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rollins
      • Rollins [Lake County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish
      • 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]
    • Elmo [Lake County]
    • Swan Lake [Lake County]
  • Lincoln County

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Whitefish ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whitefish.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Whitefish. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Whitefish and those printed in the larger area surrounding Whitefish.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Whitefish.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Whitefish:

  • 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 Whitefish ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whitefish.

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

  • 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.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitefish 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 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Whitefish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Richard 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 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Whitefish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soldiers Home Cemetery
  • Woodlawn Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Woodlawn Cemetery
    • Woodlawn Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Whitefish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodlawn Cemetery
  • 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.
    • Trinity Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity 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.
    • Glacier Memorial Gardens lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glacier Memorial Gardens
  • Continue List ...
    • 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.
      • Spring Creek Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Creek Cemetery
    • 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 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Whitefish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairview Cemetery
    • 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.
      • Conrad Memorial Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish.
      • 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.
      • Demersville Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Demersville Cemetery
    • Creston Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Creston Cemetery
      • Creston Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Whitefish.
      • Creston Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Creston Community Cemetery
      • Union Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Creston 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 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bethel Cemetery
    • Lone Pine Cemetery
    • Bethany Lutheran 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>

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

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

  • Columbia Falls [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbia Falls
    • Columbia Falls [Flathead County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Whitefish
    • 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>
  • Kalispell [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalispell
    • Kalispell [Flathead County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Whitefish
    • 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 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Whitefish
    • 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

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whitefish ...

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

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

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

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

Railroad Mentions of Whitefish:

The following mentioned Whitefish as a scheduled stop:

Empire Builder: From Great Northern's timetable for the defunct Empire Builder (train schedule from 1947). The Empire Builder travelled between Chicago (IL) and Seattle (WA)

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Montana

About Flathead County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whitefish) 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 Whitefish. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WhitefishOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitefish. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.4107, Longitude: -114.3351    
<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 Whitefish, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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