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Our Genealogical Helper for Anacortes ...

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 Anacortes (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 Anacortes. 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of Anacortes ...

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 100 newspapers that have been published in the area around Anacortes.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Anacortes. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Anacortes and those printed in the larger area surrounding Anacortes.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 23 miles [37 km]<1> of Anacortes.

Cemeteries Near Anacortes ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Anacortes.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Bay View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Bow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Olga - Doe Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  S Maple Leaf Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hawthorne Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Green Hills Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lopez Union Cemetery   [Map]     


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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Anacortes had a population of 1,131 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Anacortes had a population of 16,953 people.

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

Guemes   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Anacortes
 - Guemes had a post office and no railroad service
Gibraltar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Anacortes
 - Gibraltar had a post office and no railroad service
Bay View   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Anacortes
 - 1895 population of 111 people
 - Bay View had a post office and no railroad service
Whitney   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Anacortes
 - Whitney had railroad service and no post office
Fredonia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Anacortes
 - Fredonia had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur Island   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Anacortes
 - Decatur Island had a post office and no railroad service
La Conner   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Anacortes
 - 1895 population of 398 people (with 939 people in 2017)
 - La Conner had a post office and no railroad service
Samish   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Anacortes
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Samish 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 Anacortes. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Anacortes 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 and hospitals 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.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Anacortes is located in Skagit County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Skagit County: Chelan, Island, Okanogan, San Juan, Snohomish & Whatcom.

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

Skagit     (The home county for Anacortes)
      Alexander Beach   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Similk Beach   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bay View   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Snee Oosh   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Edison   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Urban   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Swinomish Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      La Conner   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bow   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shelter Bay   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fish Town   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sequim   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bell Hill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blyn   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carlsborg   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      River Road   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Harbor   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coupeville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Juniper Beach   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camano   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenbank   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Diana   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Freeland   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Langley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Port Townsend   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marrowstone   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nordland   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adelma Beach   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Port Hadlock-Irondale   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Port Hadlock   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gardiner   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chimacum   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaver Valley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Port Ludlow   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Juan
      Decatur Island   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Olga   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lopez Island   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lopez   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Orcas   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shaw Island   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eastsound   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Friday Harbor   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Deer Harbor   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      False Bay   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waldron   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Roche Harbor   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Utsalady   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake Ketchum   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Stanwood   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanwood   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Warm Beach   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Silvana   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McKees Beach   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake Goodwin   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cathan   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lakewood   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smokey Point   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chuckanut Village   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lummi Island   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bellingham   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sudden Valley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lummi   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ferndale   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clipper   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Birch Bay   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Custer   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deming   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Anacortes:

These websites are specific to Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Washington State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Washington to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Skagit County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clallam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Island County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Juan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Snohomish County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whatcom County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Disaster Stories from Washington
Also see Diaster Stories for ...
      British Columbia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Anacortes ...

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

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Anacortes:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Anacortes in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Anacortes for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Anacortes.
      See our Misc Page for Anacortes for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Washington

About Skagit County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Anacortes:

The official website for Skagit County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Anacortes. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Anacortes) 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 Anacortes. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Anacortes

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anacortes. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.5126, Longitude: -122.6126     [Map].

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

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