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Our Genealogy Helper for Ephrata ...

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 Ephrata (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 Ephrata. 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 hospitals and 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.

Ephrata is located in Grant County and is the County Seat.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Grant County: Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan & Yakima.

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

  • Grant County     (The home county of Ephrata)
    • Lakeview [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeview
      • Lakeview [Grant County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakeview have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakeview
    • Soap Lake [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soap Lake
      • Soap Lake [Grant County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,608 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soap Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Soap Lake<3>
    • Stratford [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stratford
      • Stratford [Grant County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Ephrata
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stratford
    • Mae [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mae
      • Mae [Grant County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Ephrata
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mae
    • Quincy [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quincy
      • Quincy [Grant County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,387 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quincy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Quincy<3>
    • Cascade Valley [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cascade Valley
      • Cascade Valley [Grant County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cascade Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cascade Valley
    • Moses Lake [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moses Lake
      • Moses Lake [Grant County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24,274 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moses Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moses Lake<3>
    • Wilson Creek [Grant County]
    • George [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for George
      • George [Grant County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 517 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on George
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for George<3>
    • Coulee City [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coulee City
      • Coulee City [Grant County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 560 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coulee City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coulee City<3>
    • Banks Lake South [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banks Lake South
      • Banks Lake South [Grant County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Ephrata
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Banks Lake South
    • Krupp [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Krupp
      • Krupp [Grant County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 51 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Krupp
    • Marlin [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marlin
      • Marlin [Grant County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marlin
  • Adams County
    • Othello [Adams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Othello
      • Othello [Adams County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,454 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Othello
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Othello<3>
  • Chelan County
    • Malaga [Chelan County]
    • Wenatchee [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenatchee
      • Wenatchee [Chelan County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,219 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenatchee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wenatchee<3>
    • Chelan Falls [Chelan County]
    • Entiat [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Entiat
      • Entiat [Chelan County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,287 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Entiat
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Entiat<3>
  • Douglas County
    • Palisades [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palisades
      • Palisades [Douglas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Ephrata
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palisades
    • Rock Island [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Island
      • Rock Island [Douglas County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,310 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Island
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock Island<3>
    • Withrow [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Withrow
      • Withrow [Douglas County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Withrow
    • Mold [Douglas County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mold
      • Mold [Douglas County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Ephrata
    • Okanogan City [Douglas County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Okanogan City
      • Okanogan City [Douglas County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Okanogan City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Waterville [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waterville
      • Waterville [Douglas County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,197 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterville<3>
    • Mansfield [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mansfield
      • Mansfield [Douglas County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the north of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 337 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mansfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mansfield<3>
    • East Wenatchee [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Wenatchee
      • East Wenatchee [Douglas County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,012 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Wenatchee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Wenatchee<3>
    • Orondo [Douglas County]
  • Kittitas County
  • Lincoln County
    • Almira [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Almira
      • Almira [Lincoln County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 280 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Almira
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Almira<3>
    • Odessa [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Odessa
      • Odessa [Lincoln County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 900 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Odessa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Odessa<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ephrata ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ephrata.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ephrata. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ephrata and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ephrata.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Ephrata.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Ephrata:

  • 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 Washington

Cemeteries Near Ephrata ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ephrata.

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

  • Highland Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Highland Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Highland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Highland Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Ephrata.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highland Cemetery
  • Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery
  • Slack Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Slack Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Slack Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Slack Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Slack Cemetery
  • Happy Home Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Happy Home Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Happy Home Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Happy Home Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Happy Home Cemetery
  • Coulee City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Coulee City Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Coulee City Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Coulee City Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Ephrata.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coulee City Cemetery
  • Jameson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jameson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jameson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jameson Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Ephrata.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jameson Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • St. Andrews Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Andrews Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Andrews Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • St. Andrews Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Ephrata.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Andrews Cemetery
    • Danish Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Danish Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Danish Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Danish Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Ephrata.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Danish Cemetery
    • Schultz Memorial Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Schultz Memorial Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Schultz Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Schultz Memorial Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Schultz Memorial Cemetery
    • Pleasant Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Pleasant Valley Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Ephrata.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Valley Cemetery
    • Douglas Luthern Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Douglas Luthern Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Douglas Luthern Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Douglas Luthern Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Douglas Luthern Cemetery
    • Kappel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kappel Cemetery
      • Kappel Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kappel 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 Ephrata in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ephrata.

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

  • Saint Andrews [Douglas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Andrews
    • Saint Andrews [Douglas County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Ephrata
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Saint Andrews had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Andrews have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Andrews
  • Douglas [Douglas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Douglas
    • Douglas [Douglas County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Douglas had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Douglas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Douglas

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ephrata ...

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

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

Auto Trails Map of Washington (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Mobile Oil Map of Washington (1949)
Published by Mobile Oil Company

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

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

Railroad Mentions of Ephrata:

The following mentioned Ephrata 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 Washington

About Grant County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ephrata: www.ephrata.org/

The official website for Grant County: www.co.grant.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.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 from Point A (ie- Ephrata) 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 Ephrata. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from EphrataOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ephrata. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.3177, Longitude: -119.5538    
<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 Ephrata, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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