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Our Genealogy Helper for Nelson ...

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 Nelson (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 Nelson. 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.

Nelson is located in Kittitas County.

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 Kittitas County: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, King, Pierce & Yakima.

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

  • Kittitas County     (The home county of Nelson)
    • Ronald [Kittitas County]
    • Roslyn [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roslyn
      • Roslyn [Kittitas County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 972 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roslyn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roslyn<2>
    • South Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
    • Pine Glen [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Glen
      • Pine Glen [Kittitas County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Nelson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Glen
    • Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cle Elum
      • Cle Elum [Kittitas County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,098 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cle Elum
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cle Elum<2>
    • Easton [Kittitas County]
    • Cabin Creek [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cabin Creek
      • Cabin Creek [Kittitas County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Nelson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cabin Creek
    • Teanaway [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Teanaway
      • Teanaway [Kittitas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Nelson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Teanaway have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Teanaway
    • Martin [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin
      • Martin [Kittitas County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Nelson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin
    • Liberty [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty
      • Liberty [Kittitas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Nelson
      • Former names for Liberty:
      • Meaghersville
      • Williams Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty
    • Thorp [Kittitas County]
    • Snoqualmie Pass [Kittitas County]
    • Ellensburg [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellensburg
      • Ellensburg [Kittitas County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,576 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellensburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellensburg<2>
  • Chelan County
    • Dryden [Chelan County]
    • Leavenworth [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leavenworth
      • Leavenworth [Chelan County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,348 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leavenworth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leavenworth<2>
    • Peshastin [Chelan County]
    • Cashmere [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cashmere
      • Cashmere [Chelan County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,160 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cashmere
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cashmere<2>
    • Monitor [Chelan County]
    • Wenatchee [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenatchee
      • Wenatchee [Chelan County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,219 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenatchee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wenatchee<2>
  • Douglas County
    • East Wenatchee [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Wenatchee
      • East Wenatchee [Douglas County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Nelson
      • 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<2>
  • King County
    • Lester [King County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
      • Lester [King County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Nelson
    • Skykomish [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skykomish
      • Skykomish [King County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 219 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Skykomish
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Skykomish<2>
    • North Bend [King County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Bend
      • North Bend [King County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,590 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Bend
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for North Bend<2>
  • Pierce County
  • Yakima County
    • Naches [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naches
      • Naches [Yakima County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 841 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Naches
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Naches<2>
    • Tieton [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tieton
      • Tieton [Yakima County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,316 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tieton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tieton<2>
    • Cowiche [Yakima County]

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

Newspapers Published in Nelson ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nelson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Nelson, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Nelson.

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 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 Nelson:

  • 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 Nelson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nelson.

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

  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery
  • Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery
  • Swauk Prairie Cemetery
  • Thorp - Splawn Pioneer Cemetery
  • Peterson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Peterson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Peterson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Peterson Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Nelson.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peterson Cemetery
  • Thorp Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Thorp Cemetery
    • Thorp Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thorp Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Cross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Holy Cross Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Cross Cemetery
    • IOOF Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the IOOF Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the IOOF Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • IOOF Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on IOOF 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, Nelson had railroad service and no post office.

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

  • Nelson [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nelson
    • Nelson [Kittitas County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Nelson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Nelson had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nelson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nelson
  • Roslyn [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roslyn
    • Roslyn [Kittitas County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Nelson
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,484 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 972 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Roslyn had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roslyn
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roslyn<2>
  • Ronald [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ronald
    • Ronald [Kittitas County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Nelson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ronald had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ronald
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ronald<2>
  • Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cle Elum
    • Cle Elum [Kittitas County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Nelson
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 243 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,098 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cle Elum had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cle Elum
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cle Elum<2>
  • Easton [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Easton
    • Easton [Kittitas County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Nelson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Easton had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Easton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Easton<2>
  • Teanaway [Kittitas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Teanaway
    • Teanaway [Kittitas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Nelson
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 39 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Teanaway had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Teanaway have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Teanaway
  • Continue List ...
    • Martin [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin
      • Martin [Kittitas County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Nelson
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Martin had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin
    • Thorp [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thorp
      • Thorp [Kittitas County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Thorp had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thorp
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thorp<2>
    • Lester [King County] - Historic
      • While Lester was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
      • Lester [King County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Nelson
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lester had railroad service and no post office
    • Wenas [Yakima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenas
      • Wenas [Yakima County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Wenas had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wenas have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenas
    • Ellensburg [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellensburg
      • Ellensburg [Kittitas County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,768 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,576 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ellensburg had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellensburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellensburg<2>
    • Holmes [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holmes
      • Holmes [Kittitas County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Nelson
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Holmes had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holmes have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holmes

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Nelson ...

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

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.

Note for Nelson:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned

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

Communities in Washington

About Kittitas County

About Washington

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

The official website for Kittitas County: www.co.kittitas.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 '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- Nelson) 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 Nelson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from NelsonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nelson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.1935, Longitude: -121.0537       In this case, the coordinates for Nelson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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>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 Nelson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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