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Our Genealogy Helper for Ocean Shores ...

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 Ocean Shores (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 Ocean Shores. 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.

Name Variations for Ocean Shores ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Ocean Shores: Ocean Shrs.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Ocean Shores is located in Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor County: Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific & Thurston.

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

  • Grays Harbor County     (The home county of Ocean Shores)
    • Oyehut [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oyehut
      • Oyehut [Grays Harbor County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Ocean Shores
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oyehut
    • Ocean City [Grays Harbor County]
    • Westport [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westport
      • Westport [Grays Harbor County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,119 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westport<2>
    • Gray Gables [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gray Gables
      • Gray Gables [Grays Harbor County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gray Gables have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gray Gables
    • Cohassett Beach [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cohassett Beach
      • Cohassett Beach [Grays Harbor County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Ocean Shores
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cohassett Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cohassett Beach
    • Grays Harbor City [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grays Harbor City
      • Grays Harbor City [Grays Harbor County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grays Harbor City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grays Harbor City
    • Copalis Beach [Grays Harbor County]
    • Copalis Crossing [Grays Harbor County]
    • Bay City [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bay City
      • Bay City [Grays Harbor County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bay City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bay City
    • Laidlow [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laidlow
      • Laidlow [Grays Harbor County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laidlow
    • Markham [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Markham
      • Markham [Grays Harbor County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Markham have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Markham
    • Grayland [Grays Harbor County]
  • Pacific County
    • Tokeland [Pacific County]
    • Bay Center [Pacific County]
    • South Bend [Pacific County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Bend
      • South Bend [Pacific County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,731 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Bend
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for South Bend<2>
    • Raymond [Pacific County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raymond
      • Raymond [Pacific County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,057 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raymond
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Raymond<2>
    • Oysterville [Pacific County]
    • Nahcotta [Pacific County]
    • Ocean Park [Pacific County]
    • Lebam [Pacific County]

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

Newspapers Published in Ocean Shores ...

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 80 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ocean Shores.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ocean Shores, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ocean Shores.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Ocean Shores:

  • 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 Ocean Shores ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ocean Shores.

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

  • Sunset Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sunset Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sunset Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sunset Memorial Park lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset Memorial Park
  • Fern Hill Cemetery
  • Forest Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Forest Hill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Forest Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Forest Hill Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Hill Cemetery
  • Wynooche Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Wynooche Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Wynooche Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Wynooche Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wynooche Cemetery
  • Washington Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Washington Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Washington Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Washington Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washington 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 Ocean Shores in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ocean Shores.

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

  • Ocosta [Grays Harbor County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ocosta
    • Ocosta [Grays Harbor County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ocosta had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ocosta have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ocosta
  • Markham [Grays Harbor County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Markham
    • Markham [Grays Harbor County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 38 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Markham had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Markham have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Markham
  • Hoquiam [Grays Harbor County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoquiam
    • Hoquiam [Grays Harbor County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,302 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,699 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hoquiam had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoquiam
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hoquiam<2>
  • Aberdeen [Grays Harbor County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aberdeen
    • Aberdeen [Grays Harbor County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,638 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,827 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Aberdeen had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aberdeen
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aberdeen<2>
  • South Aberdeen [Grays Harbor County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Aberdeen
    • South Aberdeen [Grays Harbor County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, South Aberdeen had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Aberdeen
  • Axford [Grays Harbor County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Axford
    • Axford [Grays Harbor County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Ocean Shores
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Axford had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Axford
  • Continue List ...
    • Cosmopolis [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cosmopolis
      • Cosmopolis [Grays Harbor County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 287 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,680 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Cosmopolis had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cosmopolis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cosmopolis<2>
    • Aberdeen Junction [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aberdeen Junction
      • Aberdeen Junction [Grays Harbor County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Aberdeen Junction had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aberdeen Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aberdeen Junction
    • Humptulips [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Humptulips
      • Humptulips [Grays Harbor County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Ocean Shores
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Humptulips had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Humptulips
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Humptulips<2>
    • Artic [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Artic
      • Artic [Grays Harbor County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Artic had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Artic have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Artic
    • North Cove [Pacific County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Cove
      • North Cove [Pacific County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Ocean Shores
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 46 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, North Cove had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Cove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Cove
    • Bay Center [Pacific County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bay Center
      • Bay Center [Pacific County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Ocean Shores
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 132 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bay Center had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bay Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bay Center<2>
    • Melbourne [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Melbourne
      • Melbourne [Grays Harbor County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 30 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Melbourne had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Melbourne
    • Montesano [Grays Harbor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montesano
      • Montesano [Grays Harbor County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Ocean Shores
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,632 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,074 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Montesano had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montesano
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montesano<2>
    • South Bend [Pacific County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Bend
      • South Bend [Pacific County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ocean Shores
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 68 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,731 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, South Bend had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Bend
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for South Bend<2>

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ocean Shores: www.osgov.com/

The official website for Grays Harbor County: www.co.grays-harbor.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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ocean Shores) 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 Ocean Shores. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ocean ShoresOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ocean Shores. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.9792, Longitude: -124.1592    
<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 Ocean Shores, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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