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Our Genealogy Helper for Ritzville ...

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 Ritzville (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 Ritzville. 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 northeast 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 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.

Ritzville is located in Adams 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 Adams County: Franklin, Grant, Lincoln & Whitman.

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

  • Adams County     (The home county of Ritzville)
    • Lind [Adams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lind
      • Lind [Adams County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 555 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lind
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lind<2>
    • Washtucna [Adams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Washtucna
      • Washtucna [Adams County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 204 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washtucna
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Washtucna<2>
    • Cunningham [Adams County]
    • Hatton [Adams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hatton
      • Hatton [Adams County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 106 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hatton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hatton<2>
  • Franklin County
    • Kahlotus [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kahlotus
      • Kahlotus [Franklin County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 192 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kahlotus
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kahlotus<2>
    • Connell [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Connell
      • Connell [Franklin County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,503 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Connell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Connell<2>
  • Grant County
    • Ruff [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruff
      • Ruff [Grant County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Ritzville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruff
    • Warden [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Warden
      • Warden [Grant County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,834 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Warden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Warden<2>
    • Krupp [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Krupp
      • Krupp [Grant County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 51 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Krupp
    • Wilson Creek [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilson Creek
      • Wilson Creek [Grant County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 214 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilson Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wilson Creek<2>
  • Lincoln County
    • Mohler [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mohler
      • Mohler [Lincoln County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Ritzville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mohler
    • Odessa [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Odessa
      • Odessa [Lincoln County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 900 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Odessa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Odessa<2>
    • Sprague [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sprague
      • Sprague [Lincoln County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 468 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sprague
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sprague<2>
    • Harrington [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrington
      • Harrington [Lincoln County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 422 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harrington<2>
    • Bluestem [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluestem
      • Bluestem [Lincoln County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ritzville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluestem
    • Edwall [Lincoln County]
    • Davenport [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Davenport
      • Davenport [Lincoln County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,756 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Davenport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Davenport<2>
  • Whitman County
    • Lamont [Whitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lamont
      • Lamont [Whitman County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 72 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lamont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lamont<2>
    • Hooper [Whitman County]
    • LaCrosse [Whitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for LaCrosse
      • LaCrosse [Whitman County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 310 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on LaCrosse
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for LaCrosse<2>
    • Endicott [Whitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Endicott
      • Endicott [Whitman County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 295 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Endicott
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Endicott<2>
    • Saint John [Whitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint John
      • Saint John [Whitman County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Ritzville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 547 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint John
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint John<2>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ritzville ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ritzville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 Ritzville:

  • 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 Ritzville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ritzville.

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

  • Memorial Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Memorial Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Memorial Cemetery
  • Ritzville Memorial Cemetery
  • Paha Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Paha Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Paha Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Paha Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paha Cemetery
  • Bemis Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bemis Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bemis Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Bemis Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Ritzville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bemis Cemetery
  • Lind Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lind Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lind Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lind Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lind Cemetery
  • Odessa Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Odessa Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Odessa Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Odessa Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Ritzville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Odessa Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Lake View Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lake View Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lake View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lake View Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Ritzville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake View Cemetery
    • Macabee Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Macabee Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Macabee Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Macabee Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Ritzville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Macabee Cemetery
    • Grisham Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Grisham Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Grisham Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Grisham Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Ritzville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grisham Cemetery
    • Delight Cemetery
    • Ammaus Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ammaus Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ammaus Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ammaus Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Ritzville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ammaus Cemetery
    • Kansas Prairie Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kansas Prairie Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kansas Prairie Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Kansas Prairie Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kansas Prairie Cemetery
    • Washtucna Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
    • Caylor Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Caylor Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Caylor Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Caylor Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Ritzville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caylor Cemetery
    • Sassin Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sassin Cemetery
      • Sassin Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Ritzville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sassin 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 Ritzville had a population of 619 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Ritzville had a population of 1,641 people.

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

  • Ritzville [Adams County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ritzville
    • Ritzville [Adams County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Ritzville
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 619 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,641 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ritzville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ritzville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ritzville<2>
  • Paha [Adams County] - Historic
    • While Paha was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paha
    • Paha [Adams County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Paha had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paha have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Bemis [Adams County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bemis
    • Bemis [Adams County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Ritzville
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bemis had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bemis have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bemis
  • Lind [Adams County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lind
    • Lind [Adams County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 555 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lind had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lind
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lind<2>
  • Fletcher [Adams County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fletcher
    • Fletcher [Adams County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Ritzville
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Fletcher had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fletcher have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fletcher
  • Providence [Adams County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Providence
    • Providence [Adams County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Ritzville
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Providence had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Providence have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Providence
  • Continue List ...
    • Sprague [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sprague
      • Sprague [Lincoln County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Ritzville
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,689 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 468 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Sprague had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sprague
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sprague<2>
    • Washtucna [Adams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Washtucna
      • Washtucna [Adams County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Ritzville
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 20 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 204 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Washtucna had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washtucna
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Washtucna<2>
    • Harrington [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrington
      • Harrington [Lincoln County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Ritzville
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 29 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 422 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Harrington had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harrington<2>
    • Hooper [Whitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hooper
      • Hooper [Whitman County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Ritzville
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hooper had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hooper
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hooper<2>
    • Sutton [Whitman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sutton
      • Sutton [Whitman County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Ritzville
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sutton had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sutton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sutton
    • Earl [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Earl
      • Earl [Lincoln County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Ritzville
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 21 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Earl had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Earl have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Earl

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ritzville ...

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

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.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Ritzville:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Adams County: www.co.adams.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Ritzville) 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 Ritzville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RitzvilleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ritzville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.1276, Longitude: -118.3800    
<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 Ritzville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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