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Our Genealogy Helper for Rock Island ...

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 Rock Island (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 Rock Island. 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 Rock Island ...

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 Rock Island: Rock Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Rock Island is located in Douglas 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 Douglas County: Chelan, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln & Okanogan.

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

  • Douglas County     (The home county of Rock Island)
    • East Wenatchee Bench [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Wenatchee Bench
      • East Wenatchee Bench [Douglas County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Wenatchee Bench have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Wenatchee Bench
    • East Wenatchee [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Wenatchee
      • East Wenatchee [Douglas County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Rock Island
      • 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>
    • Palisades [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palisades
      • Palisades [Douglas County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Rock Island
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palisades
    • Orondo [Douglas County]
    • Okanogan City [Douglas County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Okanogan City
      • Okanogan City [Douglas County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island
      • 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 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,197 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterville<3>
    • Withrow [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Withrow
      • Withrow [Douglas County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Rock Island
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Withrow
    • Mansfield [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mansfield
      • Mansfield [Douglas County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 337 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mansfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mansfield<3>
  • Chelan County
    • Malaga [Chelan County]
    • Appleyard [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Appleyard
      • Appleyard [Chelan County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Rock Island
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Appleyard
    • Wenatchee [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenatchee
      • Wenatchee [Chelan County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,219 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenatchee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wenatchee<3>
    • West Wenatchee [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Wenatchee
      • West Wenatchee [Chelan County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Wenatchee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Wenatchee
    • Sunnyslope [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnyslope
      • Sunnyslope [Chelan County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunnyslope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnyslope
    • Monitor [Chelan County]
    • Cashmere [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cashmere
      • Cashmere [Chelan County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,160 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cashmere
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cashmere<3>
    • Entiat [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Entiat
      • Entiat [Chelan County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,287 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Entiat
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Entiat<3>
    • Dryden [Chelan County]
    • Peshastin [Chelan County]
    • Ardenvoir [Chelan County]
    • Leavenworth [Chelan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leavenworth
      • Leavenworth [Chelan County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,348 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leavenworth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leavenworth<3>
  • Grant County
    • Quincy [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quincy
      • Quincy [Grant County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,387 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quincy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Quincy<3>
    • George [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for George
      • George [Grant County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 517 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on George
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for George<3>
    • Ephrata [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ephrata
      • Ephrata [Grant County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,217 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ephrata
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ephrata<3>
    • Lakeview [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeview
      • Lakeview [Grant County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Rock Island
      • 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 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of Rock Island
      • 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>
    • Beverly [Grant County]
    • Royal City [Grant County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Royal City
      • Royal City [Grant County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,641 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Royal City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Royal City<3>
  • Kittitas County
    • Liberty [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty
      • Liberty [Kittitas County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Rock Island
      • Former names for Liberty:
      • Meaghersville
      • Williams Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty
    • Kittitas [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kittitas
      • Kittitas [Kittitas County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,521 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kittitas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kittitas<3>
    • Vantage [Kittitas County]
    • Ellensburg [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellensburg
      • Ellensburg [Kittitas County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,576 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellensburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellensburg<3>
    • Thorp [Kittitas County]
    • Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cle Elum
      • Cle Elum [Kittitas County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Rock Island
      • 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<3>
    • South Cle Elum [Kittitas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Cle Elum
      • South Cle Elum [Kittitas County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Rock Island
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 565 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Cle Elum
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for South Cle Elum<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Rock Island ...

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 68 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Island.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 helpful 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 Rock Island:

  • 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 Rock Island ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock Island.

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

  • Stemilt Hill Cemetery
  • Hamilton Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hamilton Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hamilton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hamilton Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton Cemetery
  • Evergreen Memorial Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Evergreen Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Evergreen Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Evergreen Memorial Park lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen Memorial Park
  • South Side Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the South Side Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the South Side Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • South Side Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Side Cemetery
  • Valley View Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Valley View Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Valley View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Valley View Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley View Cemetery
  • Wenatchee City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Wenatchee City Cemetery
    • The Wenatchee City Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located outside and to the northwest of Wenatchee.To be more precise, Wenatchee City Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island.
    • Wenatchee City Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Wenatchee Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenatchee City Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #1053458<4>
  • Continue List ...
    • Sunnyslope Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sunnyslope Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sunnyslope Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Sunnyslope Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnyslope 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 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Slack Cemetery
    • Badger Mtn. Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Badger Mtn. Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Badger Mtn. Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Badger Mtn. Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Badger Mtn. Cemetery
    • Cashmere Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cashmere Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cashmere Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Cashmere Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cashmere 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 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Douglas Luthern Cemetery
    • Waterville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Waterville Cemetery
      • Waterville Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island.
      • Waterville Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Fraternity Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterville Cemetery
    • Orondo Community Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Orondo Community Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Orondo Community Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Orondo Community Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orondo Community 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 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery
    • Entiat Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Entiat Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Entiat Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Entiat Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Entiat 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 Rock Island in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rock Island.

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

  • Wenatchee [Chelan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenatchee
    • Wenatchee [Chelan County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,219 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wenatchee had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenatchee
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wenatchee<3>
  • Orondo [Douglas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orondo
    • Orondo [Douglas County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Orondo had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orondo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Orondo<3>
  • Douglas [Douglas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Douglas
    • Douglas [Douglas County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island
    • 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
  • Waterville [Douglas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waterville
    • Waterville [Douglas County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Rock Island
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 293 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,197 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Waterville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterville<3>
  • Peshastin [Chelan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peshastin
    • Peshastin [Chelan County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Island
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Peshastin had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peshastin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Peshastin<3>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rock Island ...

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

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

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Douglas County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Douglas County: www.douglascountywa.net/

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- Rock Island) 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 Rock Island. 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 Rock IslandOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.3754, Longitude: -120.1437    
<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>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 Rock Island, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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