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Our Genealogical Helper for Skyway ...

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 Skyway (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Skyway. 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.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Skyway ...

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 644 newspapers that have been published in the area around Skyway.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Skyway, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Skyway.

Cemeteries Near Skyway ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Skyway.

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 click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Riverton Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Highview Recreational Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Washington Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Comet Lodge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Saar Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Sunset Hills Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Suise Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Episcopal Church Of The Holy Spirit Memory Garden   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Gar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lake View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Tahoma National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     


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.<3>

While we didn't find Skyway in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Skyway.

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

Renton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Skyway
 - 1895 population of 406 people (with 101,379 people in 2017)
 - Renton had a post office and railroad service
Latona - Historic   [Map]
 - While Latona was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Skyway
 - Latona had a post office and railroad service
Duwamish   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Skyway
 - Duwamish had a post office and no railroad service
Orillia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Skyway
 - Orillia had a post office and railroad service
May Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Skyway
 - May Creek had railroad service and no post office
Sunnydale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Skyway
 - Sunnydale had a post office and no railroad service
Van Asselt   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Skyway
 - Van Asselt had railroad service and no post office
O'Brien   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Skyway
 - O'Brien had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Skyway. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Skyway in the 1890's.

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 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.

Skyway is located in King County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of King County: Chelan, Kittitas, Pierce & Snohomish.

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

King     (The home county for Skyway)
      Renton   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Tukwila   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Riverton Heights   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Riverton-Boulevard Park   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Orillia   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      SeaTac   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Columbia City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hillman City - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Seward Park   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Newport Hills   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burien   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mercer Island   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Freeland   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Langley   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brinnon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Port Ludlow   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Quilcene   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Valley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Southworth   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Ward   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      South Colby   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Yeomalt   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Olalla   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bainbridge Island   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      South Park Village   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Manitou Beach   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rolling Bay   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parkwood   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Snoqualmie Pass   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Allyn   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grapeview   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tahuya   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lilliwaup   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dash Point   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Northeast Tacoma   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edgewood   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gardenville - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake Tapps   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ruston   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fife   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Tacoma   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Firwood - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Puyallup   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gig Harbor   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brier   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mountlake Terrace   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Canyon Park   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Esperance   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alderwood Manor   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edmonds   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lynnwood   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Maltby   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Creek   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodway   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Echo Lake   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clearview   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Yelm   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Skyway:

These websites are specific to Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Washington State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Washington to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to King County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Island County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kitsap County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kittitas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Snohomish County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of King County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of King County

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.

Disaster Stories from Washington

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About King County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for King County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Skyway. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Skyway) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skyway. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.4915, Longitude: -122.2543     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Skyway have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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:

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<3>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 Skyway, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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