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Our Genealogical Helper for South Aberdeen ...

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 South Aberdeen (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 South Aberdeen. 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.

Name Variations for South Aberdeen ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

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

  • Typical abbreviation for South Aberdeen: S. Aberdeen

Newspapers Published in South Aberdeen ...

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 105 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Aberdeen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Aberdeen, there are papers which were published within 36 miles [57.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Aberdeen.

Cemeteries Near South Aberdeen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Aberdeen.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Wynooche Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  E Elma Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  E Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  S Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turnow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  E Oddfellow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  E Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 24 miles [38.6 km]  
  SSE Fern Hill 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, South Aberdeen had railroad service and no post office.

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

Cosmopolis   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Aberdeen
 - 1895 population of 287 people (with 1,624 people in 2017)
 - Cosmopolis had a post office and no railroad service
Aberdeen Junction   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Aberdeen
 - Aberdeen Junction had railroad service and no post office
Hoquiam   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Aberdeen
 - 1895 population of 1,302 people (with 8,500 people in 2017)
 - Hoquiam had a post office and no railroad service
Artic   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Aberdeen
 - Artic had a post office and no railroad service
Melbourne   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from South Aberdeen
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Melbourne had a post office and no railroad service
Montesano   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from South Aberdeen
 - 1895 population of 1,632 people (with 3,963 people in 2017)
 - Montesano had railroad service and no post office
Markham   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Aberdeen
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Markham had a post office and no railroad service
Ocosta   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Aberdeen
 - Ocosta 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 South Aberdeen. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Aberdeen 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 northwest 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 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.

South Aberdeen is located in Grays Harbor County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Grays Harbor County: Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific & Thurston.

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

Grays Harbor     (The home county for South Aberdeen)
      Aberdeen   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Junction City   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      North Aberdeen   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Cosmopolis   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Hoquiam   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Central Park   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Aberdeen Gardens   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grays Harbor City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Melbourne   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montesano   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Markham   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gray Gables   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Doty   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pe Ell   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Galvin   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deckerville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Matlock   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mohrweis   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shelton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Skokomish   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tokeland   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      South Bend   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bay Center   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Menlo   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oysterville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lebam   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nahcotta   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ocean Park   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Independence   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bordeaux - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grand Mound   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 South Aberdeen:

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 Grays Harbor County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pacific 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 Grays Harbor County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Grays Harbor 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for South Aberdeen ...

While our initial data for South Aberdeen came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of South Aberdeen 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 South Aberdeen.

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for South Aberdeen:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for South Aberdeen.
      See our Misc Page for South Aberdeen for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Washington

About Grays Harbor County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Grays Harbor 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 beginning in South Aberdeen. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Aberdeen) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Aberdeen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.9687, Longitude: -123.8027     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Aberdeen have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 South Aberdeen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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