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South Arbor, Washington

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Our Genealogical Helper for South Arbor ...

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 Arbor (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 Arbor. 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 Arbor ...

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 Arbor.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Arbor: S. Arbor

Newspapers Published in South Arbor ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Arbor.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Arbor, there are papers which were published within 42 miles [67.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Arbor.

Cemeteries Near South Arbor ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  ENE Wynooche Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  SE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  SE Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elma Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  ENE Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 27 miles [43.5 km]  
  ENE Turnow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 28 miles [45.1 km]  
  ENE Oddfellow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 31 miles [49.9 km]  
  E Sharon 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>

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

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

Markham   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from South Arbor
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Markham had a post office and no railroad service
Ocosta   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Arbor
 - Ocosta had a post office and railroad service
Hoquiam   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from South Arbor
 - 1895 population of 1,302 people (with 8,500 people in 2017)
 - Hoquiam had a post office and no railroad service
Aberdeen   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Arbor
 - 1895 population of 1,638 people (with 16,462 people in 2017)
 - Aberdeen had a post office and no railroad service
South Aberdeen   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Arbor
 - South Aberdeen had railroad service and no post office
Cosmopolis   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Arbor
 - 1895 population of 287 people (with 1,624 people in 2017)
 - Cosmopolis had a post office and no railroad service
Aberdeen Junction   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Arbor
 - Aberdeen Junction had railroad service and no post office
Artic   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from South Arbor
 - Artic had a post office and no 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 Arbor. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Arbor 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 and hospitals 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.

South Arbor 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 Arbor. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to South Arbor:

Grays Harbor     (The home county for South Arbor)
      Markham   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Grays Harbor City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hoquiam   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Bay City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Laidlow   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gray Gables   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Westport   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cohassett Beach   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Aberdeen   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Aberdeen   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ocean Shores   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grayland   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cosmopolis   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Doty   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pe Ell   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Deckerville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Matlock   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tokeland   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      South Bend   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bay Center   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oysterville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Menlo   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nahcotta   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ocean Park   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lebam   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Long Beach   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Naselle   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Seaview   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Independence   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 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 Arbor:

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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Washington

About Grays Harbor County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Arbor. 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 'straight-line' distance that begins in South Arbor. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Arbor) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Arbor. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.9209, Longitude: -123.9818     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Arbor 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 Arbor, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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