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Our Genealogical Helper for South Bay ...

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 Bay (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 Bay. 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 Bay ...

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 Bay.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Bay: S. Bay

Newspapers Published in South Bay ...

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 143 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Bay.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Bay, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Bay.

Cemeteries Near South Bay ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW McLane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mills & Mills Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Anderson Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Ross Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longbranch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Squaxin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 South Bay in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Bay.

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

Olympia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Bay
 - 1895 population of 4,698 people (with 51,609 people in 2017)
 - Olympia had a post office and railroad service
Lacey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Bay
 - Lacey had a post office and no railroad service
Tumwater   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Bay
 - 1895 population of 410 people (with 22,973 people in 2017)
 - Tumwater had a post office and railroad service
Puget   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Bay
 - Puget had a post office and no railroad service
Belmore   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Bay
 - Belmore had railroad service and no post office
Longbranch   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Bay
 - Longbranch had a post office and no railroad service
Plumb   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from South Bay
 - Plumb had railroad service and no post office
Meridian   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Bay
 - Meridian had a post office and no railroad service
New Kamilche   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from South Bay
 - New Kamilche 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 Bay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Bay 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 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.

South Bay is located in Thurston County.

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

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

Thurston     (The home county for South Bay)
      Lacey   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kellys Korner   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      North Yelm   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Grays Harbor
      McCleary Junction   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McCleary   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sine   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Malone-Porter   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Chehalis Village   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Malone   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elma   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Satsop   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brady   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montesano   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tahlequah   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pacific   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Redondo   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Algona   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vashon   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodmont Beach   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Des Moines   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Hill   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Normandy Park   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vashon Heights   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Olalla   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gorst   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Port Orchard   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holly   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Navy Yard City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Parkwood   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Port Orchard   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      South Park Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      South Colby   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Southworth   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fords Prairie   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Galvin   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centralia   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chehalis   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Claquato   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Adna   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Napavine   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Curtis   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cinebar   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Doty   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lacamas   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shelton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grapeview   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Allyn   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Skokomish   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tahuya   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mohrweis   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Potlatch   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hoodsport   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Matlock   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lilliwaup   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Anderson Island   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      DuPont   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Longbranch   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Lewis   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Herron Island   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lakebay   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Steilacoom   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tillicum   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Home   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mock City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fox Island   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]

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

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 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 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 Bay:

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 Thurston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grays Harbor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
King County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kitsap County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

The Communities of Washington

About Thurston County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Thurston County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from South Bay. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Bay) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.0804, Longitude: -122.8460     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Bay 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 South Bay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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