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Our Genealogical Helper for South Beach ...

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 Beach (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 Beach. 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 Beach ...

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 Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Beach: S. Beach

Newspapers Published in South Beach ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Beach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Beach, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Beach.

Cemeteries Near South Beach ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Boundary Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  ENE Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Victory Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ENE Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  E Hillsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Valley View Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  E Kulshan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blaine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Surrey Centre Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Schara Tzedeck Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  ENE Hazelmere Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ocean View Burial Park   [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 Beach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Beach.

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

Semiahmoo - Historic   [Map]
 - While Semiahmoo was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from South Beach
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Semiahmoo had a post office and no railroad service
Blaine   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from South Beach
 - 1895 population of 1,563 people (with 5,311 people in 2017)
 - Blaine had a post office and railroad service
Birch Bay   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Beach
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Birch Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsdale   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from South Beach
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Hillsdale had a post office and no railroad service
Haynie   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East (E) from South Beach
 - Haynie had a post office and no railroad service
Waldron   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) from South Beach
 - Waldron had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain View   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Beach
 - Mountain View had a post office and no railroad service
Custer   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Beach
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Custer had a post office and railroad service
Eastsound   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Beach
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Eastsound 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 Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Beach 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 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 Beach is located in Whatcom County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Whatcom County: Okanogan, San Juan & Skagit.

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

Whatcom     (The home county for South Beach)
      Point Roberts   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Blaine   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Birch Bay   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Custer   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ferndale   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lummi   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lummi Island   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lynden   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bellingham   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chuckanut Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clearbrook   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Everson   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
San Juan
      Waldron   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eastsound   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deer Harbor   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Roche Harbor   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Olga   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orcas   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shaw Island   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Friday Harbor   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lopez   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      False Bay   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lopez Island   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Decatur Island   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Urban   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anacortes   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alexander Beach   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alger   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Beach:

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 Whatcom County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

San Juan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Skagit County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Whatcom County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.9773, Longitude: -123.0505     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Beach 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 Beach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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