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South Bend, Washington

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Our Genealogy Helper for South Bend ...

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 Bend (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 an insight into their world.

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 Bend. 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 Bend ...

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 Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Bend: S. Bend

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 and hospitals 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 Bend is located in Pacific County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pacific County: Clatsop (OR), Grays Harbor, Lewis & Wahkiakum.

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

Pacific     (The home county for South Bend)
  Raymond   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Menlo   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bay Center   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Tokeland   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lebam   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Oysterville   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Nahcotta   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ocean Park   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Naselle   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Long Beach   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Seaview   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chinook   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ilwaco   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ryderwood   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grays Harbor
  Grayland   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bay City   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Laidlow   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Markham   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cosmopolis   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cohassett Beach   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Aberdeen   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Central Park   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Westport   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hoquiam   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  North Aberdeen   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Doty   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pe Ell   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Curtis   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Adna   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Claquato   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Galvin   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fords Prairie   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Chehalis   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Centralia   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bordeaux - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grand Mound   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Littlerock   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Grays River   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Rosburg   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Skamokawa   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cathlamet   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  East Cathlamet   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clatsop (OR)
  Astoria (OR)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hammond (OR)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tongue Point Village (OR)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brownsmead (OR)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Warrenton (OR)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jeffers Garden (OR)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clifton (OR)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near South Bend ...

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

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Bend covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  N Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  S Paceful Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  S Salmon Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  N Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  SSW Lone Fir Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wynooche Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  E Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  SSW Ilwaco Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of South Bend ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Bend.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of South Bend. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of South Bend and those printed in the larger area surrounding South Bend.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 32 miles [51.5 km] of South Bend.

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 South Bend had a population of 68 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, South Bend had a population of 1,651 people.

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

Willapa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 207 people
 - Willapa had a post office and no railroad service
Bay Center   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 132 people
 - Bay Center had a post office and no railroad service
North Cove   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - North Cove had a post office and no railroad service
Oysterville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 197 people
 - Oysterville had a post office and no railroad service
Lebam   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Bend
 - Lebam had a post office and no railroad service
Artic   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Bend
 - Artic had a post office and no railroad service
Markham   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Markham had a post office and no railroad service
Ocosta   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Bend
 - Ocosta had a post office and railroad service
Naselle   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South (S) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Naselle 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 Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Bend in the 1890's.

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 and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Bend:

These websites are specific to Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Pacific County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cowlitz County:     Cyndi's



Grays Harbor County:     Cyndi's



Lewis County:     Cyndi's



Thurston County:     Cyndi's



Wahkiakum County:     Cyndi's



Clatsop County (OR):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for South Bend ...

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

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 Bend:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Express Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found South Bend in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for South Bend for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for South Bend. See our Misc Page for South Bend for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Washington

About Pacific County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pacific County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for South Bend. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Bend

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.6633, Longitude: -123.7982     [Map].

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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 Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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