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Our Genealogy Helper for South Seattle ...

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 Seattle (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 Seattle. 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 Seattle ...

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 Seattle.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Seattle: S. Seattle

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 and hospitals 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 Seattle is located in King County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of King County: Chelan, Kittitas, Pierce & Snohomish.

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

King     (The home county for South Seattle)
  Columbia City   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Hillman City - Historic   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Seward Park   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Mercer Island   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Seattle   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Mercer Island Town   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Riverton-Boulevard Park   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  White Center   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Beaux Arts Village   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Medina   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Burien   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Freeland   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Langley   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Camp Diana   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Greenbank   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brinnon   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Port Ludlow   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beaver Valley   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Quilcene   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Chimacum   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marrowstone   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nordland   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Port Hadlock   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Port Hadlock-Irondale   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Yeomalt   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fort Ward   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Southworth   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bainbridge Island   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  South Colby   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Manitou Beach   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rolling Bay   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  South Park Village   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Parkwood   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bremerton   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  East Port Orchard   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Belfair   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Allyn   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grapeview   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tahuya   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lilliwaup   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bayshore   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hoodsport   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dash Point   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Northeast Tacoma   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wauna   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gig Harbor   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ruston   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Edgewood   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Milton   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fife   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gardenville - Historic   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lake Tapps   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tacoma   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Artondale   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Brier   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Esperance   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mountlake Terrace   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Woodway   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Canyon Park   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Edmonds   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lynnwood   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alderwood Manor   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  North Creek   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Echo Lake   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Maltby   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clearview   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near South Seattle ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Comet Lodge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Highview Recreational Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Riverton Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gar Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lake View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Washington Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sunset Hills Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ft. Lawton Military Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Episcopal Church Of The Holy Spirit Memory Garden   [Map]     
  NNW Crown Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Everest Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sedgwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ft. Blakely Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evergreen Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evergreen - Washelli Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in South Seattle ...

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 660 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Seattle.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Seattle, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Seattle.

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

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

Van Asselt   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Seattle
 - Van Asselt had railroad service and no post office
Seattle   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Seattle
 - 1895 population of 42,873 people (with 724,745 people in 2017)
 - Seattle had a post office and railroad service
Duwamish   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Seattle
 - Duwamish had a post office and no railroad service
West Seattle   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from South Seattle
 - West Seattle had a post office and no railroad service
Latona - Historic   [Map]
 - While Latona was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from South Seattle
 - Latona had a post office and railroad service
May Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Seattle
 - May Creek had railroad service and no post office
Edgewater - Historic   [Map]
 - While Edgewater was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from South Seattle
 - 1895 population of 191 people
 - Edgewater had railroad service and no post office
Sunnydale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from South Seattle
 - Sunnydale had a post office and no railroad service
Ross - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ross was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Seattle
 - 1895 population of 218 people
 - Ross had a post office and railroad service
Renton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Seattle
 - 1895 population of 406 people (with 101,379 people in 2017)
 - Renton had a post office and railroad service
Fremont   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Seattle
 - 1895 population of 802 people
 - Fremont 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 Seattle. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Seattle 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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Seattle:

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 King County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Island County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Kitsap County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Pierce County:     Cyndi's



Snohomish County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

Search for a Washington Community

About King County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Seattle. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.5615, Longitude: -122.3129     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Seattle 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 Seattle, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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