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Our Genealogical Helper for Spokane Valley ...

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 Spokane Valley (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 Spokane Valley. 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 Spokane Valley ...

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 Spokane Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spokane Valley: Spokane Vly. (or less commonly used: Spokane Vally. or Spokane Vlly.)

Newspapers Published in Spokane Valley ...

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 124 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spokane Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spokane Valley, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spokane Valley.

Cemeteries Near Spokane Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spokane Valley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S The Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Englewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Saltese Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Orchard Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. St. Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spokane Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Mica Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Riverside Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Greenwood Memorial Terrace 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.<3>

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

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

East Spokane   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spokane Valley
 - East Spokane had a post office and railroad service
Chester   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Spokane Valley
 - Chester had a post office and railroad service
Spokane   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Spokane Valley
 - 1895 population of 19,922 people (with 217,108 people in 2017)
 - Spokane had a post office and railroad service
Mica   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Spokane Valley
 - Mica had a post office and no railroad service
Mead   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spokane Valley
 - Mead had a post office and railroad service
Peone   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Spokane Valley
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Peone had a post office and railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Spokane Valley
 - Freeman had railroad service and no post office
Hauser (ID)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spokane Valley
 - Hauser 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 Spokane Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spokane Valley 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.

Spokane Valley is located in Spokane County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Spokane County: Benewah (ID), Bonner (ID), Kootenai (ID), Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens & Whitman.

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

Spokane     (The home county for Spokane Valley)
      Irwin   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Opportunity   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Trentwood   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Millwood   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Veradale   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dishman   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Greenacres   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Liberty Lake   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Otis Orchards   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Otis Orchards-East Farms   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spokane   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mead   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Reardan   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Long Lake   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwall   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mondovi   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Omans   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pend Oreille
      Camden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newport   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dalkena   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tumtum   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clavton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ford   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loon Lake   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Springdale   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wellpinit   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grays   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rosalia   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tekoa   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Malden   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine City - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakesdale   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Benewah (ID)
      Plummer (ID)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chatcolet (ID)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parkline (ID)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tensed (ID)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      De Smet (ID)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint Maries (ID)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bonner (ID)
      Blanchard (ID)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oldtown (ID)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Careywood (ID)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Priest River (ID)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Kootenai (ID)
      State Line Village (ID)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      State Line (ID)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hauser (ID)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Post Falls (ID)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coeur d'Alene Junction (ID)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bellgrove (ID)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Huetter (ID)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Rathdrum (ID)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Coeur d'Alene (ID)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hayden (ID)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sturgeon (ID)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dalton Gardens (ID)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Spokane Valley:

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 Spokane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pend Oreille County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stevens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Benewah County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bonner County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kootenai County (ID):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Spokane County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Spokane 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spokane Valley:

The official website for Spokane 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 that stretches from Spokane Valley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spokane Valley) 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 Spokane Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spokane Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spokane Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.6717, Longitude: -117.2400     [Map].

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

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