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Our Genealogical Helper for Spokane ...

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 (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. 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of Spokane ...

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 131 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spokane.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Spokane. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Spokane and those printed in the larger area surrounding Spokane.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> of Spokane.

Cemeteries Near Spokane ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spokane.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Riverside Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WSW Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Military Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Englewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairmount Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. St. Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Orchard Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spokane Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Pleasant Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE The Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Peone 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Spokane had a population of 19,922 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Spokane had a population of 217,108 people.

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

East Spokane   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spokane
 - East Spokane had a post office and railroad service
Mead   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spokane
 - Mead had a post office and railroad service
Marshall   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spokane
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Marshall had a post office and railroad service
Chester   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spokane
 - Chester had a post office and railroad service
Mica   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spokane
 - Mica had a post office and no railroad service
Peone   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spokane
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Peone had a post office and railroad service
Buckeye   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Spokane
 - Buckeye had a post office and railroad service
Medical Lake   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spokane
 - 1895 population of 617 people (with 4,957 people in 2017)
 - Medical Lake 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 Spokane. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spokane 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 southeast 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 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 east 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 is located in Spokane County and is the County Seat.

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

Spokane     (The home county for Spokane)
      Town and Country   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Country Homes   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Dishman   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Millwood   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fairwood   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Irwin   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spokane Valley   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mead   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Opportunity   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Airway Heights   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Trentwood   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nine Mile Falls   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reardan   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Long Lake   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Edwall   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mondovi   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Omans   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluestem   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sprague   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Pend Oreille
      Camden   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newport   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dalkena   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tumtum   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clavton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ford   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loon Lake   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springdale   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wellpinit   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grays   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waits   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rosalia   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Malden   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine City - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tekoa   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakesdale   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lamont   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint John   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Benewah (ID)
      Plummer (ID)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chatcolet (ID)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parkline (ID)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bonner (ID)
      Blanchard (ID)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oldtown (ID)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Kootenai (ID)
      State Line Village (ID)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      State Line (ID)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hauser (ID)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Post Falls (ID)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coeur d'Alene Junction (ID)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bellgrove (ID)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rathdrum (ID)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huetter (ID)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coeur d'Alene (ID)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hayden (ID)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sturgeon (ID)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Worley (ID)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dalton Gardens (ID)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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:

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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spokane ...

While our initial data for Spokane came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spokane 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 Spokane.

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 Spokane:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Spokane in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Spokane for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spokane.
      See our Misc Page for Spokane for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Washington

About Spokane County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spokane:

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 beginning in Spokane. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spokane) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spokane. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.6695, Longitude: -117.4111     [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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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