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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunlight 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 Sunlight 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 Sunlight 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 Sunlight 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 Sunlight Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sunlight Beach: Sunlight Bch.

Newspapers Published in Sunlight 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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunlight Beach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunlight Beach, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunlight Beach.

Cemeteries Near Sunlight Beach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunlight 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 Sunlight Beach covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hansville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Eglon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Buena Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mission Beach Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Sound View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  E Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  S Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cypress Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SSE Swedbergs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SSW Breidablik Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marysville Cemetery   [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 Sunlight Beach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sunlight Beach.

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

Langley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunlight Beach
 - Langley had a post office and no railroad service
Mukilteo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 52 people (with 21,469 people in 2017)
 - Mukilteo had a post office and railroad service
Port Ludlow   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 236 people
 - Port Ludlow had a post office and no railroad service
Port Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Port Gamble had a post office and no railroad service
Tulalip   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Tulalip had a post office and no railroad service
Everett   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Sunlight Beach
 - Everett had railroad service and no post office
Kingston   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Sunlight Beach
 - Kingston had a post office and no railroad service
Edmonds   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 42,209 people in 2017)
 - Edmonds had a post office and no railroad service
Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Lowell had a post office and no railroad service
Irondale - Historic   [Map]
 - While Irondale was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Irondale had railroad service and no post office
Chimacum   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Sunlight Beach
 - Chimacum had a post office and no railroad service
Marysville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sunlight Beach
 - 1895 population of 262 people (with 68,864 people in 2017)
 - Marysville 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 Sunlight Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunlight 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

Sunlight Beach is located in Island County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Island County: Jefferson, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit & Snohomish.

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

Island     (The home county for Sunlight Beach)
      Freeland   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Langley   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Camp Diana   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Greenbank   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Camano   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Juniper Beach   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coupeville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Harbor   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blyn   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bell Hill   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sequim   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      River Road   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carlsborg   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Little Oklahoma   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marrowstone   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nordland   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Port Ludlow   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beaver Valley   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chimacum   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Port Hadlock-Irondale   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Port Hadlock   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Port Townsend   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adelma Beach   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gardiner   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Quilcene   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brinnon   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Northwest Snohomish   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Richmond Highlands   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shoreline   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Silver Firs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Forest Park   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bothell   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kenmore   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sheridan Beach   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Northgate   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Day City - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hansville   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Port Gamble   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lofall   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Indianola   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Suquamish   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Poulsbo   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Keyport   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rolling Bay   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Manitou Beach   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Yeomalt   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bainbridge Island   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Silverdale   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Juan
      Decatur Island   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lopez Island   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Conway   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fish Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake McMurray   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      La Conner   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shelter Bay   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Skagit City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Swinomish Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Snee Oosh   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montborne   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Lake   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Similk Beach   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Cavanaugh   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mukilteo   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tulalip Bay   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nelsons Corner   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McKees Beach   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tulalip   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Harbour Pointe   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Priest Point   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Weallup Lake   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Everett   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shaker Church   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cathan   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Paine Field-Lake Stickney   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Picnic Point-North Lynnwood   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 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 Sunlight 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 Island County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clallam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
King County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kitsap County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Juan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Skagit County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Snohomish County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

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

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

The official website for Island County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunlight Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.9909, Longitude: -122.4804     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunlight 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 Sunlight Beach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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