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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunset 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 Sunset 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 Sunset 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 Sunset 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 Sunset Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sunset Beach: Sunset Bch.

Newspapers Published in Sunset 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 61 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunset Beach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunset Beach, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunset Beach.

Cemeteries Near Sunset Beach ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Twin Firs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Vaughn Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Dewatto Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Minter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSE Lakebay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  ESE Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSE German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Longbranch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Artondale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Haven of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE K P Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sunset Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Woodlawn Memorial Park   [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 Sunset Beach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sunset Beach.

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

Allyn   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunset Beach
 - Allyn had a post office and no railroad service
Vaughn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunset Beach
 - Vaughn had a post office and no railroad service
Minter   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunset Beach
 - Minter had a post office and no railroad service
Dewatto   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sunset Beach
 - Dewatto had a post office and no railroad service
Union - Historic   [Map]
 - While Union was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunset Beach
 - Union had a post office and no railroad service
Hoodsport   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Sunset Beach
 - Hoodsport had a post office and no railroad service
Lakebay   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunset Beach
 - Lakebay had a post office and no railroad service
Rosedale   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunset Beach
 - Rosedale had a post office and no railroad service
Purdy   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Sunset Beach
 - Purdy had a post office and no railroad service
Crosby   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Sunset Beach
 - Crosby had a post office and no railroad service
Artondale   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunset Beach
 - Artondale 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 Sunset Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunset 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 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.

Sunset Beach is located in Mason County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mason County: Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Pierce & Thurston.

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

Mason     (The home county for Sunset Beach)
      Allyn   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grapeview   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Tahuya   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hoodsport   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lilliwaup   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Potlatch   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Skokomish   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shelton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mohrweis   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Matlock   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Grays Harbor
      McCleary Junction   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McCleary   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sine   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grisdale - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elma   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Malone-Porter   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Malone   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Satsop   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brady   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brinnon   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Quilcene   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver Valley   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Port Ludlow   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tahlequah   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Vashon Heights   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vashon   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Seahurst   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burien   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Normandy Park   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White Center   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Des Moines   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      North Hill   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Redondo   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodmont Beach   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burley   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Holly   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gorst   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Crosby   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      East Port Orchard   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Navy Yard City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Port Orchard   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Erlands Point-Kitsap Lake   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Parkwood   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Retsil   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bremerton   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vaughn   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Herron Island   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Home   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wauna   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lakebay   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Artondale   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gig Harbor   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Longbranch   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fox Island   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anderson Island   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ruston   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fircrest   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodway   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edmonds   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Esperance   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountlake Terrace   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brier   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lynnwood   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alderwood Manor   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacey   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kellys Korner   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Yelm   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bordeaux - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Sunset 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 Mason County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grays Harbor 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    
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Snohomish County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Mason County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Mason 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 Community located in Washington

About Mason County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mason 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 from Sunset Beach. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunset Beach) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.4081, Longitude: -122.8854     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset 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 Sunset Beach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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