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Our Genealogical Helper for Swantown ...

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 Swantown (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 Swantown. 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 Swantown ...

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 100 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swantown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swantown, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swantown.

Cemeteries Near Swantown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swantown.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Maple Leaf Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  ESE Camano Island Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSW Laurel Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  NW Lopez Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  E Skagit City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  S Sound View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Our Saviours Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bay View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eden 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.<2>

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

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

Oak Harbor   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Swantown
 - 1895 population of 21 people (with 23,187 people in 2017)
 - Oak Harbor had a post office and no railroad service
San de Fuca   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Swantown
 - 1895 population of 249 people
 - San de Fuca had a post office and no railroad service
Coupeville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Swantown
 - 1895 population of 513 people (with 1,928 people in 2017)
 - Coupeville had a post office and no railroad service
Gibraltar   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Swantown
 - Gibraltar had a post office and no railroad service
La Conner   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Swantown
 - 1895 population of 398 people (with 939 people in 2017)
 - La Conner had a post office and no railroad service
Port Townsend   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Swantown
 - 1895 population of 4,558 people (with 9,551 people in 2017)
 - Port Townsend had a post office and railroad service
Richardson   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Swantown
 - Richardson had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur Island   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swantown
 - Decatur Island 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 Swantown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swantown 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.

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

Island     (The home county for Swantown)
      Oak Harbor   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Coupeville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Camano   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Juniper Beach   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greenbank   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camp Diana   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Freeland   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Langley   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blyn   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sequim   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bell Hill   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Carlsborg   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      River Road   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Little Oklahoma   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Port Angeles   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Port Townsend   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marrowstone   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nordland   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adelma Beach   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Port Hadlock-Irondale   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Port Hadlock   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Gardiner   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chimacum   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beaver Valley   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Port Ludlow   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Quilcene   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Northwest Snohomish   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Silver Firs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hansville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Port Gamble   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lofall   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Indianola   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Poulsbo   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Suquamish   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Juan
      Decatur Island   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lopez Island   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lopez   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      False Bay   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Friday Harbor   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shaw Island   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Olga   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Orcas   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Deer Harbor   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eastsound   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Roche Harbor   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waldron   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shelter Bay   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Snee Oosh   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fish Town   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      La Conner   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Similk Beach   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Swinomish Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alexander Beach   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Anacortes   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Skagit City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bay View   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Conway   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Utsalady   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stanwood   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake Ketchum   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Stanwood   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Warm Beach   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      McKees Beach   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Silvana   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cathan   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Goodwin   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Weallup Lake   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      John Sam Lake   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lakewood   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smokey Point   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chuckanut Village   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lummi Island   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellingham   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sudden Valley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lummi   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferndale   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clipper   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Swantown:

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    
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    
Whatcom 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Island County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swantown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.3051, Longitude: -122.7130     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swantown have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Swantown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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