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Our Genealogical Helper for Swede Hill ...

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 Swede Hill (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 Swede Hill. 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 Swede Hill ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swede Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swede Hill, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swede Hill.

Cemeteries Near Swede Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swede Hill.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Haven of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Artondale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gig Harbor Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Minter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Fox Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vaughn Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Fraola Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lakebay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Penbrock Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Tacoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Episcopal Church Of The Holy Spirit Memory Garden   [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 Swede Hill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Swede Hill.

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

Rosedale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Swede Hill
 - Rosedale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gig Harbor   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Swede Hill
 - 1895 population of 321 people (with 9,507 people in 2017)
 - Gig Harbor had a post office and no railroad service
 
Purdy   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Swede Hill
 - Purdy had a post office and no railroad service
 
Artondale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Swede Hill
 - Artondale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Minter   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Swede Hill
 - Minter had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wollochet   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Swede Hill
 - Wollochet had a post office and no railroad service
 
Olalla   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Swede Hill
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Olalla had a post office and no railroad service
 
Vaughn   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Swede Hill
 - Vaughn had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fox Island   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Swede Hill
 - Fox 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 Swede Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swede Hill 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 and doctors 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.

Swede Hill is located in Pierce County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pierce County: King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Thurston & Yakima.

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

  DirectionDistance
Pierce     (The home county for Swede Hill)
      Wauna   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gig Harbor   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Artondale   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ruston   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vaughn   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fox Island   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Home   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dash Point   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      University Place   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fircrest   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lakebay   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tacoma   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Herron Island   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Grays Harbor
      McCleary Junction   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McCleary   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sine   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Jefferson
      Brinnon   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Quilcene   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver Valley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Port Ludlow   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
King
      Tahlequah   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Vashon   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vashon Heights   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Redondo   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Des Moines   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Hill   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodmont Beach   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Normandy Park   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Seahurst   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burien   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Riverton Heights   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      SeaTac   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Kitsap
      Burley   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Olalla   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      East Port Orchard   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gorst   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parkwood   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Port Orchard   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South Colby   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South Park Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Southworth   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Navy Yard City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Retsil   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bremerton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Mason
      Allyn   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grapeview   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tahuya   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shelton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hoodsport   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lilliwaup   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Potlatch   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Skokomish   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mohrweis   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Matlock   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Snohomish
      Woodway   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Esperance   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edmonds   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brier   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountlake Terrace   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alderwood Manor   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lynnwood   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canyon Park   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Martha Lake   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Creek   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Picnic Point-North Lynnwood   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harbour Pointe   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echo Lake   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Thurston
      Tanglewilde   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lacey   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Yelm   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bordeaux - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bucoda   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 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 Swede Hill:

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 Pierce 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    
Mason 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 Pierce County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Pierce 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 ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Washington

About Pierce County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pierce County: www.co.pierce.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: www.access.wa.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swede Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.3532, Longitude: -122.6190     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swede Hill 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 Swede Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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