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Our Genealogical Helper for Tenino ...

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 Tenino (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 Tenino. 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 Tenino ...

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 137 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tenino.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Tenino. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Tenino and those printed in the larger area surrounding Tenino.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Tenino.

Cemeteries Near Tenino ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tenino.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Forest Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Grand Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Washington Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mills & Mills Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  N Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McLane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Yelm Rainier 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 Tenino had a population of 339 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Tenino had a population of 1,830 people.

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

McIntosh   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Tenino
 - McIntosh had railroad service and no post office
 
Bucoda   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Tenino
 - 1895 population of 945 people (with 583 people in 2017)
 - Bucoda had a post office and railroad service
 
Plumb   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Tenino
 - Plumb had railroad service and no post office
 
Grand Mound   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tenino
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Grand Mound had a post office and railroad service
 
Littlerock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Tenino
 - Littlerock had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rochester   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Tenino
 - Rochester had a post office and railroad service
 
Tumwater   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tenino
 - 1895 population of 410 people (with 22,973 people in 2017)
 - Tumwater had a post office and railroad service
 
Centralia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Tenino
 - 1895 population of 2,025 people (with 17,216 people in 2017)
 - Centralia had a post office and railroad service
 
Belmore   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tenino
 - Belmore had railroad service and no post office
 
Olympia   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Tenino
 - 1895 population of 4,698 people (with 51,609 people in 2017)
 - Olympia 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 Tenino. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tenino 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.

Tenino is located in Thurston County.

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

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

  DirectionDistance
Thurston     (The home county for Tenino)
      Bucoda   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      East Olympia   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grand Mound   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Littlerock   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tumwater   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bordeaux - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lacey   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Olympia   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Yelm   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Cowlitz
      Ryderwood   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Toutle   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Castle Rock   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Grays Harbor
      Chehalis Village   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sine   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McCleary   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Malone-Porter   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Malone   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      McCleary Junction   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elma   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Satsop   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brady   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Melbourne   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
King
      Tahlequah   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pacific   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Algona   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Federal Way   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Kitsap
      Burley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lewis
      Centralia   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fords Prairie   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Galvin   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chehalis   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Claquato   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adna   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Napavine   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lacamas   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Curtis   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cinebar   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
 
Mason
      Shelton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bayshore   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grapeview   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Allyn   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tahuya   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mohrweis   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Skokomish   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Matlock   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Potlatch   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deckerville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belfair   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoodsport   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pacific
      Lebam   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pierce
      McKenna   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mock City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Roy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      DuPont   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Lewis   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Anderson Island   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tillicum   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Longbranch   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Steilacoom   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      La Grande   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elk Plain   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

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 helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Tenino:

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 Thurston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cowlitz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Grays Harbor 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pacific County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Thurston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Thurston 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Tenino ...

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Thurston County: www.co.thurston.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 'straight-line' distance that starts in Tenino. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Tenino) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tenino. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8580, Longitude: -122.8504     [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: findagrave.com.

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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 Tenino, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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