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Our Genealogical Helper for Thatcher ...

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 Thatcher (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 Thatcher. 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 Thatcher ...

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 89 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thatcher.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thatcher, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thatcher.

Cemeteries Near Thatcher ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thatcher.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Olga - Doe Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lopez Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  ESE Fern Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  ESE Bay View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  SSE Maple Leaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lummi Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  E Bow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  SE Pleasant Ridge 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 Thatcher in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thatcher.

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

Decatur Island   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Thatcher
 - Decatur Island had a post office and no railroad service
Lopez Island   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thatcher
 - Lopez Island had a post office and no railroad service
Olga   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Thatcher
 - Olga had a post office and no railroad service
Doe Bay   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Thatcher
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Doe Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Orcas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thatcher
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Orcas had a post office and no railroad service
Richardson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thatcher
 - Richardson had a post office and no railroad service
Argyle   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Thatcher
 - Argyle had a post office and no railroad service
Anacortes   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Thatcher
 - 1895 population of 1,131 people (with 16,953 people in 2017)
 - Anacortes had a post office and railroad service
Guemes   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Thatcher
 - Guemes had a post office and no railroad service
Friday Harbor   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Thatcher
 - 1895 population of 89 people (with 2,407 people in 2017)
 - Friday Harbor had a post office and no railroad service
Eastsound   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thatcher
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Eastsound 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 Thatcher. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thatcher 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Thatcher is located in San Juan County.

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

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

San Juan     (The home county for Thatcher)
      Decatur Island   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Olga   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lopez Island   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lopez   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Orcas   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shaw Island   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Deer Harbor   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Friday Harbor   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eastsound   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      False Bay   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waldron   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Roche Harbor   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sequim   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carlsborg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bell Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      River Road   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blyn   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Harbor   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coupeville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camano   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Juniper Beach   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greenbank   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Camp Diana   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Freeland   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Langley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Port Townsend   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adelma Beach   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gardiner   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marrowstone   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nordland   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Port Hadlock-Irondale   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Port Hadlock   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chimacum   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Urban   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anacortes   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alexander Beach   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Similk Beach   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Snee Oosh   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bay View   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Swinomish Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      La Conner   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Shelter Bay   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bow   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Utsalady   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake Ketchum   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Stanwood   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stanwood   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Warm Beach   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Silvana   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McKees Beach   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake Goodwin   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weallup Lake   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cathan   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lakewood   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lummi Island   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chuckanut Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lummi   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellingham   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ferndale   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sudden Valley   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Birch Bay   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Custer   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blaine   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clipper   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 Thatcher:

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 San Juan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clallam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Island County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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 San Juan County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of San Juan 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 ...
      British Columbia

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About San Juan County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for San Juan County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thatcher. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.5548, Longitude: -122.8188     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thatcher 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 Thatcher, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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