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Our Genealogy Helper for Waterville ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Waterville (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Waterville. 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.

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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Waterville is located in Douglas County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Washington's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Douglas County: Chelan, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln & Okanogan.

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

  • Douglas County     (The home county of Waterville)
    • Okanogan City (3 miles [4.8 km] to the east) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Okanogan City
      • Okanogan City was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Okanogan City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Orondo (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Withrow (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Withrow
      • Withrow lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Withrow
    • Beebe (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beebe
      • Beebe lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beebe
    • Palisades (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palisades
      • Palisades lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palisades
    • East Wenatchee Bench (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Wenatchee Bench
      • East Wenatchee Bench lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Wenatchee Bench have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Wenatchee Bench
    • East Wenatchee (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Wenatchee
      • East Wenatchee lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,012 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Wenatchee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Wenatchee<3>
    • Rock Island (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Island
      • Rock Island lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,310 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Island
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock Island<3>
    • Mansfield (23 miles [37 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mansfield
      • Mansfield lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 337 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mansfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mansfield<3>
    • Bridgeport (30 miles [48.3 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bridgeport
      • Bridgeport lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,585 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bridgeport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bridgeport<3>
  • Chelan County
    • Entiat (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Entiat
      • Entiat lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,287 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Entiat
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Entiat<3>
    • Chelan Falls (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Chelan (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chelan
      • Chelan lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,245 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chelan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chelan<3>
    • Ardenvoir (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Manson (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
    • Sunnyslope (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnyslope
      • Sunnyslope lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunnyslope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnyslope
    • Granite Falls (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granite Falls
      • Granite Falls lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Granite Falls have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granite Falls
    • Malaga (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • Monitor (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Wenatchee (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenatchee
      • Wenatchee lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,219 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenatchee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wenatchee<3>
    • West Wenatchee (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Wenatchee
      • West Wenatchee lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Wenatchee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Wenatchee
    • Appleyard (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Appleyard
      • Appleyard lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Appleyard
    • Cashmere (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cashmere
      • Cashmere lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,160 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cashmere
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cashmere<3>
  • Grant County
    • Quincy (30 miles [48.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quincy
      • Quincy lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Waterville and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,387 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quincy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Quincy<3>
    • Soap Lake (32 miles [51.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soap Lake
      • Soap Lake lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Waterville and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,608 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soap Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Soap Lake<3>
    • Ephrata (33 miles [53.1 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ephrata
      • Ephrata lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Waterville and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,217 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ephrata
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ephrata<3>
    • Coulee City (36 miles [57.9 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coulee City
      • Coulee City lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the east of Waterville and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 560 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coulee City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coulee City<3>
    • George (40 miles [64.4 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for George
      • George lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Waterville and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 517 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on George
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for George<3>
  • Okanogan County
    • Pateros (29 miles [46.7 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pateros
      • Pateros lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Waterville and is located in Okanogan County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 721 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pateros
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pateros<3>
    • Methow (33 miles [53.1 km] to the north)
    • Brewster (33 miles [53.1 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brewster
      • Brewster lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Waterville and is located in Okanogan County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,391 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brewster
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brewster<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Waterville ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waterville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Waterville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Waterville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Waterville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 36 miles [57.9 km] of Waterville.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Waterville:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Washington

Cemeteries Near Waterville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waterville.

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

  • Waterville Cemetery
  • Badger Mtn. Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Badger Mtn. Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Badger Mtn. Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Badger Mtn. Cemetery
  • Douglas Luthern Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Douglas Luthern Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Douglas Luthern Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Douglas Luthern Cemetery
  • Orondo Community Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Orondo Community Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Orondo Community Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Orondo Community Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orondo Community Cemetery
  • Brays Landing Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Brays Landing Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brays Landing Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Brays Landing Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brays Landing Cemetery
  • Fletcher Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fletcher Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fletcher Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Fletcher Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fletcher Cemetery
  • Slack Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Slack Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Slack Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Slack Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Slack Cemetery
  • South Side Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the South Side Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the South Side Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • South Side Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Side Cemetery
  • Entiat Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Entiat Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Entiat Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Entiat Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Entiat Cemetery
  • Happy Home Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Happy Home Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Happy Home Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Happy Home Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Happy Home Cemetery
  • Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evangelical Emanuel Cemetery
  • Riverview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Riverview Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Riverview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Riverview Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Waterville.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverview Cemetery
  • Continue List   (23 more) ...
    • Chelan Fraternal Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chelan Fraternal Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Chelan Fraternal Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Chelan Fraternal Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Waterville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chelan Fraternal Cemetery
    • Valley View Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Valley View Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Valley View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Valley View Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley View Cemetery
    • Hamilton Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hamilton Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hamilton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Hamilton Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton Cemetery

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Waterville had a population of 293 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Waterville had a population of 1,197 people.

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

  • Waterville (Douglas County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waterville
    • Waterville lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 293 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,197 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Waterville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterville<3>
  • Douglas (Douglas County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Douglas
    • Douglas lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Douglas had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Douglas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Douglas
  • Orondo (Douglas County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orondo
    • Orondo lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Waterville and is located in Douglas County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Orondo had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orondo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Orondo<3>
  • Wenatchee (Chelan County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenatchee
    • Wenatchee lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,219 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wenatchee had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wenatchee
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wenatchee<3>
  • Peshastin (Chelan County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peshastin
    • Peshastin lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Waterville and is located in Chelan County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Peshastin had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peshastin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Peshastin<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Waterville. See our List of 1890's Communities around Waterville.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Waterville

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About Douglas County

About Washington

The official website for Waterville: www.ci.waterville.wa.us/

The official website for Douglas County: www.douglascountywa.net/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Waterville) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Waterville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WatervilleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waterville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.6474, Longitude: -120.0715    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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 Waterville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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