Our Genealogical Helper for Niceville ...
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 which surrounded our ancestors and that was part of their daily lives.
By learning about Niceville (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 organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Niceville. 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.
Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we begin with Cyndi's List, FamilySearch or the UsGenWeb Project. These user-friendly 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 Niceville:
For pages that are specific to Florida:
These pages are specific to Okaloosa County:
Genealogy information for the nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Florida:
Cemeteries Near Niceville ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Niceville.
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 above).
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 it right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.
Covering a larger area and in alphabetical order, we have our Cemetery List for Niceville.
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 Niceville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Niceville.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Niceville, with the one closest to Niceville listed first.
| Portland [Map] |
| - || Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East (E) from Niceville |
| - || 1895 population of 204 people |
| - || Portland had a post office and no railroad service |
| Mossy Head [Map] |
| - || Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Niceville |
| - || Mossy Head had a post office and railroad service |
| Freeport [Map] |
| - || Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East (E) from Niceville |
| - || 1895 population of 200 people (with 1,863 people in 2012) |
| - || Freeport had a post office and no railroad service |
| Ealum [Map] |
| - || Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Niceville |
| - || Ealum had a post office and no railroad service |
| Eucheeanna [Map] |
| - || Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Niceville |
| - || 1895 population of 150 people |
| - || Eucheeanna had a post office and no railroad service |
| Gordon [Map] |
| - || Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Niceville |
| - || Gordon had railroad service and no post office |
| Argyle [Map] |
| - || Located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Niceville |
| - || 1895 population of 25 people |
| - || Argyle had a post office and railroad service |
We've created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Niceville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Niceville 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't expanded our search to 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.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Niceville
The official website for Okaloosa County
The Panormaio photo collection contain pictures for the area around Niceville:
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts at Niceville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Niceville) 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 Niceville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Niceville
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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 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 Niceville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Niceville.