Our Genealogical Helper for Schell City ...
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 Schell City (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 Schell City. 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 Schell City ...
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 119 newspapers that have been published in the area around Schell City.
We have organized these newspapers into two lists:
- A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Schell City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Schell City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Schell City.
- An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> of Schell City.
Cemeteries Near Schell City ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Schell City.
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 Schell City covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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>
The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Schell City had a population of 847 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2014, Schell City had a population of 249 people.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Schell City, with the one closest to Schell City listed first.
| Fair Haven [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Schell City |
| - || Fair Haven had a post office and no railroad service |
| Harwood [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Schell City |
| - || 1895 population of 240 people (with 47 people in 2014) |
| - || Harwood had a post office and railroad service |
| Rockville [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Schell City |
| - || 1895 population of 554 people (with 162 people in 2014) |
| - || Rockville had a post office and railroad service |
| Prairie City [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Schell City |
| - || 1895 population of 53 people |
| - || Prairie City had a post office and no railroad service |
| Taberville [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Schell City |
| - || 1895 population of 120 people |
| - || Taberville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Pape [Map] |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Schell City |
| - || Pape had a post office and no railroad service |
| Ketterman [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Schell City |
| - || Ketterman had a post office and no railroad service |
| Walker [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Schell City |
| - || 1895 population of 594 people (with 270 people in 2014) |
| - || Walker had a post office and railroad service |
| Tiffin [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Schell City |
| - || 1895 population of 75 people |
| - || Tiffin had a post office and no railroad service |
| Pleasant Gap [Map] |
| - || Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Schell City |
| - || 1895 population of 70 people |
| - || Pleasant Gap 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 Schell City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Schell City 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 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 included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.
Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, UsGenWeb Project, or Genealogy Trails. 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 - 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 Schell City:
For pages that are specific to Missouri:
These pages are specific to Vernon County:
Genealogy information for the nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Missouri:
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.
Miscellaneous Mentions for Schell City ...
While our initial data for Schell City came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Schell City 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 Schell City.
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 Schell City:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office |
|We have found Schell City in these Censuses: 2010-1990|
| See our Census Page for Schell City for more information.|
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Schell City.|
| See our Misc Page for Schell City for more information.|
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Schell City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Vernon County
The Panormaio photo collection contain pictures for the area around Schell City:
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts at Schell City. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Schell City) 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 Schell City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Schell City
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Schell City. The point that we use is located at the coordinates of 38.0192, -94.1167 [Map]. The coordinates we use for Schell City 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 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 Schell City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Schell City.