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Our Genealogy Helper for Pacific Junction ...

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 Pacific Junction (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 Pacific Junction. 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.

Name Variations for Pacific Junction ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Pacific Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Pacific Junction: Pacific Jct. (or less commonly used: Pacific Jctn.)

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 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.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Pacific Junction is located in Mills County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mills County: Fremont, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Cass (NE) & Sarpy (NE).

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

Mills     (The home county for Pacific Junction)
  Pacific City   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Glenwood   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Mineola   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Silver City   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Malvern   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hastings   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Emerson   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Griswold   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Tabor   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  McPaul   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thurman   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Randolph   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Percival   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Sidney   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Imogene   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Farragut   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Missouri Valley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  California Junction   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Persia   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coburg   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Red Oak   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elliott   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Essex   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tarkio City - Historic   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coin   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Northboro   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Yorktown   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Council Bluffs   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Treynor   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Carter Lake   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  McClelland   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Macedonia   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Crescent   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Carson   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Underwood   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Honey Creek   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Neola   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Loveland   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Atchison (MO)
  Farmers City (MO)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Watson (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Cass (NE)
  Plattsmouth (NE)   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Rock Bluff (NE)   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Murray (NE)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cullom (NE)   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Union (NE)   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cedar Creek (NE)   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Nehawka (NE)   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Louisville (NE)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Weeping Water (NE)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Manley (NE)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Avoca (NE)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  South Bend (NE)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
Douglas (NE)
  Ralston (NE)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Omaha (NE)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Home Park (NE)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Millard (NE)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Boys Town (NE)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Elkhorn (NE)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bennington (NE)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Waterloo (NE)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Venice (NE)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  King Lake (NE)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elk City (NE)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Valley (NE)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Johnson (NE)
  Cook (NE)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lancaster (NE)
  Waverly (NE)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Nemaha (NE)
  Julian (NE)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peru (NE)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brock (NE)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Otoe (NE)
  Wyoming (NE)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Nebraska City (NE)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Dunbar (NE)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Otoe (NE)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lorton (NE)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Syracuse (NE)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Unadilla (NE)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Talmage (NE)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Palmyra (NE)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Sarpy (NE)
  La Platte (NE)   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bellevue (NE)   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Papillion (NE)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Richfield (NE)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  La Vista (NE)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Springfield (NE)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chalco (NE)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gretna (NE)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Linoma Beach (NE)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Saunders (NE)
  Ashland (NE)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wann (NE)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Memphis (NE)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Yutan (NE)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mead (NE)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Leshara (NE)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ithaca (NE)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (NE)
  Fort Calhoun (NE)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Washington (NE)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  De Soto (NE) - Historic   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kennard (NE)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blair (NE)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Pacific Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pacific Junction.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Pacific Junction covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Pacific City Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Martin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE State Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Godsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Evan Lloyd Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Van Eaton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Somar Family on Wright Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE West Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gowen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holy Sepulchre Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Waubonsie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Linville Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Youngs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Clemmons Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Rock Bluff Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Estes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Saar Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW LaPlatte Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hillsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Boniface Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Plumer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Offutt AFB Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Lewiston Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Kenosha Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE East Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bellevue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Silver City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mineola Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Pacific Junction ...

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 171 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pacific Junction.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Pacific Junction. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Pacific Junction and those printed in the larger area surrounding Pacific Junction.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 33 miles [53.1 km] of Pacific Junction.

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 Pacific Junction had a population of 744 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Pacific Junction had a population of 470 people.

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

Mills   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Pacific Junction
 - Mills had railroad service and no post office
Pacific City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Pacific Junction
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Pacific City had a post office and no railroad service
Glenwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pacific Junction
 - 1895 population of 1,890 people (with 5,316 people in 2018)
 - Glenwood had a post office and railroad service
Plattsmouth (NE)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Pacific Junction
 - Plattsmouth had no post office or railroad service
Plattsmouth (NE)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Pacific Junction
 - 1895 population of 8,392 people (with 6,480 people in 2018)
 - Plattsmouth had a post office and railroad service
Folsom   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Pacific Junction
 - Folsom had a post office and no railroad service
Hentons - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hentons was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Pacific Junction
 - Hentons had railroad service and no post office
Rock Bluff (NE)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pacific Junction
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Rock Bluff 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 Pacific Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pacific Junction in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 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 Pacific Junction:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Mills County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cass County:     Cyndi's



Fremont County:     Cyndi's



Harrison County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Page County:     Cyndi's



Pottawattamie County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Atchison County (MO):     Cyndi's



Cass County (NE):     Cyndi's



Douglas County (NE):     Cyndi's



Johnson County (NE):     Cyndi's



Lancaster County (NE):     Cyndi's



Nemaha County (NE):     Cyndi's



Otoe County (NE):     Cyndi's



Sarpy County (NE):     Cyndi's



Saunders County (NE):     Cyndi's



Washington County (NE):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Mills County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Mills 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 Iowa
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Pacific Junction ...

While our initial data about Pacific Junction came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Pacific Junction 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 Pacific Junction.

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 Pacific Junction:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Pacific Junction in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Pacific Junction for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Pacific Junction. See our Misc Page for Pacific Junction for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Mills County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mills County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pacific Junction. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0180, Longitude: -95.7996     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pacific Junction have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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:

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

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