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Our Genealogical Helper for Zelma ...

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 Zelma (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 Zelma. 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 Zelma ...

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 103 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zelma.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Zelma, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Zelma.

Cemeteries Near Zelma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zelma.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Callahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Faubion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Cornett Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tanksley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Bagwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cummings Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Todd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hillenburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Sherril Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ikerd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hinderlider Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Terrill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Starr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Goss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Heighton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zollman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smallwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lutes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burgoon Church Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Breckinridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lanning Sput Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wayman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elkinsville 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Zelma had a post office and railroad service.

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

Norman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Zelma
 - Norman had a post office and railroad service
 
Heltonville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Zelma
 - 1895 population of 198 people
 - Heltonville had a post office and railroad service
 
Yellowstone   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Zelma
 - Yellowstone had a post office and no railroad service
 
Erie   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Zelma
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Erie had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kurtz   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Zelma
 - Kurtz had a post office and railroad service
 
Shawswick   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Zelma
 - Shawswick had a post office and no railroad service
 
Leesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Zelma
 - 1895 population of 190 people
 - Leesville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Maumee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Zelma
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Maumee had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bartlettsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Zelma
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Bartlettsville 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 Zelma. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Zelma 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Zelma is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Greene, Jackson, Martin, Monroe, Orange & Washington.

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

  DirectionDistance
Lawrence     (The home county for Zelma)
      Heltonville   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fort Ritner   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bedford   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Judah   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oolitic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lawrenceport   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Avoca   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stonington   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Mill Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mitchell   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Silverville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Bartholomew
      North Ogilville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stony Lonesome   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jonesville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bethel Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camp Atterbury   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elizabethtown   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jewell Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Taylorsville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pleasant View Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifford   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grammer   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Brown
      Story   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nashville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Gnaw Bone   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Helmsburg   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Clark
      Underwood   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Borden   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Providence   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Henryville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Crawford
      Marengo   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Davies's
      Odon   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Decatur
      Alert   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sardinia   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dubois
      Norton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Greene
      Owensburg   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Solsberry   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Koleen   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scotland   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bloomfield   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newberry   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Switz City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Harrison
      Palmyra   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Jackson
      Norman   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Kurtz   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Medora   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vallonia   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brownstown   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cortland   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Seymour   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crothersville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Jefferson
      Deputy   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Jennings
      Hayden   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Scipio   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Commiskey   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Vernon   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paris Crossing   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Johnson
      Peoga   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Princes Lakes   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nineveh   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Samaria   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edinburgh   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trafalgar   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Banta   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bargersville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Martin
      Shoals   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burns City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crane   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loogootee   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Monroe
      Smithville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Harrodsburg   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clear Creek   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bloomington   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Unionville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanford   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ellettsville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stinesville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Morgan
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Martinsville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paragon   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lewisville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Orange
      Orleans   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Paoli   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abydel   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Baden Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      French Lick   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Youngs Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Owen
      Gosport   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Freedom   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arney   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Scott
      Austin   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scottsburg   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Albion   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Shelby
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Washington
      Saltillo   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Campbellsburg   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Livonia   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Little York   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hardinsburg   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Pekin   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fredericksburg   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 it should be mentioned 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 Zelma:

These websites are specific to Indiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Indiana State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bartholomew County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Brown County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Davies's County:       Cyndi's List       Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Decatur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dubois County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jennings County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Johnson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Martin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Orange County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Owen County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scott County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Indiana:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Indiana,     of Lawrence County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Indiana
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Indiana
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Indiana,     of Lawrence 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 Indiana

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Zelma ...

While our initial data for Zelma came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Zelma 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 Zelma.

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 Zelma:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Zelma.
      See our Misc Page for Zelma for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community located in Indiana

About Lawrence County

About Indiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Indiana: www.in.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Zelma. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Zelma) 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 Zelma. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Zelma

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zelma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9353, Longitude: -86.3017     [Map].

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

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