Our Genealogical Helper for Avoca ...
So far, we have found very little information about Avoca. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>
We've added Avoca to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Avoca, please Contact Us.
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 Avoca (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 Avoca. 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 Avoca ...
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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Avoca.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Avoca, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Avoca.
Cemeteries Near Avoca ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Avoca.
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 Avoca 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.
Avoca itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 152 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Avoca, with the one closest to Avoca listed first.
| Saint Clere [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Avoca |
| - || 1895 population of 102 people |
| - || Saint Clere had a post office and no railroad service |
| Havensville [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Avoca |
| - || 1895 population of 374 people (with 150 people in 2016) |
| - || Havensville had a post office and railroad service |
| Soldier [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Avoca |
| - || 1895 population of 193 people (with 138 people in 2016) |
| - || Soldier had a post office and railroad service |
| America City [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Avoca |
| - || 1895 population of 120 people |
| - || America City had a post office and no railroad service |
| Onaga [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Avoca |
| - || 1895 population of 423 people (with 696 people in 2016) |
| - || Onaga had a post office and railroad service |
| Circleville [Map] |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Avoca |
| - || 1895 population of 215 people (with 167 people in 2016) |
| - || Circleville had a post office and railroad service |
| Ontario [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Avoca |
| - || Ontario had a post office and railroad service |
| Laclede [Map] |
| - || Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Avoca |
| - || 1895 population of 76 people |
| - || Laclede 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 Avoca. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Avoca 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.
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 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 Avoca:
These websites are specific to Kansas:
Website for the Kansas Historical Society
Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Kansas to be a good source for additional links.
These pages are specific to Jackson County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:
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 References and Mentions for Avoca ...
With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us 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 Avoca.
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 Avoca:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned |
|1895 Map of Kansas - shows location of Avoca|
| Published by Rand McNally & Co.|
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for State of Kansas: www.kansas.gov/
|<1>||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 Avoca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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|<2>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Avoca. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Avoca) 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 Avoca. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Avoca
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Avoca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4488, Longitude: -96.0167 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Avoca have been estimated.
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Avoca.