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Rockland, Kansas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Rockland ...

Although we found mention of Rockland during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Rockland was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists..

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 Rockland (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 Rockland. 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.

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 doctors 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.

Rockland is located in Chase County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chase County: Butler, Greenwood, Lyon, Marion & Morris.

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

Chase     (The home county for Rockland)
  Elmdale   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]<2>
  Strong City   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cottonwood Falls   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Clements   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bazaar   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Toledo   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cedar Point   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Matfield Green   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cassoday   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  De Graff   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elbing   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hopkins   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Potwin   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Herington   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Rishel   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hope   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Woodbine   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dillon   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lyona   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Navarre   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elmo   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carlton   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wreford   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Madison   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Walton   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Americus   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Berkeley Hills   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Emporia   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bushong   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Emporia Junction   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Agnes City - Historic   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Olpe   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Allen   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Admire   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Neosho Rapids   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Reading   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Antelope   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lincolnville   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lost Springs   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Florence   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Marion   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pilsen   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eastshore   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Ramona   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Aulne - Historic   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Canada   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Burns   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tampa   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wilsey   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Burdick   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Council Grove   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Dunlap   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Delavan   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Downing - Historic   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kelso   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Parkerville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Latimer   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  White City   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dwight   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Skiddy - Historic   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alta Vista   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rockland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockland.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Stoehr Elmdale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ESE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Prairie Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Strong Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Boenitz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Diamond Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Elk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Clements Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Diamond Springs Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rockland ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockland, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockland.

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Rockland had railroad service and no post office.

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

Elmdale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 350 people (with 52 people in 2018)
 - Elmdale had a post office and railroad service
Hymer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rockland
 - Hymer had a post office and railroad service
Cottonwood Falls   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 770 people (with 858 people in 2018)
 - Cottonwood Falls had a post office and railroad service
Strong City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 976 people (with 454 people in 2018)
 - Strong City had railroad service and no post office
Clements   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 320 people
 - Clements had a post office and railroad service
Gladstone   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockland
 - Gladstone had railroad service and no post office
Diamond Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rockland
 - Diamond Springs had a post office and railroad service
Ellinor   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockland
 - Ellinor had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Rockland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockland in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Rockland:

These websites are specific to Kansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Chase County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:     Cyndi's



Dickinson County:     Cyndi's



Geary County:     Cyndi's



Greenwood County:     Cyndi's



Harvey County:     Cyndi's



Lyon County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Morris County:     Cyndi's



Wabaunsee County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Kansas,
Cemeteries of Chase County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Kansas   Cemetery Wiki for Kansas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries 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.

Disaster Stories from Kansas

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rockland ...

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

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 Rockland:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Kansas

About Chase County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Kansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Rockland and then turned west". While Rockland could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Rockland as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Rockland could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Kansas community named Rockland.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rockland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4286, Longitude: -96.6439     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Rockland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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