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Rocky Ford, Kansas
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Our Genealogy Helper for Rocky Ford ...

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 Rocky Ford (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 Rocky Ford. 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 Rocky Ford ...

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 Rocky Ford.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rocky Ford: Rocky Frd.

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 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.

Rocky Ford is located in Greenwood County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenwood County: Butler, Chase, Coffey, Elk, Lyon, Wilson & Woodson.

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

Greenwood     (The home county for Rocky Ford)
  Neal   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Virgil   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Climax   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Eureka   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fall River   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Severy   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Madison   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Petrolia   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Octagon City - Historic   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bassett   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Iola   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carlyle   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gas   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Westphalia   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beaumont   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rosalia   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Keighley   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cassoday   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Latham   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Leon   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Prospect   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Matfield Green   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bazaar   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gridley   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jacobs Creek Landing   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ottumwa   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aliceville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Strawn   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fiat   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Howard   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Longton   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elk Falls   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oak Valley   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Moline   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Grenola   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Olpe   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Neosho Rapids   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Emporia Junction   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chanute   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Earlton   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coyville   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Albany   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Roper   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Benedict   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Rest   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  South Ridge - Historic   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Buxton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vilas   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lafontaine   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Yates Center   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rose   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Durand   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Athens   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vernon   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cookville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  North Ridge - Historic   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Piqua   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Neosho Falls   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rocky Ford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rocky Ford.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Rocky Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Toronto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Quincy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Carlisle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Township Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Caley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pike Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Virgil Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rocky Ford ...

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 175 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rocky Ford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rocky Ford, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rocky Ford.

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>

While we didn't find Rocky Ford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rocky Ford.

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

Neal   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 144 people
 - Neal had a post office and railroad service
Toronto   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 552 people (with 267 people in 2018)
 - Toronto had a post office and railroad service
Quincy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Quincy had a post office and railroad service
Tonovay   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Tonovay had a post office and railroad service
Batesville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Rocky Ford
 - Batesville had railroad service and no post office
Utopia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Utopia had a post office and railroad service
Climax   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 87 people (with 66 people in 2018)
 - Climax had a post office and railroad service
Virgil   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 173 people (with 65 people in 2018)
 - Virgil had a post office and railroad service
Coyville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 268 people (with 43 people in 2018)
 - Coyville had a post office and railroad service

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

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 Greenwood County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Allen County:     Cyndi's



Anderson County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Chase County:     Cyndi's



Coffey County:     Cyndi's



Elk County:     Cyndi's



Lyon County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Neosho County:     Cyndi's



Wilson County:     Cyndi's



Woodson County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Kansas

About Greenwood County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Kansas:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Rocky Ford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Ford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8173, Longitude: -96.0511     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Ford 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 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 Rocky Ford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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