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Roscoe, Kansas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Roscoe ...

Although we found mention of Roscoe during our research, we have little information about it.<1> We believe that Roscoe had a post office at one time. We have done a cursory search and haven't been able to find any evidence that the community 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 Roscoe (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 Roscoe. 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 southeast 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 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.

Roscoe is located in Graham County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Graham County: Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Norton, Phillips, Rooks, Sheridan & Trego.

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

Graham     (The home county for Roscoe)
  Hill City   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]<2>
  Bogue   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Nicodemus   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Penokee   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Morland   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Saint Peter   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Allison   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Jennings   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Norcatur   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dresden   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Leoville   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kanona   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ellis   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Quinter   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Park   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Edmond   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Densmore   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lenora   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dellvale   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Norton   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Oronoque   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Almena   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rockwell City - Historic   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Logan   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Speed   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Prairie View   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Glade   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Phillipsburg   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Long Island   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kirwin   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Agra   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Damar   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Palco   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Zurich   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Plainville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodston   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hoxie   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  WaKeeney   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ogallah   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Collyer   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Roscoe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roscoe.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Roscoe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E McFarland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hill City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Buchanan Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Fagan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Prairie Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Wild Horse Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nicodemus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNW Edmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Modell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W South Star Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Roscoe ...

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 274 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roscoe.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Roscoe. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Roscoe and those printed in the larger area surrounding Roscoe.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km] of Roscoe.

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 Roscoe had a population of 32 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Hill City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Roscoe
 - 1895 population of 545 people (with 1,415 people in 2018)
 - Hill City had a post office and railroad service
Bogue   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Roscoe
 - Bogue had a post office and railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Roscoe
 - 1895 population of 276 people (with 47 people in 2018)
 - Edmond had a post office and railroad service
Nicodemus   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roscoe
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Nicodemus had a post office and no railroad service
Densmore   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Roscoe
 - 1895 population of 174 people
 - Densmore had a post office and railroad service
Penokee   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Roscoe
 - Penokee had a post office and railroad service
Damar   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roscoe
 - Damar had railroad service and no post office
Lenora   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Roscoe
 - 1895 population of 231 people (with 235 people in 2018)
 - Lenora 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 Roscoe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roscoe in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 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 Roscoe:

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 Graham County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Decatur County:     Cyndi's



Ellis County:     Cyndi's



Gove County:     Cyndi's



Norton County:     Cyndi's



Phillips County:     Cyndi's



Riley County:     Cyndi's



Rooks County:     Cyndi's



Sheridan County:     Cyndi's



Trego County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Kansas,
Cemeteries of Graham 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Roscoe ...

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

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 Roscoe:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Kansas

About Graham 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 Roscoe and then turned west". While Roscoe could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Roscoe 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 Miller Creek to see Pete ... Miller 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 Roscoe 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 Roscoe.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roscoe. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4808, Longitude: -99.7696     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roscoe have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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