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Our Genealogy Helper for Russell Springs ...

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 Russell Springs (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 Russell Springs. 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 Russell Springs ...

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 Russell Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Russell Springs: Russell Spgs. (or less commonly used: Russell Spngs. or Russell Sprngs.)

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.

Russell Springs is located in Logan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Logan County: Gove, Scott, Sherman, Thomas, Wallace & Wichita.

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

Logan     (The home county for Russell Springs)
  Winona   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Page City   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  McAllaster   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Monument   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elkader   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Oakley   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grinnell   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gove City   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grainfield   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Healy   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pence   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Scott City   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edson   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brewster   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Levant   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Colby   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gem   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Menlo   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wallace   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sharon Springs   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Marienthal   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leoti   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Selkirk - Historic   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Russell Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Russell Springs.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Russell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNW Winona Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Page Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NNE Monument Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  SSE Pence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  SSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  SSE Scott Mennonite Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  SE Keystone Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ft. Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  W Ft. Wallace Post Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  WSW Dinas Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brownville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Norwegian Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Russell Springs ...

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 178 newspapers that have been published in the area around Russell Springs.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Russell Springs. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Russell Springs and those printed in the larger area surrounding Russell Springs.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 49 miles [78.9 km] of Russell Springs.

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 Russell Springs had a population of 117 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Russell Springs had a population of 25 people.

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

Winona   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Russell Springs
 - 1895 population of 154 people (with 161 people in 2018)
 - Winona had a post office and railroad service
Page City   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Russell Springs
 - Page City had railroad service and no post office
McAllaster   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Russell Springs
 - McAllaster had a post office and railroad service
Monument   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Russell Springs
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Monument had a post office and railroad service
Pence   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Russell Springs
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Pence had a post office and no railroad service
Elkader   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Russell Springs
 - Elkader had a post office and no railroad service
Oakley   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Russell Springs
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 2,108 people in 2018)
 - Oakley had a post office and railroad service
Wallace   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West (W) from Russell Springs
 - 1895 population of 220 people (with 59 people in 2018)
 - Wallace had a post office and railroad service
Spica   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Russell Springs
 - Spica 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 Russell Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Russell Springs in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Russell Springs:

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 Logan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Gove County:     Cyndi's



Lane County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Sherman County:     Cyndi's



Thomas County:     Cyndi's



Wallace County:     Cyndi's



Wichita County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Russell Springs ...

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

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 Russell Springs:

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

We have found Russell Springs in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Russell Springs for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Kansas

About Logan County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Russell Springs. 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' (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- Russell Springs) 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 Russell Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Russell Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Russell Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9127, Longitude: -101.1758     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Russell Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<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 Russell Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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