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Our Genealogy Helper for Saint Joe ...

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 Saint Joe (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 Saint Joe. 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 Saint Joe ...

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 Saint Joe.

  • Typical abbreviation for Saint Joe: St. Joe

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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Saint Joe is located in Reno County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Reno County: Harvey, Kingman, McPherson, Pratt, Rice, Sedgwick & Stafford.

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

Reno     (The home county for Saint Joe)
  Haven   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Castleton   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Yoder   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pretty Prairie   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Darlow   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Punkin Center - Historic   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Elmer   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Obeeville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  South Hutchinson   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Whiteside   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Partridge   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Andover   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Prairie Village   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sunset Acres   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Benton   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rose Hill   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Whitewater   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lorena   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Salter   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elbing   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Towanda   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Duquoin   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Danville   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burrton   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sedgwick   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Halstead   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Van Arsdale   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Putnam   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Alta Mills - Historic   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sand Creek   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Newton   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McLains   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  North Newton   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Zimmerdale   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hesston   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Annelly   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Norwich   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kingman   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rago   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spivey   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Penalosa   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Willowdale   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Zenda   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cunningham   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Goessel   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Inman   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Moundridge   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Andale   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Garden Plain   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cheney   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Colwich   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Maize   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Westlink Village   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bentley   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Coleman   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clonmel   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Viola   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Cow Town   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Milton   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Conway Springs   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Argonia   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Milan   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mayfield   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Roland   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Saint Joe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saint Joe.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Mulkey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Cheney Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Afton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chikaskia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Saint Joe ...

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 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saint Joe.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saint Joe, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saint Joe.

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 Saint Joe in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Saint Joe.

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

Garden Plain   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 300 people (with 900 people in 2018)
 - Garden Plain had a post office and railroad service
Andale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 127 people (with 988 people in 2018)
 - Andale had railroad service and no post office
Cheney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 304 people (with 2,172 people in 2018)
 - Cheney had a post office and railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 241 people (with 800 people in 2018)
 - Mount Hope had a post office and railroad service
Haven   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 273 people (with 1,196 people in 2018)
 - Haven had a post office and railroad service
Colwich   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 1,409 people in 2018)
 - Colwich had a post office and no railroad service
Goddard   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,724 people in 2018)
 - Goddard had a post office and railroad service
Waterloo - Historic   [Map]
 - While Waterloo was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint Joe
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Waterloo 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 Saint Joe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saint Joe 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 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 Saint Joe:

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 Reno County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:     Cyndi's



Harper County:     Cyndi's



Harvey County:     Cyndi's



Kingman County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



McPherson County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Sedgwick County:     Cyndi's



Sumner County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

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

About Reno County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Reno County:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saint Joe) 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 Saint Joe. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Saint Joe

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Joe. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7489, Longitude: -97.7320     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint Joe 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 Saint Joe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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