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Our Genealogy Helper for Sears ...

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 Sears (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 Sears. 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.

Sears is located in Ford County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ford County: Clark, Edwards, Gray, Hodgeman, Kiowa & Meade.

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

Ford     (The home county for Sears)
  Dodge City   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Fort Dodge   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wilroads Gardens   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wright   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Spearville   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ford   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bloom   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Windthorst   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bucklin   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Minneola   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Offerle   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kinsley   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kalvesta   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ravanna - Historic   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pierceville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ensign   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cimarron   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ingalls   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Copeland   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jetmore   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hanston   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mullinville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Kiowa   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fowler   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Meade   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sears ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sears.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Greencrest Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Ridenour Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Christ the King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kansas Veterans' Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SW Ensign Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Vale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  N St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SSW Cave Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sears ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sears.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sears, 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 Sears.

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>

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

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

South Dodge   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sears
 - South Dodge had railroad service and no post office
Dodge City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Sears
 - 1895 population of 1,763 people (with 27,329 people in 2018)
 - Dodge City had a post office and railroad service
Howell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sears
 - Howell had railroad service and no post office
Ensign   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sears
 - Ensign had a post office and railroad service
Wright   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Sears
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Wright had a post office and railroad service
Wilroads   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sears
 - Wilroads had railroad service and no post office
Cimarron   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sears
 - 1895 population of 895 people (with 2,211 people in 2018)
 - Cimarron had a post office and railroad service
Spearville   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sears
 - 1895 population of 460 people (with 793 people in 2018)
 - Spearville 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 Sears. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sears 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 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 - 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 Sears:

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 Ford County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clark County:     Cyndi's



Edwards County:     Cyndi's



Finney County:     Cyndi's



Gray County:     Cyndi's



Hodgeman County:     Cyndi's



Kiowa County:     Cyndi's



Meade County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

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

Find a Community located in Kansas

About Ford County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Ford 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- Sears) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sears. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7625, Longitude: -100.1060     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sears 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 Sears, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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