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Shady Bend, Kansas

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Our Genealogy Helper for Shady Bend ...

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 Shady Bend (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 Shady Bend. 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 Shady Bend ...

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 Shady Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for Shady Bend: Shady Bnd.

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 and hospitals 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.

Shady Bend is located in Lincoln County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Ellsworth, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Russell & Saline.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for Shady Bend)
  Beverly   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Quartzite   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lincoln Center   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Barnard   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sylvan Grove   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dubuque - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Longford   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Glasco   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Simpson   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Macyville - Historic   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Miltonvale   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Solomon   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Talmage   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Carneiro - Historic   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kanopolis   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Yankee Run   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Venango   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Langley   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Frantz - Historic   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lorraine   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Holyrood   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marquette   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lindsborg   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hunter   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beloit   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Scottsville   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glen Elder   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cawker City   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tescott   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ada   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Culver   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Alfmil   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Minneapolis   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lindsey   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Delphos   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bennington   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Wells   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Verdi   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ackley   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Niles   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Geneseo   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Frederick   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Galt   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bushton   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lucas   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dorrance   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Luray   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brookville   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Phillips Village - Historic   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Salina   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Smolan   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Falun   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Cambria   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Assaria   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kipp   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gypsum   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Shady Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shady Bend.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Beverly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hammer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Washam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Twin Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elkhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Culver Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Heiser Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Shady Bend ...

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 68 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shady Bend.

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

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 Shady Bend had a population of 68 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Beverly   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Shady Bend
 - 1895 population of 168 people (with 148 people in 2018)
 - Beverly had a post office and railroad service
Lincoln Center   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shady Bend
 - 1895 population of 1,100 people (with 1,202 people in 2018)
 - Lincoln Center had a post office and railroad service
Tescott   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Shady Bend
 - 1895 population of 209 people (with 298 people in 2018)
 - Tescott had a post office and railroad service
Ada   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shady Bend
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Ada had a post office and railroad service
Milo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shady Bend
 - Milo had a post office and railroad service
Barnard   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Shady Bend
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 65 people in 2018)
 - Barnard had a post office and railroad service
Vesper   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Shady Bend
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Vesper had a post office and railroad service
Culver   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shady Bend
 - 1895 population of 89 people (with 117 people in 2018)
 - Culver 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 Shady Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shady Bend 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 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 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 Shady Bend:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barton County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Cloud County:     Cyndi's



Dickinson County:     Cyndi's



Ellsworth County:     Cyndi's



McPherson County:     Cyndi's



Mitchell County:     Cyndi's



Ottawa County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Russell County:     Cyndi's



Saline County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

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

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

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 Shady Bend:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Kansas

About Lincoln County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shady Bend. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Shady Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shady Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0183, Longitude: -98.0217     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shady Bend 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 Shady Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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