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Our Genealogy Helper for Shaw ...

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 Shaw (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 Shaw. 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 hospitals and 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.

Shaw is located in Neosho County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Neosho County: Allen, Bourbon, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, Wilson & Woodson.

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

Neosho     (The home county for Shaw)
  Erie   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Earlton   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Chanute   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Galesburg   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stark   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Octagon City - Historic   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Savonburg   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Petrolia   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elsmore   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bassett   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  La Harpe   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gas   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Iola   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Moran   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Carlyle   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Colony   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lone Elm   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kincaid   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Welda   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Porterville   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bronson   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hiattville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pawnee Station   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Marmaton   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Godfrey   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Devon   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bell Town - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fort Scott   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mapleton   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Garland   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sherman   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stone City - Historic   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  West Mineral   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  East Mineral - Historic   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hamilton Camp - Historic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mayer - Historic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Monte Carlo - Historic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carona   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Barrett - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hallowell   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coal Valley - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dutch Hollow - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Aliceville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Walnut   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Brazilton   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Greenbush   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hepler   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  McCune   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Farlington   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Girard   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beulah   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cato   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ringo   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cherokee   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fall River   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dennis   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Morehead   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Strauss   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Labette   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mound Valley   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Altamont   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oswego   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Edna   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Chetopa   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Blue Mound   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cherryvale   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Independence   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Avian - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kalloch - Historic   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Vilas   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  South Ridge - Historic   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rest   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hilford   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Neodesha   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Benedict   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Roper   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lafontaine   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Coyville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  North Ridge - Historic   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cookville   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rose   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Piqua   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Durand   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Yates Center   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Neosho Falls   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vernon   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Barton (MO)
  Burgess (MO)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mindenmines (MO)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Shaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shaw.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW South Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Urbana Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grant - Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE East Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New East Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Dunkard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Odense Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Putnam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Leanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Swedish Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Crane Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Shaw ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shaw, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shaw.

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 Shaw had a population of 78 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Rollin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shaw
 - Rollin had a post office and no railroad service
Erie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 1,176 people (with 1,085 people in 2018)
 - Erie had a post office and railroad service
Urbana   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Urbana had a post office and railroad service
Odense   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Odense had a post office and no railroad service
Earlton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 52 people in 2018)
 - Earlton had a post office and railroad service
Galesburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 241 people (with 119 people in 2018)
 - Galesburg had a post office and railroad service
Kimball   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shaw
 - Kimball had railroad service and no post office
Chanute   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 2,826 people (with 9,018 people in 2018)
 - Chanute had a post office and railroad service
Leanna   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Leanna had a post office and no railroad service
Stark   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 246 people (with 67 people in 2018)
 - Stark 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 Shaw. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shaw 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 - you should note 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 Shaw:

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 Neosho County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Allen County:     Cyndi's



Anderson County:     Cyndi's



Bourbon County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Coffey County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Greenwood County:     Cyndi's



Labette County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Wilson County:     Cyndi's



Woodson County:     Cyndi's



Barton County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Kansas,
Cemeteries of Neosho County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Kansas   Cemetery Wiki for Kansas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Kansas, for Neosho 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Shaw ...

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

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 Shaw:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Kansas

About Neosho County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shaw. 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- Shaw) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shaw. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6023, Longitude: -95.3175     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shaw 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 Shaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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