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Our Genealogy Helper for Skellyville ...

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 Skellyville (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 Skellyville. 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.

Skellyville is located in Kingman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kingman County: Barber, Harper, Pratt, Reno, Sedgwick & Sumner.

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

Kingman     (The home county for Skellyville)
  Cunningham   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Penalosa   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Willowdale   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Nashville   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kingman   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Zenda   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Spivey   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rago   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Norwich   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Isabel   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elm Mills   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Medicine Lodge   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Forest City - Historic   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sharon   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lake City   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sun City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Trousdale - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belpre   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fellsburg   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Duquoin   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Attica   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Danville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Haviland   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belvidere   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  East Kiowa   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Preston   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Iuka   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sawyer   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coats   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Byers   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cullison   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Turon   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Langdon   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sylvia   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Plevna   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pretty Prairie   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Abbyville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Partridge   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Castleton   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Darlow   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Adams Corner   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Whiteside   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alden   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cheney   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stafford   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hudson   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Macksville   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Seward   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Skellyville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Skellyville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Dresden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Rural Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cairo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S West Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Turin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NW Haynesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  N Neola Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lerado Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Skellyville ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Skellyville.

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

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

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

Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Skellyville
 - Cunningham had a post office and railroad service
Cairo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Skellyville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cairo had a post office and railroad service
Penalosa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Skellyville
 - 1895 population of 24 people (with 19 people in 2018)
 - Penalosa had a post office and railroad service
Preston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Skellyville
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 148 people in 2018)
 - Preston had a post office and railroad service
Calista - Historic   [Map]
 - While Calista was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Skellyville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Calista had a post office and railroad service
Turon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Skellyville
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 372 people in 2018)
 - Turon had a post office and railroad service
Lerado   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Skellyville
 - 1895 population of 144 people
 - Lerado had a post office and no railroad service
Natrona   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Skellyville
 - Natrona had railroad service and no post office
Neola   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Skellyville
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Neola 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 Skellyville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Skellyville 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 Skellyville:

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 Kingman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barber County:     Cyndi's



Edwards County:     Cyndi's



Harper County:     Cyndi's



Kiowa County:     Cyndi's



Pratt County:     Cyndi's



Reno County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Sedgwick County:     Cyndi's



Stafford County:     Cyndi's



Sumner County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Kansas

About Kingman County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skellyville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6750, Longitude: -98.4504     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Skellyville 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 Skellyville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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