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Our Genealogy Helper for Van Buren ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Van Buren (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 Van Buren. 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.

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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Van Buren is located in Aroostook County.

To see how the shape of Maine's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Aroostook County: Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset & Washington.

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

  • Aroostook County     (The home county of Van Buren)
    • Cyr Plantation [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cyr Plantation
      • Cyr Plantation [Aroostook County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 94 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cyr Plantation have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cyr Plantation
    • Hamlin [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamlin
      • Hamlin [Aroostook County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 202 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hamlin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamlin
    • Caswell [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caswell
      • Caswell [Aroostook County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 281 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Caswell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caswell
    • Lille [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lille
      • Lille [Aroostook County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Van Buren
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lille
    • Stockholm [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stockholm
      • Stockholm [Aroostook County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 230 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stockholm
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stockholm<3>
    • Grand Isle [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grand Isle
      • Grand Isle [Aroostook County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 427 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grand Isle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grand Isle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grand Isle<3>
    • North Lyndon [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Lyndon
      • North Lyndon [Aroostook County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Lyndon
    • Sinclair [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sinclair
      • Sinclair [Aroostook County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Van Buren
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sinclair have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sinclair
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sinclair<3>
    • Limestone [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Limestone
      • Limestone [Aroostook County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,164 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Limestone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Limestone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Limestone<3>
    • New Sweden [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Sweden
      • New Sweden [Aroostook County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 563 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Sweden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Sweden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Sweden<3>
    • Saint David [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint David
      • Saint David [Aroostook County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Van Buren
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint David have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint David
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint David<3>
    • Barretts [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barretts
      • Barretts [Aroostook County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barretts
    • Saint Agatha [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Agatha
      • Saint Agatha [Aroostook County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 713 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Agatha
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Agatha<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Van Buren ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Van Buren.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Van Buren. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Van Buren and those printed in the larger area surrounding Van Buren.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km] of Van Buren.

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 professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Van Buren:

  • Genealogy information for nearby counties
  • 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.
    • Stories from Maine
    • Stories from New Brunswick
    • Stories from Quebec

Cemeteries Near Van Buren ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Van Buren.

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

  • Grand Riviere Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Grand Riviere Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Grand Riviere Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grand Riviere Cemetery
  • St. Bruno - St. Remi Cemetery
  • St. Leonard Cemetery
  • St. Leonard Parent Cemetery
  • St. Josephs Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Josephs Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Josephs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • St. Josephs Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Van Buren.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Josephs Cemetery
  • Assumption Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Mt. Carmel Cemetery
    • Notre Dame du Mt. Carmel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Notre Dame du Mt. Carmel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Notre Dame du Mt. Carmel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Notre Dame du Mt. Carmel Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Van Buren.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Notre Dame du Mt. Carmel Cemetery
    • First St. Theresa Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the First St. Theresa Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the First St. Theresa Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • First St. Theresa Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on First St. Theresa Cemetery
    • St. Theresas Catholic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Theresas Catholic Cemetery
      • The St. Theresas Catholic Cemetery is located outside and to the south of Stockholm.To be more precise, St. Theresas Catholic Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren.
      • St. Theresas Catholic Cemetery has also been known as:
      • St. Theresa Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Theresas Catholic Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #1967632<4>
    • Assumption Cemetery
    • Stockholm Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Stockholm Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Stockholm Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Stockholm Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stockholm Cemetery
    • Caldwell Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Caldwell Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Caldwell Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Caldwell Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Van Buren.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caldwell Cemetery
    • Houghton Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Houghton Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Houghton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Houghton Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Van Buren.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Houghton Cemetery
    • St. Gerard Cemetery

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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Van Buren had a population of 285 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Van Buren had a population of 1,983 people.

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

  • Van Buren [Aroostook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Van Buren
    • Van Buren [Aroostook County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Van Buren
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 285 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,983 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Van Buren had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Van Buren have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Van Buren
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Van Buren<3>
  • Hamlin [Aroostook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamlin
    • Hamlin [Aroostook County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Van Buren
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 202 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hamlin had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hamlin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamlin
  • Caswell [Aroostook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caswell
    • Caswell [Aroostook County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 20 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 281 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Caswell had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Caswell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caswell
  • Acadia [Aroostook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Acadia
    • Acadia [Aroostook County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Acadia had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Acadia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acadia
  • Jemtland [Aroostook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jemtland
    • Jemtland [Aroostook County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Jemtland had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jemtland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jemtland
  • North Lyndon [Aroostook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Lyndon
    • North Lyndon [Aroostook County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 50 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, North Lyndon had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Lyndon
  • Continue List ...
    • New Sweden [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Sweden
      • New Sweden [Aroostook County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 563 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, New Sweden had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Sweden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Sweden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Sweden<3>
    • Limestone [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Limestone
      • Limestone [Aroostook County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 154 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,164 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Limestone had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Limestone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Limestone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Limestone<3>
    • Saint David [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint David
      • Saint David [Aroostook County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Van Buren
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 45 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Saint David had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint David have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint David
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint David<3>
    • Caribou [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caribou
      • Caribou [Aroostook County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,800 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,622 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Caribou had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Caribou have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caribou
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Caribou<3>
    • Hurd [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hurd
      • Hurd [Aroostook County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hurd had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hurd have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hurd
    • East Lyndon [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Lyndon
      • East Lyndon [Aroostook County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Van Buren
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, East Lyndon had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Lyndon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Lyndon
    • Frenchville [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchville
      • Frenchville [Aroostook County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Van Buren
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 200 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,031 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Frenchville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frenchville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frenchville<3>
    • Perham [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perham
      • Perham [Aroostook County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Van Buren
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 364 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Perham had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Perham<3>
    • Upper Frenchville [Aroostook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Upper Frenchville
      • Upper Frenchville [Aroostook County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Van Buren
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 50 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Upper Frenchville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Upper Frenchville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upper Frenchville

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Van Buren. See our List of 1890's Communities around Van Buren.

Mentions & References for Van Buren

The Communities of Maine

About Aroostook County

About Maine

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

The official website for Aroostook County: www.aroostook.me.us/

The official website for State of Maine: https://www.maine.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Van Buren) 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 Van Buren. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Van BurenOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Van Buren. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.1573, Longitude: -67.9353       In this case, the coordinates for Van Buren have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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: findagrave.com.
<5>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 Van Buren, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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