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Our Genealogy Helper for Ekalaka ...

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 Ekalaka (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 Ekalaka. 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 doctors 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.

Ekalaka is located in Carter County and is the County Seat.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Carter County: Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Butte (SD), Harding (SD) & Crook (WY).

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

  • Carter County     (The home county of Ekalaka)
  • Fallon County
    • Willard [Fallon County]
    • Baker [Fallon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baker
      • Baker [Fallon County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the north of Ekalaka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,897 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baker have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baker
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Baker<2>
    • Plevna [Fallon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plevna
      • Plevna [Fallon County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the north of Ekalaka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 141 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plevna have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plevna
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plevna<2>
  • Powder River County
  • Slope County (ND)
    • Marmarth [Slope County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marmarth
      • Marmarth [Slope County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Ekalaka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 135 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marmarth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marmarth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marmarth<2>
  • Harding County (SD)
    • Camp Crook [Harding County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp Crook
      • Camp Crook [Harding County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Ekalaka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 66 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camp Crook have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Crook
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Camp Crook<2>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ekalaka ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ekalaka.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ekalaka. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ekalaka and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ekalaka.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Ekalaka.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Ekalaka:

  • 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 Montana
    • Stories from North Dakota
    • Stories from South Dakota

Cemeteries Near Ekalaka ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ekalaka.

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

  • IOOF Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the IOOF Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the IOOF Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on IOOF Cemetery
  • Russell Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Russell Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Russell Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Russell Cemetery
  • Lame Jones Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lame Jones Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lame Jones Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lame Jones Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Ekalaka.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lame Jones Cemetery
  • Pioneer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pioneer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pioneer Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Ekalaka.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pioneer Cemetery
  • Boothill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Boothill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Boothill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Boothill Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Ekalaka.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boothill 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.<4>

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

  • Powderville [Powder River County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Powderville
    • Powderville [Powder River County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Ekalaka
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Powderville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Powderville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Powderville<2>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ekalaka ...

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

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Rand McNally Map of Montana (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Shell Oil Map of Montana (1951)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found Ekalaka in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Ekalaka for more information.

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

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

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ekalaka) 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 Ekalaka. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from EkalakaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ekalaka. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8894, Longitude: -104.5507       In this case, the coordinates for Ekalaka have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<4>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 Ekalaka, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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