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Our Genealogy Helper for Libby ...

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 Libby (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 Libby. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Libby is located in Lincoln 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 Lincoln County: Bonner (ID), Boundary (ID), Flathead & Sanders.

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

  • Lincoln County     (The home county of Libby)
    • Ripley [Lincoln County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ripley
      • Ripley [Lincoln County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Libby
    • Warland [Lincoln County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Warland
      • Warland [Lincoln County] was located 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Libby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Warland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Volcour [Lincoln County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Volcour
      • Volcour [Lincoln County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Libby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Volcour have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Troy [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Troy
      • Troy [Lincoln County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Libby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 982 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Troy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Troy<3>
    • Sylvanite [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylvanite
      • Sylvanite [Lincoln County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Libby
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sylvanite
    • Happys Inn [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Happys Inn
      • Happys Inn [Lincoln County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Libby
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Happys Inn
    • Trego [Lincoln County]
    • Fortine [Lincoln County]
    • Rexford [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rexford
      • Rexford [Lincoln County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Libby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 161 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rexford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rexford<3>
  • Sanders County
    • Noxon [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Noxon
      • Noxon [Sanders County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Libby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Noxon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Noxon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Noxon<3>
    • Smead [Sanders County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smead
      • Smead [Sanders County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Libby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Heron [Sanders County]
    • Trout Creek [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trout Creek
      • Trout Creek [Sanders County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Libby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trout Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trout Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Trout Creek<3>
  • Bonner County (ID)
    • Clark Fork [Bonner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clark Fork
      • Clark Fork [Bonner County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Libby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 589 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clark Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clark Fork
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clark Fork<3>
    • East Hope [Bonner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Hope
      • East Hope [Bonner County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Libby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 231 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Hope
    • Hope [Bonner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hope
      • Hope [Bonner County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Libby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 102 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hope<3>
  • Boundary County (ID)
    • Boulder City [Boundary County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boulder City
      • Boulder City [Boundary County] was located 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Libby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boulder City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Moyie Springs [Boundary County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moyie Springs
      • Moyie Springs [Boundary County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Libby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 795 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moyie Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moyie Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moyie Springs<3>
    • Bonners Ferry [Boundary County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonners Ferry
      • Bonners Ferry [Boundary County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Libby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,693 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonners Ferry
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bonners Ferry<3>
    • Naples [Boundary County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Libby ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Libby.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 everyone.

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

  • 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 Idaho
    • Stories from Montana

Cemeteries Near Libby ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Libby.

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

  • Libby Cemetery
  • Larchwood Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Larchwood Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Larchwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Larchwood Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Libby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Larchwood Cemetery
  • Troy Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Troy Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Troy Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Troy Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Libby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Troy Cemetery
  • Boulder Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Boulder Creek Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Boulder Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Boulder Creek Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Libby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boulder Creek Cemetery
  • Heron Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Heron Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Heron Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Heron Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Libby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heron Cemetery
  • Noxon Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Noxon Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Noxon Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Noxon Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Libby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Noxon 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>

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

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

  • Noxon [Sanders County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Noxon
    • Noxon [Sanders County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Libby
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 82 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Noxon had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Noxon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Noxon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Noxon<3>
  • Heron [Sanders County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heron
    • Heron [Sanders County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Libby
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Heron had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heron
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Heron<3>

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

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About Lincoln County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Libby: www.libbymontana.com/

The official website for Lincoln County: www.lincolncountymt.us/

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Libby) 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 Libby. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LibbyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Libby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.3872, Longitude: -115.5560       In this case, the coordinates for Libby 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 Libby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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