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Our Genealogy Helper for Preston ...

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 Preston (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 Preston. 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 and 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.

Preston is located in Meagher County.

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 Meagher County: Broadwater, Cascade, Gallatin, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Park, Sweet Grass & Wheatland.

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

  • Meagher County     (The home county of Preston)
    • Fort Logan [Meagher County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Logan
      • Fort Logan [Meagher County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Preston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Logan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Logan
    • Langford City [Meagher County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Langford City
      • Langford City [Meagher County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Preston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Langford City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • White Sulphur Springs [Meagher County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Sulphur Springs
      • White Sulphur Springs [Meagher County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Preston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 915 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Sulphur Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Sulphur Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White Sulphur Springs<3>
  • Broadwater County
    • Whites City [Broadwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whites City
      • Whites City [Broadwater County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whites City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whites City
    • Diamond City [Broadwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Diamond City
      • Diamond City [Broadwater County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Preston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Diamond City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Diamond City
    • Winston [Broadwater County]
    • Townsend [Broadwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Townsend
      • Townsend [Broadwater County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Preston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,220 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Townsend
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Townsend<3>
    • Toston [Broadwater County]
    • Radersburg [Broadwater County]
  • Cascade County
    • Millegan [Cascade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millegan
      • Millegan [Cascade County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Preston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Millegan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Millegan
    • Neihart [Cascade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Neihart
      • Neihart [Cascade County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Preston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 48 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Neihart have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Neihart
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Neihart<3>
    • Monarch [Cascade County]
    • Cascade [Cascade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cascade
      • Cascade [Cascade County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Preston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 677 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cascade have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cascade
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cascade<3>
  • Jefferson County
    • Montana City [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montana City
      • Montana City [Jefferson County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montana City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montana City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montana City<3>
    • Clancy [Jefferson County]
    • Jefferson City [Jefferson County]
  • Lewis and Clark County
    • Cavetown [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cavetown
      • Cavetown [Lewis and Clark County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Preston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cavetown
    • East Helena [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Helena
      • East Helena [Lewis and Clark County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Preston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,130 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Helena
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Helena<3>
    • Helena [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helena
      • Helena [Lewis and Clark County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Preston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 33,737 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helena
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Helena<3>
    • Craig [Lewis and Clark County]
    • Fort Harrison [Lewis and Clark County]
    • Wolf Creek [Lewis and Clark County]

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

Newspapers Published in Preston ...

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 112 newspapers that have been published in the area around Preston.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Preston, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Preston.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 everyone.

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

  • 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

Cemeteries Near Preston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Preston.

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

  • Kinyon Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kinyon Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kinyon Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Kinyon Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Preston.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kinyon Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #20950<4>
  • Diamond City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Diamond City Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Diamond City Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Diamond City Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Preston.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Diamond City Cemetery
  • Cemetery Island / Canyon Ferry Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cemetery Island / Canyon Ferry Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cemetery Island / Canyon Ferry Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Cemetery Island / Canyon Ferry Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cemetery Island / Canyon Ferry Cemetery
  • York Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the York Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the York Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • York Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Preston.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on York Cemetery
  • Beaver Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Beaver Creek Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Beaver Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Beaver Creek Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver Creek Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fairview Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fairview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Fairview Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Preston.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairview Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Winston Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Winston Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Winston Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Winston Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winston Cemetery
    • Hardgrove Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hardgrove Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hardgrove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Hardgrove Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardgrove Cemetery
    • Mayn Cemetery
    • St. Anns Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Anns Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Anns Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • St. Anns Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Anns Cemetery
    • Serbian Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Serbian Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Serbian Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Serbian Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Serbian Cemetery
    • Turner Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Turner Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Turner Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Turner Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turner Cemetery
    • East Helena Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the East Helena Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the East Helena Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • East Helena Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Helena Cemetery
    • Centerville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Centerville Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Centerville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Centerville Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centerville Cemetery
    • Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Cross Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Cross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Holy Cross Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Preston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Cross 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 Preston in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Preston.

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

  • Fort Logan [Meagher County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Logan
    • Fort Logan [Meagher County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Preston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 29 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Logan had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Logan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Logan
  • Millegan [Cascade County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millegan
    • Millegan [Cascade County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Preston
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Millegan had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Millegan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Millegan
  • Canton [Broadwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canton
    • Canton [Broadwater County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Preston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 22 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Canton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canton
  • Clasoil [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clasoil
    • Clasoil [Jefferson County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Preston
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Clasoil had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clasoil have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clasoil
  • White Sulphur Springs [Meagher County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Sulphur Springs
    • White Sulphur Springs [Meagher County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Preston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 640 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 915 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, White Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Sulphur Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Sulphur Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White Sulphur Springs<3>
  • Wolsey [Meagher County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wolsey
    • Wolsey [Meagher County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Preston
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wolsey had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wolsey have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wolsey
  • East Helena [Lewis and Clark County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Helena
    • East Helena [Lewis and Clark County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Preston
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,130 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, East Helena had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Helena
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Helena<3>

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Preston. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Preston) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Preston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.7438, Longitude: -111.3583       In this case, the coordinates for Preston 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 Preston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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