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Our Genealogy Helper for Roy ...

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 Roy (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 Roy. 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 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.

Roy is located in Fergus 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 Fergus County: Blaine, Chouteau, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips & Wheatland.

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

  • Fergus County     (The home county of Roy)
    • Fort Maginnis [Fergus County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Maginnis
      • Fort Maginnis [Fergus County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Maginnis came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<2>
    • Roy Junction [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roy Junction
      • Roy Junction [Fergus County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Roy
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Roy Junction. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roy Junction
    • Maiden [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maiden
      • Maiden [Fergus County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maiden
    • Christina [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christina
      • Christina [Fergus County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Roy
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Christina
    • Giltedge [Fergus County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Giltedge
      • Giltedge [Fergus County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy
    • Hilger [Fergus County]
    • Grass Range [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grass Range
      • Grass Range [Fergus County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Roy
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 105 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grass Range have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grass Range
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grass Range<4>
    • Kendall [Fergus County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kendall
      • Kendall [Fergus County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Roy
    • Forestgrove [Fergus County]
    • Winifred [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winifred
      • Winifred [Fergus County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Roy
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 196 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winifred have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winifred
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winifred<4>
    • Heath [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heath
      • Heath [Fergus County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heath
    • Lewistown Heights [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewistown Heights
      • Lewistown Heights [Fergus County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewistown Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewistown Heights
  • Petroleum County
    • Teigen [Petroleum County]
    • Winnett [Petroleum County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winnett
      • Winnett [Petroleum County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Roy
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 190 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winnett have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winnett
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winnett<4>

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

Newspapers Published in Roy ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Roy, there are papers which were published within 36 miles [57.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Roy.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Roy:

  • 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 Roy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roy.

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

  • Roy Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Roy Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Roy Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roy Cemetery
  • Ft. Maginnis Cemetery
  • Dengel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dengel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Dengel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Dengel Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Roy.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dengel Cemetery
  • Gilt Edge Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Gilt Edge Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Gilt Edge Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Gilt Edge Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilt Edge Cemetery
  • Hilger Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hilger Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hilger Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hilger Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Roy.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilger Cemetery
  • Ayers Ranch Colony Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Grass Range Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Grass Range Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Grass Range Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Grass Range Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Roy.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grass Range Cemetery
    • Winifred Cemetery
    • Kendall Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kendall Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kendall Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Kendall Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Roy.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kendall Cemetery
    • Forest Grove Cemetery
    • Central Montana Memorial Gardens
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Central Montana Memorial Gardens
      • Central Montana Memorial Gardens lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy.
      • Central Montana Memorial Gardens has also been known as:
      • Sunset Memorial Gardens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central Montana Memorial Gardens
    • Great Divide Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Great Divide Cemetery
      • Great Divide Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy.
      • Great Divide Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Piper Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Great Divide Cemetery
    • Calvary Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Calvary Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Calvary Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Calvary Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calvary Cemetery
    • Lewistown 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.<7>

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

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

  • Fort Maginnis [Fergus County] - Historic
    • While Fort Maginnis was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Maginnis
    • Fort Maginnis [Fergus County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 43 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Maginnis had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Maginnis came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<2>
  • Maiden [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maiden
    • Maiden [Fergus County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Roy
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 392 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Maiden had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maiden
  • Christina [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christina
    • Christina [Fergus County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Roy
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 21 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Christina had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Christina
  • Grass Range [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grass Range
    • Grass Range [Fergus County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Roy
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 21 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 105 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Grass Range had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grass Range have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grass Range
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grass Range<4>

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Montana

About Fergus County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Fergus County: www.co.fergus.mt.us/

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

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Roy) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Roy. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RoyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.3334, Longitude: -108.9587    
<2>If we have found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Roy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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