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Our Genealogy Helper for Samples Crossing ...

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 Samples Crossing (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 Samples Crossing. 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.

Name Variations for Samples Crossing ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

  • A typical abbreviation for Samples Crossing: Samples Xing.
  • While the name of this community is Samples Crossing, be aware that it's the common practice of mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names<1>. So Samples Crossing may originally have been Sample's Crossing.

    Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Samples Crossing might be written as Sample Crossing.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Samples Crossing 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 Samples Crossing. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Samples Crossing:

  • Fergus County     (The home county of Samples Crossing)
    • Danvers [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Danvers
      • Danvers [Fergus County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Samples Crossing
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Danvers
    • Denton [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denton
      • Denton [Fergus County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 234 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Denton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Denton<4>
    • Kendall [Fergus County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kendall
      • Kendall [Fergus County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the east of Samples Crossing
    • Hilger [Fergus County]
    • Coffee Creek [Fergus County]
    • Glengarry [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glengarry
      • Glengarry [Fergus County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glengarry
    • Lewistown Heights [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewistown Heights
      • Lewistown Heights [Fergus County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewistown Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewistown Heights
    • Christina [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christina
      • Christina [Fergus County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the northeast of Samples Crossing
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Christina
    • Lewistown [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewistown
      • Lewistown [Fergus County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,905 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewistown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewistown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewistown<4>
    • Roy Junction [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roy Junction
      • Roy Junction [Fergus County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the east of Samples Crossing
      • 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.<5>
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roy Junction
    • Moore [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moore
      • Moore [Fergus County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the south of Samples Crossing
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 182 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moore have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moore
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moore<4>
    • Maiden [Fergus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maiden
      • Maiden [Fergus County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the east of Samples Crossing
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maiden
  • Chouteau County
    • Geraldine [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Geraldine
      • Geraldine [Chouteau County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Samples Crossing
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 251 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Geraldine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Geraldine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Geraldine<4>
  • Judith Basin County
    • Moccasin [Judith Basin County]
    • Hobson [Judith Basin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hobson
      • Hobson [Judith Basin County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the south of Samples Crossing
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 229 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hobson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hobson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hobson<4>
    • Arrow Creek [Judith Basin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arrow Creek
      • Arrow Creek [Judith Basin County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arrow Creek
    • Windham [Judith Basin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windham
      • Windham [Judith Basin County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southwest of Samples Crossing
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windham
    • Stanford [Judith Basin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanford
      • Stanford [Judith Basin County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 389 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stanford have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanford<4>
    • Geyser [Judith Basin County]

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

Newspapers Published in Samples Crossing ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Samples Crossing.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Samples Crossing, 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 Samples Crossing.

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 Samples Crossing:

  • 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 Samples Crossing ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Samples Crossing.

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

  • Danvers Cemetery
  • Hillcrest Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hillcrest Cemetery
    • Hillcrest Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillcrest 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.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Kendall Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the east of Samples Crossing.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kendall Cemetery
  • Strouf Pioneer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Strouf Pioneer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Strouf Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Strouf Pioneer Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strouf Pioneer Cemetery
  • Central Montana Memorial Gardens
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Central Montana Memorial Gardens
    • Central Montana Memorial Gardens lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing.
    • Central Montana Memorial Gardens has also been known as:
    • Sunset Memorial Gardens
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central Montana Memorial Gardens
  • 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.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hilger Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the east of Samples Crossing.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilger Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Moccasin Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Moccasin Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Moccasin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Moccasin Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the southwest of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moccasin Cemetery
    • Coffee Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Coffee Creek Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Coffee Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Coffee Creek Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coffee Creek Cemetery
    • Lewistown Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lewistown Cemetery
      • Lewistown Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing.
      • Lewistown Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Lewistown City Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewistown Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #1862955<6>
    • 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.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Calvary Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calvary Cemetery
    • Benchland Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Benchland Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Benchland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Benchland Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benchland Cemetery
    • Moore Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Moore Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Moore Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Moore Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the south of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moore Cemetery
    • Everson Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Everson Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Everson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Everson Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the north of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Everson Cemetery
    • Philbrook Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Philbrook Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Philbrook Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Philbrook Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Philbrook 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.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Beaver Creek Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the south of Samples Crossing.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver Creek 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 Samples Crossing in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Samples Crossing.

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

  • Denton [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denton
    • Denton [Fergus County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 234 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Denton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Denton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Denton<4>
  • Lewistown [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewistown
    • Lewistown [Fergus County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 785 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,905 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lewistown had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewistown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewistown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewistown<4>
  • Christina [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christina
    • Christina [Fergus County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the northeast of Samples Crossing
    • 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
  • Cottonwood [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood
    • Cottonwood [Fergus County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Samples Crossing
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 86 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cottonwood had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottonwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood
  • Maiden [Fergus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maiden
    • Maiden [Fergus County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the east of Samples Crossing
    • 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
  • Stanford [Judith Basin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanford
    • Stanford [Judith Basin County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the west of Samples Crossing
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 389 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Stanford had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stanford have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanford
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanford<4>
  • 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 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the east of Samples Crossing
    • 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:<8>

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Samples Crossing. 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>It's generally believed that possessive apostrophes are removed to prevent confusion on maps where the apostrophe may be confused with a cartographic symbol. While this is generally true, it's not uncommon to find possessive apostrophes in administrative names (such as towns or counties).
<2>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 from Point A (ie- Samples Crossing) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Samples Crossing. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.2736, Longitude: -109.7202       In this case, the coordinates for Samples Crossing have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<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 Samples Crossing, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<8>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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