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Our Genealogy Helper for Zap ...

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 Zap (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 Zap. 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 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.

Zap is located in Mercer County.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Dunn, McLean, Morton, Oliver & Stark.

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

  • Mercer County     (The home county of Zap)
    • Golden Valley [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golden Valley
      • Golden Valley [Mercer County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 164 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Golden Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golden Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Golden Valley<3>
    • Beulah [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beulah
      • Beulah [Mercer County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,128 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beulah have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beulah
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beulah<3>
    • Beaver Creek [Mercer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaver Creek
      • Beaver Creek [Mercer County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Zap
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Beaver Creek. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Hazen [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hazen
      • Hazen [Mercer County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,332 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hazen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hazen<3>
    • Krem [Mercer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Krem
      • Krem [Mercer County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Krem. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Red Butte [Mercer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Butte
      • Red Butte [Mercer County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Zap
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Red Butte. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Stanton [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanton
      • Stanton [Mercer County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 340 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanton<3>
    • Knife River Village [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knife River Village
      • Knife River Village [Mercer County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Zap
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knife River Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knife River Village
    • Pick City [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pick City
      • Pick City [Mercer County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 132 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pick City
  • Dunn County
    • Dodge [Dunn County]
    • Halliday [Dunn County]
    • Twin Buttes [Dunn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Buttes
      • Twin Buttes [Dunn County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Zap
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Buttes
    • Marshall [Dunn County]
    • Dunn Center [Dunn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunn Center
      • Dunn Center [Dunn County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 192 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dunn Center have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dunn Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dunn Center<3>
    • Killdeer [Dunn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Killdeer
      • Killdeer [Dunn County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,155 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Killdeer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Killdeer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Killdeer<3>
    • Manning [Dunn County]
  • McLean County
    • Nishu [McLean County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nishu
      • Nishu [McLean County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Zap
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Nishu. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Elbowoods [McLean County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elbowoods
      • Elbowoods [McLean County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Zap
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Elbowoods. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • White Shield [McLean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Shield
      • White Shield [McLean County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Zap
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Shield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Shield
    • Riverdale [McLean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riverdale
      • Riverdale [McLean County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 224 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Riverdale<3>
    • Roseglen [McLean County]
    • Garrison [McLean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garrison
      • Garrison [McLean County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,458 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garrison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garrison
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Garrison<3>
    • Coleharbor [McLean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coleharbor
      • Coleharbor [McLean County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 87 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coleharbor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coleharbor
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coleharbor<3>
    • Underwood [McLean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Underwood
      • Underwood [McLean County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 729 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Underwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Underwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Underwood<3>
  • Morton County
    • Hebron [Morton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hebron
      • Hebron [Morton County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 676 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hebron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hebron<3>
    • Bluegrass [Morton County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluegrass
      • Bluegrass [Morton County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Zap
    • Glen Ullin [Morton County]
    • New Salem [Morton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Salem
      • New Salem [Morton County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,006 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Salem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Salem
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Salem<3>
  • Oliver County
    • Hannover [Oliver County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hannover
      • Hannover [Oliver County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Zap
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hannover
    • Center [Oliver County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Center
      • Center [Oliver County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 565 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Center<3>
  • Stark County
    • Richardton [Stark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richardton
      • Richardton [Stark County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 573 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richardton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richardton<3>
    • Taylor [Stark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taylor
      • Taylor [Stark County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Zap
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 171 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taylor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taylor
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taylor<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Zap ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zap.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Zap. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Zap and those printed in the larger area surrounding Zap.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 39 miles [62.8 km] of Zap.

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 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 Zap:

  • 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 North Dakota

Cemeteries Near Zap ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zap.

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

  • Peace Congregational Cemetery
  • Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
  • Engbrecht Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Engbrecht Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Engbrecht Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Engbrecht Cemetery
  • Golgotha Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Golgotha Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Golgotha Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Golgotha Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Zap.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golgotha Cemetery
  • Hope Congregational Cemetery
  • St. James Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Emmaus Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Emmaus Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Emmaus Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Emmaus Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Zap.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emmaus Cemetery
    • Boeckel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Boeckel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Boeckel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Boeckel Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boeckel Cemetery
    • Rose Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rose Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rose Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Rose Hill Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Zap.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Hill Cemetery
    • Saron Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Saron Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Saron Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Saron Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saron Cemetery
    • St. James Cemetery
    • Spring Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spring Creek Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spring Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Spring Creek Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Zap.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Creek Cemetery
    • St. Johannes Cemetery
    • St. Matthseus / Neusatz Cemetery
    • Nayzatch 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.<6>

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

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

  • Krem [Mercer County] - Historic
    • While Krem was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Krem
    • Krem [Mercer County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Zap
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Krem had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Krem. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Stanton [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanton
    • Stanton [Mercer County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Zap
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 102 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 340 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Stanton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanton<3>
  • Hannover [Oliver County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hannover
    • Hannover [Oliver County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Zap
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hannover had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hannover
  • Hebron [Morton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hebron
    • Hebron [Morton County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Zap
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 84 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 676 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hebron had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hebron
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hebron<3>
  • Bluegrass [Morton County] - Historic
    • While Bluegrass was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluegrass
    • Bluegrass [Morton County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Zap
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bluegrass had railroad service and no post office

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Zap ...

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

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

Rand McNally Map of North Dakota (1937)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Shell Oil Road Map for North Dakota (1949)
Published by Shell Oil Company

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

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

Visit our Community Index for North Dakota

About Mercer County

About North Dakota

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

The official website for State of North Dakota: www.nd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Zap) 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 Zap. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ZapOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zap. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.2866, Longitude: -101.9244    
<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>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Zap, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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