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Our Genealogy Helper for Nebraska City ...

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 Nebraska City (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 Nebraska City. 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.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Nebraska City is located in Otoe County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Otoe County: Fremont (IA), Atchison (MO), Cass, Gage, Johnson, Lancaster & Nemaha.

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

  DirDistance
Otoe     (The home county for Nebraska City)
  Wyoming   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Dunbar   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lorton   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Talmage   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Otoe   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Syracuse   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Unadilla   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Burr   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Cass
  Union   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Nehawka   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Murray   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rock Bluff   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Weeping Water   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Plattsmouth   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Manley   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Elmwood   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wabash   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cullom   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Louisville   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Douglas
  Ralston   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Millard   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Gage
  Adams   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Johnson
  Cook   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tecumseh   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Elk Creek   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vesta   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Lancaster
  Bennet   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Panama   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Walton   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Holland   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pine Lake   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Firth   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hickman   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Nemaha
  Julian   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brock   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Peru   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Johnson   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rohrs   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Brownville   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Nemaha   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Deroin - Historic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Pawnee
  Table Rock   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Steinauer   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Richardson
  Stella   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Shubert   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Barada   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Verdon   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Straussville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Sarpy
  La Platte   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Papillion   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  La Vista   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Linoma Beach   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gretna   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chalco   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Saunders
  Ashland   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Fremont (IA)
  Percival (IA)   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  McPaul (IA)   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Thurman (IA)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hamburg (IA)   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sidney (IA)   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bartlett (IA)   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Riverton (IA)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tabor (IA)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Farragut (IA)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Randolph (IA)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Imogene (IA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Mills (IA)
  Pacific Junction (IA)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Pacific City (IA)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Glenwood (IA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Malvern (IA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hastings (IA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Silver City (IA)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mineola (IA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Emerson (IA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Henderson (IA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Montgomery (IA)
  Coburg (IA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Red Oak (IA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Page (IA)
  Shenandoah (IA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Northboro (IA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Essex (IA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Coin (IA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blanchard (IA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tarkio City (IA) - Historic   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Yorktown (IA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  College Springs (IA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Pottawattamie (IA)
  Council Bluffs (IA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Treynor (IA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Atchison (MO)
  Watson (MO)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Farmers City (MO)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Phelps City (MO)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Rock Port (MO)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Westboro (MO)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tarkio (MO)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairfax (MO)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Holt (MO)
  Corning (MO)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Nodaway (MO)
  Elmo (MO)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Nebraska City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nebraska City.

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 click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Wyuka Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Wyuka Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW St. Marys Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE St. Benedicts Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Novak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Fowlkes Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Blanchard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Cowles Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Bloomingdale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Camp Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Eatons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sciota Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Biggs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW West Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Slusher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rector Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Knox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hume Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunbar Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Nebraska City ...

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 319 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nebraska City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Nebraska City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Nebraska City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Nebraska City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Nebraska City.

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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Nebraska City had a population of 11,494 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Nebraska City had a population of 7,275 people.

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

Paul   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Nebraska City
 - Paul had no post office or railroad service
 
Paul   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Nebraska City
 - Paul had a post office and railroad service
 
Payne (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Nebraska City
 - Payne had a post office and railroad service
 
Percival (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nebraska City
 - 1895 population of 144 people
 - Percival had a post office and railroad service
 
Wyoming   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nebraska City
 - Wyoming had no post office or railroad service
 
Wyoming   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nebraska City
 - Wyoming had a post office and no railroad service
 
Minersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Nebraska City
 - Minersville had no post office or railroad service
 
Minersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Nebraska City
 - Minersville had railroad service and no post office
 
Dunbar   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Nebraska City
 - Dunbar had no post office or railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Nebraska City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nebraska City in the 1890's.

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 all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

These websites are specific to Nebraska:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Library/Archives Division of the Nebraska State Historical Society

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Nebraska to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Otoe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cass County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Douglas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Gage County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Johnson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lancaster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nemaha County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pawnee County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Richardson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sarpy County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saunders County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fremont County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mills County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Montgomery County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Page County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pottawattamie County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Atchison County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Holt County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nodaway County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Nebraska:

Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Nebraska
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Nebraska
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Nebraska, for Otoe County

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.

Disaster Stories from Nebraska
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Iowa
      Kansas
      Missouri

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Nebraska City ...

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

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Nebraska City:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Nebraska City

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

1924 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Nebraska City


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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Nebraska

About Otoe County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Otoe County: www.co.otoe.ne.us/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.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- Nebraska City) 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 Nebraska City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nebraska City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nebraska City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6755, Longitude: -95.8614     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nebraska City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Nebraska City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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