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Our Genealogy Helper for Norfolk ...

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 Norfolk (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 Norfolk. 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 northwest 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 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.

Norfolk is located in Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Antelope, Boone, Pierce, Platte, Stanton & Wayne.

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

  DirDistance
Madison     (The home county for Norfolk)
  Battle Creek   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Fairview - Historic   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Madison   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Meadow Grove   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Emerick   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Newman Grove   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Antelope
  Oakdale   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Neligh   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brunswick   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Boone
  Vorhees   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Albion   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Boone   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Edward   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cedar
  Randolph   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Belden   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Magnet   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Coleridge   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Colfax
  Leigh   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clarkson   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Howells   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Cuming
  Wisner   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Aloys   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beemer   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Point   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dakota
  Emerson   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dixon
  Concord   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dixon   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Allen   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dodge
  Dodge   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Snyder   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Knox
  Wausa   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Creighton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pierce
  Hadar   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Wee Town   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pierce   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Foster   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  McLean   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Osmond   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Breslau   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Plainview   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Platte
  Creston   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Humphrey   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saint Bernard   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cornlea   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lindsay   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tarnov   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rosenburg   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Platte Center   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oconee   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sheldonville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Stanton
  Stanton   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pilger   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
 
Thurston
  Pender   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Thurston   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wayne
  Hoskins   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Winside   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Carroll   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sholes   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Norfolk ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Norfolk.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Prospect Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Zion - Bauremeister Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Christ Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Best Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Allbery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Pleasant Run Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belz Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bega Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Besk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zilmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Norfolk ...

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 163 newspapers that have been published in the area around Norfolk.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Norfolk. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Norfolk and those printed in the larger area surrounding Norfolk.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km] of Norfolk.

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 Norfolk had a population of 3,038 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Norfolk had a population of 24,434 people.

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

Warnerville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Norfolk
 - Warnerville had no post office or railroad service
 
Warnerville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Norfolk
 - Warnerville had a post office and railroad service
 
Hadar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Norfolk
 - Hadar had no post office or railroad service
 
Hadar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Norfolk
 - Hadar had railroad service and no post office
 
Hoskins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Norfolk
 - Hoskins had no post office or railroad service
 
Hoskins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Norfolk
 - Hoskins had a post office and railroad service
 
Battle Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Norfolk
 - Battle Creek had no post office or railroad service
 
Battle Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Norfolk
 - 1895 population of 352 people (with 1,201 people in 2017)
 - Battle Creek had a post office and railroad service
 
Stanton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Norfolk
 - Stanton 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 Norfolk. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Norfolk in the 1890's.

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 helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Norfolk:

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 Madison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Antelope County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cedar County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Colfax County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cuming County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dakota County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dixon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dodge County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Knox County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pierce County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Platte County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Stanton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Thurston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wayne County:     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 Madison 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Norfolk ...

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

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 Norfolk:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Norfolk

Published by Rand McNally & Co.


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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Nebraska

About Madison County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Norfolk: www.ci.norfolk.ne.us/

The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.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 '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- Norfolk) 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 Norfolk. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Norfolk

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norfolk. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0345, Longitude: -97.4220     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norfolk 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 Norfolk, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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