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Our Genealogy Helper for Norman ...

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 Norman (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 Norman. 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 hospitals and 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.

Norman is located in Kearney County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kearney County: Adams, Buffalo, Franklin, Harlan, Phelps & Webster.

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

  DirDistance
Kearney     (The home county for Norman)
  Heartwell   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Minden   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Valley City - Historic   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kearney City - Historic   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Axtell   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wilcox   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Adams
  Holstein   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Kenesaw   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hayland   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Juniata   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ayr   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Prosser   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Hastings   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Good Samaritan Village   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hansen   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Trumbull   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Buffalo
  Gibbon   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Buda   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Shelton   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kearney   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Odessa   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Riverdale   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Prairie Center   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elm Creek   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Amherst   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ravenna   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sweetwater   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sartoria   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Clay
  Glenvil   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Inland   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Deweese   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Harvard   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clay Center   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Franklin
  Campbell   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Upland   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hildreth   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Macon   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bloomington   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Naponee   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Hall
  Wood River   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Doniphan   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alda   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grand Island   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Hamilton
  Giltner   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Harlan
  Ragan   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Huntley   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Republican City   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Alma   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Nuckolls
  Lawrence   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Phelps
  Funk   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Holdrege   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Loomis   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Westmark   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Webster
  Bladen   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Blue Hill   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rosemont   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Inavale   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cowles   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Red Cloud   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Amboy   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pawnee Village   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Guide Rock   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Norman ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Norman.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Norman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW May Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Danish Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Eaton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Osco Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Morseville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Fredericksburg Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Free Mission Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Logan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Holy Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Minden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Zion Lutheran Wanda Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Norman ...

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 213 newspapers that have been published in the area around Norman.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Norman, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Norman.

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 in 1895, Norman had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Norman had a population of 42 people.

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

Heartwell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Norman
 - Heartwell had no post office or railroad service
 
Heartwell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Norman
 - Heartwell had a post office and railroad service
 
Holstein   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Norman
 - Holstein had no post office or railroad service
 
Holstein   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 118 people (with 240 people in 2017)
 - Holstein had a post office and railroad service
 
Minden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Norman
 - Minden had no post office or railroad service
 
Minden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 1,380 people (with 2,973 people in 2017)
 - Minden had a post office and railroad service
 
Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Norman
 - Lowell had no post office or railroad service
 
Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Lowell had a post office and railroad service
 
Kenesaw   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Norman
 - Kenesaw had no post office or railroad service
 
Kenesaw   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Norman
 - Kenesaw had a post office and railroad service
 
Upland   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Norman
 - Upland 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 Norman. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Norman in the 1890's.

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 websites either 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 Norman:

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 Kearney County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Buffalo County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clay County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Franklin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hamilton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harlan County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nuckolls County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Phelps County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Webster 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

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 ...
      Kansas

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Norman ...

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

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 Norman:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Norman

Published by Rand McNally & Co.


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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Nebraska

About Kearney County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kearney County: www.kearneycounty.ne.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Norman) 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 Norman. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Norman

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norman. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4792, Longitude: -98.7921     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norman 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 Norman, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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