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Our Genealogy Helper for North Platte ...

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 North Platte (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 North Platte. 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.

Name Variations for North Platte ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

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

  • Typical abbreviation for North Platte: N. Platte

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.

North Platte is located in Lincoln County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Custer, Dawson, Frontier, Hayes, Keith, Logan, McPherson & Perkins.

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

  DirDistance
Lincoln     (The home county for North Platte)
  Birdwood   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Bignell   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hershey   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sutherland   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Brady   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Somerset   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dickens   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Wellfleet   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wallace   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Custer
  Arnold   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Dawson
  Gothenburg   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Willow Island   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Farnam   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Frontier
  Maywood   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Moorefield   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Curtis   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Keith
  Sarben   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Paxton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Logan
  Stapleton   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gandy   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
McPherson
  Ringgold   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tryon   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Perkins
  Grainton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elsie   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near North Platte ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of North Platte.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW North Platte Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Mariam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miriam Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NW McNeel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ESE Plainview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE McCullough Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  ESE Ft. McPherson National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  WNW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Lamont Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Lemont Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of North Platte ...

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 162 newspapers that have been published in the area around North Platte.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of North Platte. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of North Platte and those printed in the larger area surrounding North Platte.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 49 miles [78.9 km] of North Platte.

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 North Platte had a population of 3,055 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, North Platte had a population of 23,888 people.

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

Birdwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from North Platte
 - Birdwood had no post office or railroad service
 
Birdwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from North Platte
 - Birdwood had a post office and no railroad service
 
Maxwell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from North Platte
 - Maxwell had no post office or railroad service
 
Maxwell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from North Platte
 - Maxwell had a post office and railroad service
 
Hershey   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from North Platte
 - Hershey had no post office or railroad service
 
Hershey   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from North Platte
 - Hershey had a post office and railroad service
 
O'Fallons   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West (W) from North Platte
 - O'Fallons had railroad service and no post office
 
Myrtle - Historic   [Map]
 - While Myrtle was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from North Platte
 - Myrtle 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 North Platte. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring North Platte in the 1890's.

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 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 North Platte:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Custer County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dawson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Frontier County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Keith County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Logan County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
McPherson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Perkins 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 Lincoln 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 North Platte ...

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

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 North Platte:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of North Platte

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

1915-1916 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of North Platte


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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Nebraska

About Lincoln County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for North Platte: www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/

The official website for Lincoln County: www.co.lincoln.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- North Platte) 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 North Platte. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from North Platte

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Platte. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1270, Longitude: -100.7639     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Platte 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 North Platte, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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