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Orella, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Orella ...

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 Orella (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 Orella. 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 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 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.

Orella is located in Sioux County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sioux County: Box Butte, Dawes, Scotts Bluff, Fall River (SD), Goshen (WY) & Niobrara (WY).

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

Sioux     (The home county for Orella)
  Montrose - Historic   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Harrison   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Horn   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Whitney   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Crawford   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chadron   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Marsland   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bordeaux - Historic   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Fall River (SD)
  Ardmore (SD)   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Southwest Fall River (SD)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Heppner (SD)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oelrichs (SD)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Provo (SD)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rocky Ford (SD)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cascade Springs (SD)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Northeast Fall River (SD)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Smithwick (SD)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Edgemont (SD)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hot Springs (SD)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oral (SD)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Niobrara (WY)
  Kirtley (WY)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Van Tassell (WY)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Orella ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orella.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Union Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  WNW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Montrose Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSE Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SE Whitney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  WSW Bodarc Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  S Fort Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  SSE Crow Butte Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Orella ...

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 104 newspapers that have been published in the area around Orella.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Orella, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Orella.

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>

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

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

Montrose - Historic   [Map]
 - While Montrose was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Orella
 - Montrose had no post office or railroad service
Montrose - Historic   [Map]
 - While Montrose was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Orella
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Whitney   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Orella
 - Whitney had no post office or railroad service
Whitney   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Orella
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 74 people in 2017)
 - Whitney had a post office and railroad service
Fort Robinson - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fort Robinson was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Orella
 - Fort Robinson had no post office or railroad service
Fort Robinson - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fort Robinson was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Orella
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Fort Robinson had a post office and railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Orella
 - Crawford had no post office or railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Orella
 - 1895 population of 571 people (with 953 people in 2017)
 - Crawford had a post office and railroad service
Rumford (SD)   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Orella
 - Rumford 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 Orella. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orella 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 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 - 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 Orella:

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 Sioux County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dawes County:     Cyndi's



Fall River County (SD):     Cyndi's



Niobrara County (WY):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Nebraska:

Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Nebraska   Cemetery Wiki for Nebraska
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   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 ...
      South Dakota

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Nebraska

About Sioux County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sioux County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orella) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orella. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8933, Longitude: -103.5005     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orella 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:

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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 Orella, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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