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Panama, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Panama ...

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 Panama (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 Panama. 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 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.

Panama is located in Lancaster County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lancaster County: Butler, Cass, Gage, Johnson, Otoe, Saline, Saunders & Seward.

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

Lancaster     (The home county for Panama)
  Holland   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Bennet   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Firth   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hickman   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Roca   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pine Lake   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sprague   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Martell   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Walton   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  College View   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hallam   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Eagle   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Alvo   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Elmwood   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wabash   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Weeping Water   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Manley   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Nehawka   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  South Bend   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Louisville   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Adams   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cortland   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Pickrell   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Clatonia   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Filley   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Virginia   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Beatrice   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Holmesville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Blue Springs   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wymore   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harbine   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Diller   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Cook   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vesta   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tecumseh   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Elk Creek   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Johnson   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brock   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rohrs   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Julian   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Burr   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Unadilla   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Syracuse   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Otoe   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lorton   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Talmage   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nebraska City   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lewiston   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Steinauer   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burchard   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Table Rock   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pawnee City   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Crete   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Wilber   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  De Witt   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dorchester   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Swanton   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Western   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Friend   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Linoma Beach   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gretna   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ceresco   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Memphis   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Valparaiso   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ithaca   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wann   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pleasant Dale   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Grover   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Milford   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Garland   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Seward   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bee   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Goehner   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fremont (IA)
  Percival (IA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McPaul (IA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Panama ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Panama.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Panama Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Pella Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Solon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Swiggart Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Holland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Douglas Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E St. Martins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Bennet Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Hickman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Stagecoach Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Dietz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Firth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Dughman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Roca Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Palmyra Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Rosewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Leos Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Princeton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cheney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Stockfeldt Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Panama ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Panama.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Panama. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Panama and those printed in the larger area surrounding Panama.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 38 miles [61.2 km] of Panama.

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 Panama had a population of 135 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Panama had a population of 281 people.

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

Pella - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pella was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Panama
 - Pella had no post office or railroad service
Pella - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pella was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Panama
 - Pella had a post office and no railroad service
Holland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Panama
 - Holland had no post office or railroad service
Holland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Panama
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Holland had a post office and no railroad service
Bennet   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Panama
 - Bennet had no post office or railroad service
Bennet   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Panama
 - 1895 population of 474 people (with 892 people in 2017)
 - Bennet had a post office and railroad service
Firth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Panama
 - 1895 population of 259 people (with 577 people in 2017)
 - Firth had a post office and railroad service
Douglas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Panama
 - Douglas had no post office or railroad service
Douglas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Panama
 - Douglas had a post office and railroad service
Hickman   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Panama
 - Hickman had no post office or railroad service
Hickman   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Panama
 - 1895 population of 341 people (with 2,221 people in 2017)
 - Hickman had a post office and railroad service
Roca   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Panama
 - 1895 population of 191 people (with 290 people in 2017)
 - Roca had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Panama. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Panama 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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Panama:

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 Lancaster County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cass County:     Cyndi's



Gage County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Nemaha County:     Cyndi's



Otoe County:     Cyndi's



Pawnee County:     Cyndi's



Saline County:     Cyndi's



Sarpy County:     Cyndi's



Saunders County:     Cyndi's



Seward County:     Cyndi's



Fremont County (IA):     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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Panama ...

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

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 Panama:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Panama

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Lancaster County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lancaster 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- Panama) 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 Panama. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Panama

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Panama. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5978, Longitude: -96.5112     [Map].

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

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