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Papillion, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Papillion ...

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 Papillion (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 Papillion. 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Papillion is located in Sarpy County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sarpy County: Mills (IA), Pottawattamie (IA), Cass, Douglas & Saunders.

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

Sarpy     (The home county for Papillion)
  La Vista   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Richfield   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Chalco   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  La Platte   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gretna   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Linoma Beach   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cullom   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cedar Creek   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Plattsmouth   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Louisville   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  South Bend   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Manley   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Murray   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rock Bluff   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Weeping Water   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wabash   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Nehawka   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Inglewood   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Nickerson   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Telbasta   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ames   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Winslow   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hooper   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ralston   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Millard   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Omaha   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Boys Town   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Home Park   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bennington   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  King Lake   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Venice   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Valley   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Davey   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Walton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Havelock   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bennet   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Otoe   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Nebraska City   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Syracuse   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Unadilla   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lorton   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wann   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Yutan   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Memphis   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Leshara   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mead   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Ithaca   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Colon   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wahoo   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ceresco   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cedar Bluffs   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Malmo   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Weston   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Fort Calhoun   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  De Soto - Historic   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Kennard   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Blair   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Herman   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Fremont (IA)
  Bartlett (IA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  McPaul (IA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tabor (IA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Thurman (IA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Percival (IA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Randolph (IA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sidney (IA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Imogene (IA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Riverton (IA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harrison (IA)
  California Junction (IA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Missouri Valley (IA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Modale (IA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Logan (IA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Magnolia (IA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mondamin (IA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Persia (IA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Mills (IA)
  Pacific City (IA)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pacific Junction (IA)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Glenwood (IA)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mineola (IA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Silver City (IA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Malvern (IA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hastings (IA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Henderson (IA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Emerson (IA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Pottawattamie (IA)
  Carter Lake (IA)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Council Bluffs (IA)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Crescent (IA)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Honey Creek (IA)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McClelland (IA)   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Treynor (IA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Loveland (IA)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Underwood (IA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Neola (IA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Carson (IA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Macedonia (IA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Minden (IA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oakland (IA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Shelby (IA)
  Shelby (IA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Papillion ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Papillion.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Cedar Dale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Papillion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Portal Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Beth El Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Anderson Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Glesmann Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Graceland Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE West Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Westlawn - Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Ressurection Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Voss Mohr Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Springfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Offutt AFB Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Bellevue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Holy Sepulchre Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE LaPlatte Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Grabow Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prospect Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Mt. Auburn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W New Pennsylvania Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W LaBorde Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Golden Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Springwell Danish Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Servants of Mary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Papillion ...

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 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Papillion.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Papillion. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Papillion and those printed in the larger area surrounding Papillion.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 32 miles [51.5 km] of Papillion.

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 Papillion had a population of 600 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Papillion had a population of 19,539 people.

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

Portal   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Papillion
 - Portal had no post office or railroad service
Portal   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Papillion
 - Portal had a post office and railroad service
Richfield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Papillion
 - Richfield had no post office or railroad service
Richfield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Papillion
 - Richfield had a post office and railroad service
Gilmore   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Papillion
 - Gilmore had no post office or railroad service
Gilmore   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Papillion
 - Gilmore had a post office and railroad service
South Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Papillion
 - South Omaha had no post office or railroad service
South Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Papillion
 - 1895 population of 8,062 people
 - South Omaha had a post office and railroad service
Chalco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Papillion
 - Chalco had no post office or railroad service
Chalco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Papillion
 - Chalco had a post office and railroad service
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Papillion
 - Springfield 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 Papillion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Papillion 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 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 - 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 Papillion:

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 Sarpy County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cass County:     Cyndi's



Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Douglas County:     Cyndi's



Lancaster County:     Cyndi's



Otoe County:     Cyndi's



Saunders County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Fremont County (IA):     Cyndi's



Harrison County (IA):     Cyndi's



Mills County (IA):     Cyndi's



Pottawattamie County (IA):     Cyndi's



Shelby 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, for Sarpy 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Papillion ...

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

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 Papillion:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Papillion

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

1924 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Papillion

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nebraska

About Sarpy County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Papillion:

The official website for Sarpy 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Papillion) 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 Papillion. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Papillion

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Papillion. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1564, Longitude: -96.0416     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Papillion 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 Papillion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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