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Peru, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Peru ...

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 Peru (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 Peru. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

Peru is located in Nemaha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nemaha County: Atchison (MO), Holt (MO), Johnson, Otoe, Pawnee & Richardson.

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

Nemaha     (The home county for Peru)
  Brownville   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Julian   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nemaha   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rohrs   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Brock   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Johnson   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saint Deroin - Historic   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nehawka   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Murray   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rock Bluff   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Weeping Water   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Plattsmouth   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elmwood   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Manley   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wabash   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Adams   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cook   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elk Creek   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tecumseh   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Vesta   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Nebraska City   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Talmage   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lorton   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Otoe   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Syracuse   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Burr   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Unadilla   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Table Rock   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Steinauer   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pawnee City   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Du Bois   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burchard   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lewiston   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shubert   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Stella   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Barada   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Verdon   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Straussville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Salem   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Falls City   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Nim City   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Preston   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rulo   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Fremont (IA)
  Hamburg (IA)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Riverton (IA)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Percival (IA)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sidney (IA)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Farragut (IA)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Thurman (IA)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  McPaul (IA)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bartlett (IA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Randolph (IA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tabor (IA)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Imogene (IA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Mills (IA)
  Malvern (IA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pacific Junction (IA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glenwood (IA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hastings (IA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pacific City (IA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Montgomery (IA)
  Coburg (IA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Page (IA)
  Northboro (IA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Shenandoah (IA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Blanchard (IA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coin (IA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  College Springs (IA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Essex (IA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Tarkio City (IA) - Historic   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Yorktown (IA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Braddyville (IA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shambaugh (IA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clarinda (IA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Brown (KS)
  Reserve (KS)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Morrill (KS)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hamlin (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Padonia (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Nemaha (KS)
  Bern (KS)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sabetha (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Atchison (MO)
  Watson (MO)   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Phelps City (MO)   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rock Port (MO)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Farmers City (MO)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tarkio (MO)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Fairfax (MO)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Westboro (MO)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
Holt (MO)
  Corning (MO)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Craig (MO)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Big Lake (MO)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bigelow (MO)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mound City (MO)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fortescue (MO)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Maitland (MO)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Nodaway (MO)
  Elmo (MO)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Burlington Junction (MO)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Quitman (MO)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clearmont (MO)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Skidmore (MO)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Peru ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Peru.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Highland Baptist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Highland Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW London Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Sonora Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Addington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Camp Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Glenrock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Old Glenrock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE High Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Linden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Sheridan West Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kite Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Nemaha Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Stoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bloomingdale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Millsap Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Linden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beehive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hamburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Peru ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around Peru.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Peru. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Peru and those printed in the larger area surrounding Peru.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 39 miles [62.8 km] of Peru.

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 Peru had a population of 624 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Peru had a population of 760 people.

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

Watson (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Peru
 - 1895 population of 238 people (with 91 people in 2017)
 - Watson had a post office and railroad service
Brownville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Peru
 - 1895 population of 980 people (with 125 people in 2017)
 - Brownville had a post office and railroad service
Julian   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Peru
 - Julian had no post office or railroad service
Julian   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Peru
 - Julian had a post office and railroad service
Glenrock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Peru
 - Glenrock had no post office or railroad service
Glenrock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Peru
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Glenrock had a post office and railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Peru
 - Auburn had no post office or railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Peru
 - 1895 population of 1,537 people (with 3,302 people in 2017)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Minersville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Peru
 - Minersville had no post office or railroad service
Minersville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Peru
 - Minersville had railroad service and no post office
Phelps City (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Peru
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 32 people in 1990)
 - Phelps City had a post office and railroad service
Hamburg (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Peru
 - 1895 population of 1,634 people (with 1,086 people in 2017)
 - Hamburg 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 Peru. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Peru 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 - 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 Peru:

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 Nemaha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cass County:     Cyndi's



Gage County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Otoe County:     Cyndi's



Pawnee County:     Cyndi's



Richardson County:     Cyndi's



Fremont County (IA):     Cyndi's



Mills County (IA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (IA):     Cyndi's



Page County (IA):     Cyndi's



Brown County (KS):     Cyndi's



Nemaha County (KS):     Cyndi's



Atchison County (MO):     Cyndi's



Holt County (MO):     Cyndi's



Nodaway County (MO):     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 Nemaha 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 Peru ...

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

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 Peru:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Nebraska

About Nemaha County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Peru) 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 Peru. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Peru

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Peru. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4785, Longitude: -95.7314     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Peru 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 Peru, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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