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Petersburg, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Petersburg ...

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 Petersburg (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 Petersburg. 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Petersburg is located in Boone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Boone County: Antelope, Greeley, Madison, Nance, Platte & Wheeler.

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

Boone     (The home county for Petersburg)
  Albion   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Boone   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Vorhees   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Primrose   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Edward   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Neligh   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Brunswick   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Royal   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Orchard   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gables - Historic   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Spalding   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Greeley Center   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Greeley   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Brayton   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wolbach   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Horace - Historic   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Deloit   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Knievels Corner   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ewing   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Newman Grove   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Emerick   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Meadow Grove   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fairview - Historic   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Battle Creek   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Madison   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Norfolk   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belgrade   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Genoa   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fullerton   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Krakow   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Foster   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hadar   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pierce   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Plainview   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Breslau   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lindsay   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rosenburg   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Saint Bernard   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cornlea   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Humphrey   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tarnov   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Platte Center   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Creston   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oconee   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ericson   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Petersburg ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Petersburg.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Zion West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Dennison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  N St. Boniface Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Cedar Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Akron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSE Albion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Petersburg ...

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 96 newspapers that have been published in the area around Petersburg.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Petersburg. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Petersburg and those printed in the larger area surrounding Petersburg.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km] of Petersburg.

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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Petersburg had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Petersburg had a population of 323 people.

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

Loretto   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Petersburg
 - Loretto had no post office or railroad service
Loretto   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Petersburg
 - Loretto had a post office and railroad service
Elgin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Petersburg
 - Elgin had no post office or railroad service
Elgin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Petersburg
 - Elgin had a post office and railroad service
Closter   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Petersburg
 - Closter had no post office or railroad service
Closter   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Petersburg
 - Closter had a post office and no railroad service
Akron   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Petersburg
 - Akron had no post office or railroad service
Akron   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Petersburg
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Akron had a post office and no railroad service
Albion   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Petersburg
 - Albion 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 Petersburg. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Petersburg 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 - 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 Petersburg:

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 Boone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Antelope County:     Cyndi's



Garfield County:     Cyndi's



Greeley County:     Cyndi's



Holt County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Nance County:     Cyndi's



Pierce County:     Cyndi's



Platte County:     Cyndi's



Wheeler County:     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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Petersburg ...

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

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 Petersburg:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Petersburg

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Nebraska Community

About Boone County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Boone 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- Petersburg) 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 Petersburg. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Petersburg

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Petersburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.8536, Longitude: -98.0811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Petersburg have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Petersburg, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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