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Our Genealogy Helper for Polk ...

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 Polk (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 Polk. 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 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.

Polk is located in Polk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Butler, Hamilton, Merrick, Platte, Seward & York.

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

  DirDistance
Polk     (The home county for Polk)
  Stromsburg   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Osceola   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Adams
  Trumbull   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hansen   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Boone
  Saint Edward   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boone   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vorhees   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Butler
  Surprise   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rising City   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Millerton   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ulysses   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Garrison   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  David City   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dwight   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Clay
  Sutton   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saronville   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Harvard   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clay Center   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Inland   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Colfax
  Richland   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Fillmore
  Bixby   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Exeter   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Greeley
  Wolbach   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Hall
  Grand Island   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Doniphan   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alda   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Hamilton
  Hordville   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Overland   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Marquette   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hampton   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Phillips   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stockham   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Giltner   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Howard
  Saint Libory   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dannebrog   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Merrick
  Clarks   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Central City   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hord   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Archer   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Chapman   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Worms   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Palmer   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Nance
  Krakow   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fullerton   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Genoa   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Belgrade   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Platte
  Duncan   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oconee   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sheldonville   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carriage House Estates   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Platte Center   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rosenburg   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tarnov   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saline
  Friend   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Seward
  Utica   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tamora   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Staplehurst   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Beaver Crossing   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Goehner   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Seward   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bee   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
York
  Arborville   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Benedict   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  York   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gresham   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Waco   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lushton   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  McCool Junction   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Polk ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Polk.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Polk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Arborville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Laclede Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Lindale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Swede Plain Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW North Blue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Bluff Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Fridhem Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mamre Evangelical Free Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Swede Home Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Clarks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Polk ...

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 100 newspapers that have been published in the area around Polk.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 Polk in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Polk.

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

Arborville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Polk
 - Arborville had no post office or railroad service
 
Arborville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Polk
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arborville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Swedehome   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Polk
 - Swedehome had no post office or railroad service
 
Swedehome   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Polk
 - Swedehome had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clarks   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Polk
 - Clarks had no post office or railroad service
 
Clarks   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Polk
 - 1895 population of 512 people (with 354 people in 2017)
 - Clarks had a post office and railroad service
 
Benedict   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Polk
 - Benedict had no post office or railroad service
 
Benedict   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Polk
 - Benedict had a post office and railroad service
 
Stromsburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Polk
 - Stromsburg had no post office or railroad service
 
Stromsburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Polk
 - 1895 population of 1,362 people (with 1,158 people in 2017)
 - Stromsburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Central City   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Polk
 - Central City 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 Polk. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Polk 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 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 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 Polk:

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 Polk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Butler County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clay County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Colfax County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fillmore County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greeley County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hamilton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Howard County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Merrick County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nance County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Platte County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saline County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Seward County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
York County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Nebraska:

Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Nebraska
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Nebraska
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Nebraska, for Polk 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Polk County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

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- Polk) 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 Polk. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Polk

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Polk. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0757, Longitude: -97.7838     [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: findagrave.com.

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

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