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Our Genealogy Helper for Portal ...

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 Portal (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 Portal. 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.

Portal is located in Sarpy County.

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 Portal. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Portal:

Sarpy     (The home county for Portal)
  La Vista   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Papillion   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Chalco   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gretna   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  La Platte   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Linoma Beach   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cullom   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cedar Creek   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Louisville   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  South Bend   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Plattsmouth   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Manley   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Murray   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rock Bluff   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Weeping Water   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wabash   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Inglewood   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nickerson   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Telbasta   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ames   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Winslow   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hooper   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ralston   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Millard   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Omaha   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Boys Town   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Home Park   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bennington   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  King Lake   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Venice   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Valley   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Davey   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Havelock   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Walton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belmont   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Agnew   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bennet   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  College View   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gaslight Village   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pine Lake   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Otoe   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Syracuse   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Unadilla   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nebraska City   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lorton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wann   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Yutan   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Memphis   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Leshara   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mead   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ithaca   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Colon   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wahoo   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ceresco   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cedar Bluffs   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Malmo   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fort Calhoun   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kennard   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  De Soto - Historic   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Blair   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Herman   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Fremont (IA)
  Bartlett (IA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  McPaul (IA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tabor (IA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Thurman (IA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Percival (IA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Randolph (IA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sidney (IA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Imogene (IA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harrison (IA)
  California Junction (IA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Missouri Valley (IA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Modale (IA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Logan (IA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mondamin (IA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Magnolia (IA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Persia (IA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Mills (IA)
  Pacific City (IA)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pacific Junction (IA)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Glenwood (IA)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mineola (IA)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Silver City (IA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Malvern (IA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hastings (IA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Henderson (IA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Emerson (IA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Pottawattamie (IA)
  Carter Lake (IA)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Council Bluffs (IA)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Crescent (IA)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Honey Creek (IA)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  McClelland (IA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Treynor (IA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Loveland (IA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Underwood (IA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Neola (IA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Carson (IA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Macedonia (IA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Minden (IA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Shelby (IA)
  Shelby (IA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Portal ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Portal.

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

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in Portal ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Portal.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Portal, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Portal.

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 in 1895, Portal had a post office and railroad service.

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

Papillion   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Portal
 - Papillion had no post office or railroad service
Papillion   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Portal
 - 1895 population of 600 people (with 19,539 people in 2017)
 - Papillion had a post office and railroad service
Chalco   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Portal
 - Chalco had no post office or railroad service
Chalco   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Portal
 - Chalco had a post office and railroad service
Richfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Portal
 - Richfield had no post office or railroad service
Richfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Portal
 - Richfield had a post office and railroad service
Millard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Portal
 - Millard had no post office or railroad service
Millard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Portal
 - 1895 population of 328 people
 - Millard had a post office and railroad service
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Portal
 - 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 Portal. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Portal 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 professional and volunteer 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 Portal:

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 Portal ...

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

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 Portal:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Portal

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Nebraska

About Sarpy County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portal) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1764, Longitude: -96.0808     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Portal 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 Portal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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