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Our Genealogy Helper for Powell ...

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 Powell (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 Powell. 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.

Powell is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Republic (KS), Washington (KS), Fillmore, Gage, Saline & Thayer.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Powell)
  Daykin   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Fairbury   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Jansen   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Reynolds   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Endicott   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Harbine   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Steele City   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Diller   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ong   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Edgar   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ohiowa   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Milligan   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Strang   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shickley   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Exeter   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bixby   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beatrice   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clatonia   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Odell   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pickrell   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blue Springs   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Holmesville   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wymore   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cortland   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barneston   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Filley   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kramer   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hallam   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Berks   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Martell   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sprague   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ruskin   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oak   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sedan   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hardy   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Angus   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nora   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Western   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tobias   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Swanton   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  De Witt   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wilber   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Friend   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dorchester   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Crete   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beaver Crossing   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Grover   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Milford   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Gilead   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Belvidere   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bruning   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hubbell   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Carleton   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Chester   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Deshler   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Davenport   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Byron   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McCool Junction   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marshall (KS)
  Bremen (KS)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oketo (KS)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Republic (KS)
  Narka (KS)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Munden (KS)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cuba (KS)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belleville (KS)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Republic (KS)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Agenda (KS)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Scandia (KS)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (KS)
  Mahaska (KS)   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hollenberg (KS)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Blocker (KS) - Historic   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Haddam (KS)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Morrowville (KS)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Washington (KS)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hanover (KS)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Greenleaf (KS)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Linn (KS)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Powell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Powell.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Richland Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Meridian Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Grandy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Eureka Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bartel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Jansen Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Powell ...

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 405 newspapers that have been published in the area around Powell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Powell, there are papers which were published within 45 miles [72.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Powell.

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 Powell had a population of 300 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Gladstone   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Powell
 - Gladstone had a post office and railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Powell
 - Alexandria had no post office or railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 515 people (with 170 people in 2017)
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Bower - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bower was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Powell
 - Bower had no post office or railroad service
Bower - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bower was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Bower had a post office and no railroad service
Fairbury   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powell
 - Fairbury had no post office or railroad service
Fairbury   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Powell
 - 1895 population of 2,630 people (with 3,707 people in 2017)
 - Fairbury had a post office and railroad service
Daykin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Powell
 - Daykin had no post office or railroad service
Daykin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Powell
 - Daykin had a post office and railroad service
Gilead   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Powell
 - Gilead 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 Powell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Powell 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 - 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 Powell:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fillmore County:     Cyndi's



Gage County:     Cyndi's



Lancaster County:     Cyndi's



Nuckolls County:     Cyndi's



Saline County:     Cyndi's



Seward County:     Cyndi's



Thayer County:     Cyndi's



York County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County (KS):     Cyndi's



Republic County (KS):     Cyndi's



Washington County (KS):     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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Powell ...

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

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 Powell:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Powell

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Nebraska

About Jefferson County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Powell) 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 Powell. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Powell

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Powell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2206, Longitude: -97.2850     [Map].

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

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