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Prairie Center, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Prairie Center ...

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 Prairie Center (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 Prairie Center. 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.

Name Variations for Prairie Center ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Prairie Center.

  • Typical abbreviation for Prairie Center: Prairie Ctr. (or less commonly used: Prairie Cen., Prairie Cent. or Prairie Cntr.)

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Prairie Center is located in Buffalo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Buffalo County: Adams, Custer, Dawson, Hall, Howard, Kearney, Phelps & Sherman.

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

Buffalo     (The home county for Prairie Center)
  Pleasanton   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Riverdale   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Buda   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sartoria   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Kearney   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Amherst   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sweetwater   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ravenna   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gibbon   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Odessa   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Shelton   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Miller   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Kenesaw   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hayland   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Prosser   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Holstein   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Juniata   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hansen   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hastings   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Good Samaritan Village   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cumro - Historic   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Westerville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Overton   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hildreth   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Upland   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wood River   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Alda   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Doniphan   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grand Island   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ragan   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Boelus   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Howard City   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dannebrog   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Farwell   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dannevirke   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elba   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Libory   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cotesfield   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kearney City - Historic   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Valley City - Historic   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Heartwell   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Minden   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Axtell   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Norman   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wilcox   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Funk   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westmark   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Holdrege   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Loomis   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bertrand   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hazard   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Loup City   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ashton   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  North Loup City   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Prairie Center ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Prairie Center.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Prairie Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Fairmont Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Divide Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Majors Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Peake Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Riverdale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Pleasanton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Burgess Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Kearney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Wenceslaus Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Prairie Center ...

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 128 newspapers that have been published in the area around Prairie Center.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Prairie Center, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Prairie Center.

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, Prairie Center had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Pleasanton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Prairie Center
 - Pleasanton had no post office or railroad service
Pleasanton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Prairie Center
 - Pleasanton had a post office and railroad service
Riverdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Prairie Center
 - Riverdale had no post office or railroad service
Riverdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Prairie Center
 - Riverdale had a post office and railroad service
Glenwood Park   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Prairie Center
 - Glenwood Park had no post office or railroad service
Glenwood Park   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Prairie Center
 - Glenwood Park had railroad service and no post office
Poole   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Prairie Center
 - Poole had no post office or railroad service
Buda   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Prairie Center
 - Buda 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 Prairie Center. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Prairie Center 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 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 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 Prairie Center:

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 Buffalo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's



Custer County:     Cyndi's



Dawson County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Gosper County:     Cyndi's



Hall County:     Cyndi's



Harlan County:     Cyndi's



Howard County:     Cyndi's



Kearney County:     Cyndi's



Phelps County:     Cyndi's



Sherman County:     Cyndi's



Valley 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, for Buffalo 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Prairie Center ...

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

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 Prairie Center:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Prairie Center

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Nebraska Community

About Buffalo County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Buffalo 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 from Point A (ie- Prairie Center) 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 Prairie Center. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Prairie Center

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Prairie Center. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8589, Longitude: -99.0553     [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:

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

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