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Precept, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Precept ...

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 Precept (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 Precept. 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Precept is located in Furnas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Furnas County: Decatur (KS), Norton (KS), Frontier, Gosper, Harlan, Phelps & Red Willow.

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

Furnas     (The home county for Precept)
  Hollinger   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Beaver City   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hendley   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Edison   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Arapahoe   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Wilsonville   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Holbrook   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Naponee   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bloomington   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hildreth   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Orafino   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elwood   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stamford   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Flynn Junction   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Orleans   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mascot   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Alma   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Huntley   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Republican City   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ragan   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wilcox   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Loomis   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Holdrege   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bertrand   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Funk   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Westmark   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Red Willow
  Lebanon   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bartley   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Danbury   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Decatur (KS)
  Norcatur (KS)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clayton (KS)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kanona (KS)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jennings (KS)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Norton (KS)
  Almena (KS)   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Norton (KS)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Oronoque (KS)   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rockwell City (KS) - Historic   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dellvale (KS)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Densmore (KS)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Edmond (KS)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lenora (KS)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Phillips (KS)
  Long Island (KS)   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Prairie View (KS)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Logan (KS)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Phillipsburg (KS)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Speed (KS)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glade (KS)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Agra (KS)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Riley (KS)
  Clayton (KS)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Precept ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Precept.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Maple Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Deaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Sheley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carlson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vineman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Delimont Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stamford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Spring Green Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Precept ...

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 362 newspapers that have been published in the area around Precept.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Precept, 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 Precept.

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 Precept had a population of 20 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Beaver City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Precept
 - Beaver City had no post office or railroad service
Beaver City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Precept
 - 1895 population of 763 people (with 577 people in 2017)
 - Beaver City had a post office and no railroad service
Stamford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Precept
 - Stamford had no post office or railroad service
Stamford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Precept
 - Stamford had a post office and railroad service
Almena (KS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Precept
 - 1895 population of 366 people (with 386 people in 2017)
 - Almena had a post office and railroad service
Long Island (KS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Precept
 - 1895 population of 374 people (with 124 people in 2017)
 - Long Island had a post office and railroad service
Oxford Junction   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Precept
 - Oxford Junction had railroad service and no post office
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Precept
 - Oxford had no post office or railroad service
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Precept
 - 1895 population of 428 people (with 754 people in 2017)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service
Hendley   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Precept
 - Hendley had no post office or railroad service
Hendley   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Precept
 - Hendley had a post office and railroad service
Edison   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Precept
 - Edison 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 Precept. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Precept 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 - 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 Precept:

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 Furnas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Frontier County:     Cyndi's



Gosper County:     Cyndi's



Harlan County:     Cyndi's



Kearney County:     Cyndi's



Phelps County:     Cyndi's



Red Willow County:     Cyndi's



Decatur County (KS):     Cyndi's



Norton County (KS):     Cyndi's



Phillips County (KS):     Cyndi's



Riley 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 Precept ...

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

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 Precept:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Precept

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Furnas County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Precept) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Precept. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.0678, Longitude: -99.7332     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Precept 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 Precept, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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