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Our Genealogy Helper for Ragan ...

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 Ragan (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 Ragan. 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 doctors and 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.

Ragan is located in Harlan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harlan County: Norton (KS), Phillips (KS), Franklin, Furnas, Kearney & Phelps.

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

  DirDistance
Harlan     (The home county for Ragan)
  Huntley   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Mascot   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Alma   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Republican City   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Orleans   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Flynn Junction   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stamford   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Adams
  Holstein   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kenesaw   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Buffalo
  Odessa   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Elm Creek   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kearney   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Buda   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Riverdale   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Amherst   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gibbon   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Prairie Center   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dawson
  Overton   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Franklin
  Hildreth   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Naponee   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Macon   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Upland   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bloomington   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Furnas
  Oxford   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Hollinger   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Edison   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beaver City   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Arapahoe   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Holbrook   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hendley   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Gosper
  Smithfield   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elwood   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Kearney
  Wilcox   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Axtell   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Minden   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kearney City - Historic   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Norman   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Heartwell   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Valley City - Historic   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Phelps
  Funk   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Holdrege   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Loomis   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bertrand   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Westmark   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Webster
  Bladen   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Inavale   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Norton (KS)
  Almena (KS)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Phillips (KS)
  Long Island (KS)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Prairie View (KS)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Agra (KS)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Phillipsburg (KS)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Smith (KS)
  Kensington (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ragan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ragan.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Antelope Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Freewater Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bainbridge Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Wilcox Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Prairie Home Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Industry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNE Fridhem Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ragan ...

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 77 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ragan.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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, Ragan had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Ragan had a population of 38 people.

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

Huntley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Ragan
 - Huntley had no post office or railroad service
 
Huntley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Ragan
 - Huntley had a post office and railroad service
 
Sacramento   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ragan
 - Sacramento had no post office or railroad service
 
Sacramento   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ragan
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sacramento had a post office and railroad service
 
Wilcox   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ragan
 - Wilcox had no post office or railroad service
 
Wilcox   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ragan
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 348 people in 2017)
 - Wilcox had a post office and railroad service
 
Holdrege   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ragan
 - Holdrege had no post office or railroad service
 
Holdrege   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ragan
 - 1895 population of 2,601 people (with 5,439 people in 2017)
 - Holdrege had a post office and railroad service
 
Funk   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Ragan
 - Funk had a post office and railroad service
 
Atlanta   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ragan
 - Atlanta had no post office or railroad service
 
Atlanta   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ragan
 - Atlanta had a post office and railroad service
 
Hildreth   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Ragan
 - Hildreth 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 Ragan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ragan in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Ragan:

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 Harlan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Buffalo County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dawson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Franklin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Furnas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Gosper County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Kearney County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Phelps County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Webster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Norton County (KS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Phillips County (KS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Smith County (KS):     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

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 ...
      Kansas

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ragan ...

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

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 Ragan:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Ragan

Published by Rand McNally & Co.


We have found Ragan in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Ragan for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nebraska

About Harlan County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ragan. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ragan) 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 Ragan. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ragan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ragan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.3108, Longitude: -99.2896     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ragan 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: 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 Ragan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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