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Our Genealogy Helper for Ralston ...

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 Ralston (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 Ralston. 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.

Ralston is located in Douglas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Douglas County: Pottawattamie (IA), Dodge, Sarpy, Saunders & Washington.

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

Douglas     (The home county for Ralston)
  Omaha   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Boys Town   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Millard   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Home Park   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bennington   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  King Lake   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Venice   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Valley   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Cullom   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cedar Creek   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Plattsmouth   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Louisville   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  South Bend   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Manley   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Murray   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rock Bluff   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Weeping Water   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Wabash   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nehawka   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Inglewood   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nickerson   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Telbasta   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ames   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Winslow   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hooper   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Davey   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Havelock   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Walton   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Otoe   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nebraska City   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Unadilla   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Syracuse   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  La Vista   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Papillion   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Chalco   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  La Platte   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gretna   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Linoma Beach   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wann   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Yutan   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Memphis   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Leshara   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mead   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Ithaca   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Colon   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wahoo   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cedar Bluffs   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ceresco   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Malmo   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fort Calhoun   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  De Soto - Historic   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kennard   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Blair   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Herman   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Fremont (IA)
  Bartlett (IA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 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]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Randolph (IA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sidney (IA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Imogene (IA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Harrison (IA)
  California Junction (IA)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Missouri Valley (IA)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Modale (IA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Logan (IA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Magnolia (IA)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mondamin (IA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Persia (IA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Woodbine (IA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mills (IA)
  Pacific City (IA)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pacific Junction (IA)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mineola (IA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Glenwood (IA)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Silver City (IA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Malvern (IA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hastings (IA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Henderson (IA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Emerson (IA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Pottawattamie (IA)
  Carter Lake (IA)   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Council Bluffs (IA)   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Crescent (IA)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Honey Creek (IA)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  McClelland (IA)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Loveland (IA)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Treynor (IA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Underwood (IA)   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Neola (IA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Macedonia (IA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Minden (IA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Carson (IA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Shelby (IA)
  Shelby (IA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Portsmouth (IA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tennant (IA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ralston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ralston.

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

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ralston ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ralston.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ralston. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ralston and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ralston.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 32 miles [51.5 km] of Ralston.

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>

While we didn't find Ralston in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ralston.

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

Portal   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ralston
 - Portal had no post office or railroad service
Portal   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ralston
 - Portal had a post office and railroad service
Papillion   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Ralston
 - Papillion had no post office or railroad service
Papillion   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Ralston
 - 1895 population of 600 people (with 19,539 people in 2017)
 - Papillion had a post office and railroad service
South Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Ralston
 - South Omaha had no post office or railroad service
South Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Ralston
 - 1895 population of 8,062 people
 - South Omaha had a post office and railroad service
Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Ralston
 - Omaha had no post office or railroad service
Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Ralston
 - 1895 population of 140,452 people (with 466,893 people in 2017)
 - Omaha had a post office and railroad service
Gilmore   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ralston
 - Gilmore 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 Ralston. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ralston 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 Ralston:

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 Douglas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cass County:     Cyndi's



Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Lancaster County:     Cyndi's



Otoe County:     Cyndi's



Sarpy 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 Douglas 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Douglas County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ralston:

The official website for Douglas 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ralston) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ralston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ralston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ralston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2005, Longitude: -96.0354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ralston 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 Ralston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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