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Red Cloud, Nebraska

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Our Genealogy Helper for Red Cloud ...

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 Red Cloud (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 Red Cloud. 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 southwest 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 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.

Red Cloud is located in Webster County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Webster County: Jewell (KS), Smith (KS), Adams, Clay, Franklin, Kearney & Nuckolls.

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

Webster     (The home county for Red Cloud)
  Amboy   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Pawnee Village   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Inavale   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cowles   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Guide Rock   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bladen   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rosemont   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Blue Hill   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ayr   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Holstein   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Good Samaritan Village   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Juniata   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hastings   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kenesaw   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hayland   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Deweese   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Glenvil   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Edgar   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clay Center   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Inland   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Macon   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Upland   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bloomington   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hildreth   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Naponee   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Republican City   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Norman   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Heartwell   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Minden   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wilcox   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lawrence   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Superior   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nelson   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nora   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hardy   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Angus   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oak   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ruskin   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sedan   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Byron   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Davenport   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jewell (KS)
  Esbon (KS)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Burr Oak (KS)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Mankato (KS)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Webber (KS)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Montrose (KS)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jewell (KS)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Formoso (KS)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Randall (KS)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mitchell (KS)
  Cawker City (KS)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Osborne (KS)
  Portis (KS)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Downs (KS)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Phillips (KS)
  Agra (KS)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Republic (KS)
  Republic (KS)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Courtland (KS)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Smith (KS)
  Lebanon (KS)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Smith Center (KS)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Athol (KS)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gaylord (KS)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kensington (KS)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harlan (KS)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cedar (KS)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Claudell (KS)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Red Cloud ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Red Cloud.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Red Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Gust Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wagoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Cowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Walnut Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dane Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Webb Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mulkey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Batin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Virginia Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Red Cloud ...

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 166 newspapers that have been published in the area around Red Cloud.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 Red Cloud had a population of 1,839 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Red Cloud had a population of 925 people.

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

Amboy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Red Cloud
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Amboy had railroad service and no post office
Inavale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Red Cloud
 - Inavale had no post office or railroad service
Inavale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Red Cloud
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Inavale had a post office and railroad service
Cowles   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Red Cloud
 - Cowles had no post office or railroad service
Cowles   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Red Cloud
 - 1895 population of 310 people (with 28 people in 2017)
 - Cowles had a post office and railroad service
Guide Rock   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Red Cloud
 - Guide Rock had no post office or railroad service
Guide Rock   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Red Cloud
 - 1895 population of 336 people (with 206 people in 2017)
 - Guide Rock had a post office and railroad service
Northbranch (KS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Red Cloud
 - Northbranch had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Red Cloud. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Red Cloud in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites 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 Red Cloud:

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 Webster County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Harlan County:     Cyndi's



Kearney County:     Cyndi's



Nuckolls County:     Cyndi's



Thayer County:     Cyndi's



Jewell County (KS):     Cyndi's



Mitchell County (KS):     Cyndi's



Osborne County (KS):     Cyndi's



Phillips County (KS):     Cyndi's



Republic County (KS):     Cyndi's



Smith 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, for Webster 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Red Cloud ...

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

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 Red Cloud:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Red Cloud

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Nebraska

About Webster County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Webster County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Red Cloud) 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 Red Cloud. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Red Cloud

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Red Cloud. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.0863, Longitude: -98.5223     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Red Cloud have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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