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Roach, Nebraska
(Scotts Bluff County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Roach ...

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 Roach (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 Roach. 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 hospitals and 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.

Roach is located in Scotts Bluff County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Scotts Bluff County: Banner, Box Butte, Morrill, Sioux & Goshen (WY).

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

Scotts Bluff     (The home county for Roach)
  Scoville   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Morrill   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mitchell   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lyman   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Stegall   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Haig   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Scottsbluff   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Terrytown   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Gering   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Minatare   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Melbeta   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  McGrew   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harrisburg   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Henry   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Craft   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Goshen (WY)
  Huntley (WY)   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Torrington (WY)   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Yoder (WY)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lingle (WY)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hawk Springs (WY)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Veteran (WY)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  La Grange (WY)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fort Laramie (WY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jay Em (WY)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Laramie (WY)
  Meriden (WY)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Roach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roach.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Sheep Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Mitchell Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WNW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SE Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SSE Pioneer Graves   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  SE West Lawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  WSW Grandview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Lingle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Roach ...

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 91 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Roach, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Roach.

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 Roach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Roach.

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

Henry   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Roach
 - Henry had no post office or railroad service
Caldwell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Caldwell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Roach
 - Caldwell had no post office or railroad service
Caldwell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Caldwell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Roach
 - Caldwell had a post office and no railroad service
Mitchell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roach
 - Mitchell had no post office or railroad service
Torrington (WY)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Roach
 - Torrington had a post office and no railroad service
Gering   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roach
 - Gering had no post office or railroad service
Gering   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roach
 - Gering had a post office and no railroad service
Minatare   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roach
 - Minatare 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 Roach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roach 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 it should be mentioned 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 Roach:

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 Scotts Bluff County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Banner County:     Cyndi's



Furnas County:     Cyndi's



Morrill County:     Cyndi's



Goshen County (WY):     Cyndi's



Laramie County (WY):     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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Scotts Bluff County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Scotts Bluff 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Roach) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roach. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0222, Longitude: -103.9341     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roach 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 Roach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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