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Our Genealogy Helper for Rockford ...

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 Rockford (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 Rockford. 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.

Rockford is located in Gage County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Gage County: Marshall (KS), Washington (KS), Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Otoe, Pawnee & Saline.

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

  DirDistance
Gage     (The home county for Rockford)
  Filley   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Holmesville   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Virginia   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Beatrice   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Blue Springs   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Wymore   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pickrell   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Barneston   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Adams   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Odell   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cortland   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
 
Cass
  Eagle   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jefferson
  Diller   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harbine   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Jansen   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Steele City   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Endicott   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fairbury   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Powell   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Daykin   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Reynolds   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Johnson
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Vesta   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Tecumseh   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Elk Creek   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cook   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Lancaster
  Firth   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hallam   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Holland   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Panama   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hickman   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sprague   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Martell   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kramer   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Roca   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bennet   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Berks   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pine Lake   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Nemaha
  Johnson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rohrs   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Brock   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Otoe
  Burr   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Unadilla   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Syracuse   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Talmage   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lorton   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Pawnee
  Lewiston   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Burchard   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Steinauer   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pawnee City   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Table Rock   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Du Bois   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Richardson
  Humboldt   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Saline
  De Witt   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wilber   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Swanton   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Crete   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Western   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dorchester   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tobias   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marshall (KS)
  Oketo (KS)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Summerfield (KS)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bremen (KS)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beattie (KS)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Home (KS)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Marysville (KS)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carden (KS)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Axtell (KS)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alcove Spring (KS) - Historic   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Blue Rapids (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Frankfort (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waterville (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Nemaha (KS)
  Baileyville (KS)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bern (KS)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Central City (KS) - Historic   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Seneca (KS)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington (KS)
  Hollenberg (KS)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hanover (KS)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Washington (KS)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Barnes (KS)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rockford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockford.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Stark Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Filley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Virginia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evergreen Home Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beatrice Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elysian View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Austin Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Kinney Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wymore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crab Orchard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  

Newspapers Published in Rockford ...

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 282 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockford, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockford.

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, Rockford had a post office and railroad service.

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

Holmesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rockford
 - Holmesville had no post office or railroad service
 
Holmesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 272 people
 - Holmesville had a post office and railroad service
 
Filley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rockford
 - Filley had no post office or railroad service
 
Filley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 301 people (with 128 people in 2017)
 - Filley had a post office and railroad service
 
Virginia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Rockford
 - Virginia had a post office and railroad service
 
Beatrice   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Rockford
 - Beatrice had no post office or railroad service
 
Beatrice   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 13,826 people (with 12,295 people in 2017)
 - Beatrice had a post office and railroad service
 
Blue Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rockford
 - Blue Springs 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 Rockford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockford in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Rockford:

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 Gage County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cass County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jefferson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Johnson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lancaster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nemaha County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Otoe County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pawnee County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Richardson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saline County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marshall County (KS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nemaha County (KS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington 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, for Gage 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 ...
      Kansas

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rockford ...

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

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 Rockford:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Rockford

Published by Rand McNally & Co.


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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Nebraska Community

About Gage County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Gage County: www.co.gage.ne.us/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Rockford) 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 Rockford. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rockford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2514, Longitude: -96.6004     [Map].

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

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