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Our Genealogy Helper for Saint James ...

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 Saint James (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 Saint James. 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.

Name Variations for Saint James ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Saint James.

  • Typical abbreviation for Saint James: St. James

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 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.

Saint James is located in Cedar County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cedar County: Dixon, Knox, Pierce, Wayne, Clay (SD) & Yankton (SD).

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

Cedar     (The home county for Saint James)
  Wynot   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Bow Valley   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Saint Helena   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Obert   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hartington   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fordyce   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Constance   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Aten   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Coleridge   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Belden   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Magnet   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Willis   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Emerson   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Maskell   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Newcastle   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dixon   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Concord   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ponca   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Allen   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Waterbury   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Crofton   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wausa   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lindy   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tewsville - Historic   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Santee   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Center   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McLean   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Osmond   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Breslau   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wee Town   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sholes   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carroll   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Winside   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Plymouth (IA)
  Westfield (IA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Akron (IA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Adaville (IA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Sioux (IA)
  Chatsworth (IA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hawarden (IA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  McNally (IA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bon Homme (SD)
  Tabor (SD)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Southeast Bon Homme (SD)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Northeast Bon Homme (SD)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Springfield (SD)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Scotland (SD)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tyndall (SD)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (SD)
  Meckling (SD)   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Vermillion (SD)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Westreville (SD)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Burbank (SD)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wakonda (SD)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Greenfield (SD)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lodi (SD)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Hub City (SD)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Alsen (SD)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Komstad (SD) - Historic   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Glenwood (SD) - Historic   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Hutchinson (SD)
  Menno (SD)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (SD)
  Moe (SD)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Perkins (SD)
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Turner (SD)
  Irene (SD)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Centerville (SD)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Viborg (SD)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hooker (SD)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Spring Valley (SD)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Davis (SD)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hurley (SD)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Union (SD)
  Junction City (SD)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Spink (SD)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elk Point (SD)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Emmet (SD)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Nora (SD)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beresford (SD)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jefferson (SD)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alcester (SD)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  McCook Lake (SD)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  North Sioux City (SD)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dakota Dunes (SD)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Yankton (SD)
  Gayville (SD)   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Southeast Yankton (SD)   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mission Hill (SD)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Volin (SD)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Yankton (SD)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Valleyview (SD)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fairview Heights (SD)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oak Hills Addition (SD)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Utica (SD)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mayfield (SD)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  West Yankton (SD)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Midway (SD)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Saint James ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saint James.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Wynot Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Paragon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Danisi Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Meckling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Helena Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Obert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Maskell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Hartington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lime Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gayville Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Saint James ...

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 103 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saint James.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saint James, there are papers which were published within 43 miles [69.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saint James.

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 Saint James had a population of 177 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Bow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint James
 - Bow Valley had no post office or railroad service
Bow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint James
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Helena   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Saint James
 - Saint Helena had no post office or railroad service
Saint Helena   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Saint James
 - 1895 population of 189 people (with 92 people in 2017)
 - Saint Helena had a post office and no railroad service
Meckling (SD)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Saint James
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 231 people in 2014)
 - Meckling had a post office and railroad service
Hartington   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Saint James
 - Hartington had no post office or railroad service
Hartington   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Saint James
 - Hartington had a post office and railroad service
Lime Grove   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Saint James
 - Lime Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Gayville (SD)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Saint James
 - 1895 population of 124 people (with 401 people in 2017)
 - Gayville had a post office and railroad service

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

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 Cedar County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dakota County:     Cyndi's



Dixon County:     Cyndi's



Knox County:     Cyndi's



Pierce County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Plymouth County (IA):     Cyndi's



Sioux County (IA):     Cyndi's



Bon Homme County (SD):     Cyndi's



Clay County (SD):     Cyndi's



Hutchinson County (SD):     Cyndi's



Lincoln County (SD):     Cyndi's



Perkins County (SD):     Cyndi's



Turner County (SD):     Cyndi's



Union County (SD):     Cyndi's



Yankton County (SD):     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 Cedar 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 ...
      South Dakota

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Saint James ...

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

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 Saint James:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Saint James

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Cedar County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cedar County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saint James) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint James. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.7381, Longitude: -97.1509     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint James 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 Saint James, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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