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Our Genealogical Helper for Wolbach ...

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 Wolbach (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Wolbach. 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of Wolbach ...

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 200 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wolbach.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Wolbach. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Wolbach and those printed in the larger area surrounding Wolbach.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km]<1> of Wolbach.

Cemeteries Near Wolbach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wolbach.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Wolbach covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Wolbach Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW North Logan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW North Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW South Logan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Rock Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Summit Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Hamm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW O'Connor Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fairdale / Scott Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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, Wolbach had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Wolbach had a population of 257 people.

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

Brayton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wolbach
 - Brayton had no post office or railroad service
Brayton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wolbach
 - Brayton had a post office and railroad service
Cushing   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Wolbach
 - Cushing had no post office or railroad service
Cushing   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Wolbach
 - Cushing had a post office and railroad service
O'Connor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wolbach
 - O'Connor had no post office or railroad service
O'Connor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wolbach
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - O'Connor had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wolbach
 - Elba had no post office or railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wolbach
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 224 people in 2017)
 - Elba had a post office and railroad service
Cotesfield   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wolbach
 - Cotesfield 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 Wolbach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wolbach in the 1890's.

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 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.

Wolbach is primarily located in Greeley County. A portion of Wolbach extends into Howard County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greeley County: Boone, Garfield, Howard, Nance, Sherman, Valley & Wheeler.

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

Greeley     (The home county for Wolbach)
      Brayton   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Greeley Center   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greeley   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scotia   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Horace - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spalding   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Rapids   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Primrose   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albion   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boone   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Edward   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vorhees   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ravenna   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sweetwater   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grand Island   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alda   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marquette   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hordville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Phillips   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cushing   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cotesfield   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Paul   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Farwell   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dannevirke   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dannebrog   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Libory   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Boelus   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Howard City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newman Grove   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Palmer   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Archer   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Worms   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hord   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarks   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Silver Creek   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belgrade   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fullerton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Krakow   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rosenburg   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Polk   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      North Loup City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loup City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Loup   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ord   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elyria   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ericson   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Wolbach:

These websites are specific to Nebraska:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Greeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buffalo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Howard County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Merrick County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nance County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Platte County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sherman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Valley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wheeler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Nebraska:

Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Nebraska     Cemetery Wiki for Nebraska
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Nebraska,     of Greeley 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wolbach ...

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

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 Wolbach:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Wolbach
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.
We have found Wolbach in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Wolbach for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wolbach.
      See our Misc Page for Wolbach for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Greeley County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Wolbach. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wolbach) 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 Wolbach. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wolbach

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wolbach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3970, Longitude: -98.3935     [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:

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

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