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Our Genealogy Helper for Lucerne ...

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 Lucerne (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 Lucerne. 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 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.

Lucerne is located in Haakon County.

To see how the shape of South Dakota's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Haakon County: Dewey, Jackson, Jones, Meade, Pennington, Stanley & Ziebach.

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

  • Haakon County     (The home county of Lucerne)
    • Philip [Haakon County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Philip have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Philip
      • Philip [Haakon County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 765 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Philip
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Philip<3>
    • Milesville [Haakon County]
    • Hartley [Haakon County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hartley have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartley
      • Hartley [Haakon County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2014: 129 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartley
    • Moenville [Haakon County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moenville have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moenville
      • Moenville [Haakon County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2014: 18 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moenville
    • Midland [Haakon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midland
      • Midland [Haakon County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 127 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Midland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Midland<3>
  • Jackson County
    • Cottonwood [Jackson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottonwood have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood
      • Cottonwood [Jackson County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood
    • Kadoka [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kadoka
      • Kadoka [Jackson County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the south of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 717 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kadoka
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kadoka<3>
    • Belvidere [Jackson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belvidere have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belvidere
      • Belvidere [Jackson County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 57 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belvidere
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belvidere<3>
    • Weta [Jackson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weta have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weta
      • Weta [Jackson County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<2> to the south of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2014: 5 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weta
  • Jones County
    • Capa [Jones County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Capa
      • Capa [Jones County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the east of Lucerne
    • Okaton [Jones County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Okaton
      • Okaton [Jones County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2014: 44 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Okaton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Okaton<3>
  • Meade County
    • Howes [Meade County]
    • Plainview [Meade County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plainview have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainview
      • Plainview [Meade County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2014: 55 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plainview
  • Pennington County
    • Creighton [Pennington County]
    • Quinn [Pennington County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Quinn have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quinn
      • Quinn [Pennington County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 61 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quinn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Quinn<3>
    • Wall [Pennington County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wall have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wall
      • Wall [Pennington County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 875 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wall
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wall<3>
  • Stanley County
    • Hayes [Stanley County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hayes have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hayes
      • Hayes [Stanley County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the east of Lucerne
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hayes
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hayes<3>
  • Ziebach County
    • Cherry Creek [Ziebach County]
    • Bridger [Ziebach County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bridger
      • Bridger [Ziebach County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bridger
    • Red Scaffold [Ziebach County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Scaffold have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Scaffold
      • Red Scaffold [Ziebach County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne
      • Estimated population in 2014: 372 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Scaffold

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

Newspapers Published in Lucerne ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lucerne.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lucerne, 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 Lucerne.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Lucerne:

  • 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.
    • Stories from South Dakota

Cemeteries Near Lucerne ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lucerne.

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

  • Mattison Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mattison Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mattison Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Lucerne.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mattison Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mattison Cemetery
  • Topbar Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Topbar Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Topbar Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Topbar Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Topbar Cemetery
  • Nowlin Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Nowlin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Nowlin Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southeast of Lucerne.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Nowlin Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nowlin Cemetery
  • Milesville Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Milesville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Milesville Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Milesville Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milesville Cemetery
  • Hilland Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hilland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hilland Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the west of Lucerne.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hilland Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilland Cemetery
  • Wellsburg Union Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Wellsburg Union Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Wellsburg Union Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Wellsburg Union Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wellsburg Union Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Midland Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Midland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Midland Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Midland Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Midland Cemetery
    • Dowling Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Dowling Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Dowling Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dowling Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dowling Cemetery
    • Cottonwood Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cottonwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Cottonwood Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cottonwood Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood Cemetery
    • Flat Top Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Flat Top Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Flat Top Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the south of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Flat Top Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flat Top Cemetery
    • Robbs Flat Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Robbs Flat Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Robbs Flat Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the north of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Robbs Flat Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Robbs Flat Cemetery
    • Rose Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rose Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Rose Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rose Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Cemetery
    • Belvedere Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Belvedere Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Belvedere Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Belvedere Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belvedere Cemetery
    • Riverview Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Riverview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Riverview Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the east of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Riverview Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverview Cemetery
    • St. Paul Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Paul Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • St. Paul Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the west of Lucerne.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Paul Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Paul Cemetery

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.<4>

While we didn't find Lucerne in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lucerne.

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

  • Philip [Haakon County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Philip have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Philip
    • Philip [Haakon County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Lucerne
    • Estimated population in 2019: 765 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Philip had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Philip
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Philip<3>
  • Nowlin [Haakon County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nowlin have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nowlin
    • Nowlin [Haakon County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Lucerne
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Nowlin had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nowlin
  • Grindstone [Haakon County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grindstone have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grindstone
    • Grindstone [Haakon County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the west of Lucerne
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Grindstone had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grindstone

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Lucerne. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lucerne.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for South Dakota

About Haakon County

About South Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lucerne) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lucerne. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.2392, Longitude: -101.5263       In this case, the coordinates for Lucerne have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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 Lucerne, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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