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Our Genealogy Helper for Martin ...

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 Martin (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 Martin. 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 northwest 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 north.

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 north 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.

Martin is located in Bennett County and is the County Seat.

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 Bennett County: Cherry (NE), Jackson, Oglala Lakota & Todd.

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

  • Bennett County     (The home county of Martin)
    • Plenty Bears [Bennett County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plenty Bears have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plenty Bears
      • Plenty Bears [Bennett County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2014: 109 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plenty Bears
    • Swett [Bennett County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Swett
      • Swett [Bennett County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the west of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2014: 283 people
    • Allen [Bennett County]
    • Tuthill [Bennett County]
    • Vetal [Bennett County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vetal
      • Vetal [Bennett County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the east of Martin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vetal
  • Jackson County
    • Long Valley [Jackson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Valley
      • Long Valley [Jackson County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the northeast of Martin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Long Valley<3>
    • Wanblee [Jackson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wanblee have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wanblee
      • Wanblee [Jackson County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the north of Martin
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 725 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wanblee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wanblee<3>
    • Potato Creek [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Potato Creek
      • Potato Creek [Jackson County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Martin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Potato Creek
    • Interior [Jackson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Interior have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Interior
      • Interior [Jackson County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<2> to the north of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 106 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Interior
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Interior<3>
  • Mellette County
    • Norris [Mellette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norris
      • Norris [Mellette County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<2> to the northeast of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2014: 195 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norris
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norris<3>
  • Oglala Lakota County
    • Batesland [Oglala Lakota County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Batesland have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Batesland
      • Batesland [Oglala Lakota County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the west of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 114 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Batesland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Batesland<3>
    • Kyle [Oglala Lakota County]
    • Porcupine [Oglala Lakota County]
    • Wounded Knee [Oglala Lakota County]
    • Sharps Corner [Oglala Lakota County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sharps Corner
      • Sharps Corner [Oglala Lakota County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2014: 77 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sharps Corner
    • Manderson [Oglala Lakota County]
  • Todd County
    • Spring Creek [Todd County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Creek
      • Spring Creek [Todd County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<2> to the east of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2014: 122 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Creek
    • Parmelee [Todd County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parmelee
      • Parmelee [Todd County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<2> to the east of Martin
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 562 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parmelee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parmelee<3>
  • Cherry County (NE)
    • Merriman [Cherry County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Merriman have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merriman
      • Merriman [Cherry County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the south of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 129 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merriman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Merriman<3>
    • Cody [Cherry County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cody have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cody
      • Cody [Cherry County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 153 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cody
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cody<3>
    • Nenzel [Cherry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nenzel
      • Nenzel [Cherry County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nenzel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nenzel<3>
  • Sheridan County (NE)
    • Gordon [Sheridan County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gordon have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gordon
      • Gordon [Sheridan County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Martin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,521 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gordon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gordon<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Martin ...

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 Martin.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Martin. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Martin and those printed in the larger area surrounding Martin.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Martin.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

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

  • 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 Nebraska
    • Stories from South Dakota

Cemeteries Near Martin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Martin.

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

  • St. Johns Cemetery
  • St. Mary's Cemetery
  • Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery
  • Red Bear Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Red Bear Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Red Bear Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Martin.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Red Bear Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Bear Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #97436<4>
  • Peyote Cemetery
  • Salaway Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • St. Joseph Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Joseph Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • St. Joseph Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the north of Martin.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Joseph Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Joseph Cemetery
    • Pleasant Hill Cemetery
    • Body of Christ Cemetery
    • Merriman Cemetery
    • St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery
    • Knight Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Knight Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Knight Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the west of Martin.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Knight Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knight Cemetery
    • Feather on Head Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Feather on Head Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Feather on Head Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southwest of Martin.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Feather on Head Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Feather on Head Cemetery
    • Hawking Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hawking Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Hawking Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the northeast of Martin.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hawking Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hawking Cemetery
    • Conley Flat 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.<5>

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

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

  • Merriman [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Merriman have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merriman
    • Merriman [Cherry County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the south of Martin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 129 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Merriman had no post office or railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merriman
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Merriman<3>
  • Merriman [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Merriman have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merriman
    • Merriman [Cherry County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the south of Martin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 129 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Merriman had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merriman
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Merriman<3>
  • Eli [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eli have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eli
    • Eli [Cherry County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Martin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Eli had no post office or railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eli
  • Eli [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eli have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eli
    • Eli [Cherry County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Martin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Eli had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eli
  • Irwin [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irwin have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irwin
    • Irwin [Cherry County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southwest of Martin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Irwin had no post office or railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Irwin
  • Irwin [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irwin have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irwin
    • Irwin [Cherry County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southwest of Martin
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Irwin had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Irwin
  • Cody [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cody have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cody
    • Cody [Cherry County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Martin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 153 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cody had no post office or railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cody
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cody<3>
  • Cody [Cherry County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cody have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cody
    • Cody [Cherry County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Martin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 153 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cody had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cody
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cody<3>

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Martin. 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 '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- Martin) 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 Martin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Martin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Martin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1722, Longitude: -101.7318    
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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 Martin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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