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Our Genealogy Helper for Shell ...

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 Shell (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 Shell. 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.

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 doctors and 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.

Shell is located in Big Horn County.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Big Horn County: Big Horn (MT), Carbon (MT), Johnson, Park, Sheridan & Washakie.

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

  • Big Horn County     (The home county of Shell)
    • Flitners Corner [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flitners Corner
      • Flitners Corner [Big Horn County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Shell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flitners Corner
    • Greybull [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greybull
      • Greybull [Big Horn County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,797 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greybull
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greybull<2>
    • Basin [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Basin
      • Basin [Big Horn County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,257 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Basin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Basin<2>
    • Manderson [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manderson
      • Manderson [Big Horn County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 112 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manderson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manderson<2>
    • Hyattville [Big Horn County]
    • Otto [Big Horn County]
    • Kane [Big Horn County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kane
      • Kane [Big Horn County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Shell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kane have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Emblem [Big Horn County]
    • Burlington [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burlington
      • Burlington [Big Horn County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the west of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 343 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burlington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burlington<2>
    • Lovell [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lovell
      • Lovell [Big Horn County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,327 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lovell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lovell<2>
    • Byron [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Byron
      • Byron [Big Horn County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 592 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Byron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Byron<2>
  • Laramie County
    • Otto [Laramie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otto
      • Otto [Laramie County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Shell
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otto
  • Sheridan County
    • Burgess Junction [Sheridan County]
    • Wolf [Sheridan County]
    • Dayton [Sheridan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dayton
      • Dayton [Sheridan County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 830 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dayton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dayton<2>
    • Parkman [Sheridan County]
    • Ranchester [Sheridan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ranchester
      • Ranchester [Sheridan County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,082 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ranchester
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ranchester<2>
    • Big Horn [Sheridan County]
  • Washakie County
    • Worland [Washakie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Worland
      • Worland [Washakie County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,994 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Worland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Worland<2>
    • Ten Sleep [Washakie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ten Sleep
      • Ten Sleep [Washakie County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Shell
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 250 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ten Sleep
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ten Sleep<2>

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

Newspapers Published in Shell ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shell, there are papers which were published within 36 miles [57.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shell.

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 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 Shell:

  • 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 Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Shell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shell.

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

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.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Shell had a post office and no railroad service.

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

  • Shell [Big Horn County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shell
    • Shell [Big Horn County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Shell
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Shell had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shell
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shell<2>
  • Hyattville [Big Horn County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hyattville
    • Hyattville [Big Horn County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Shell
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hyattville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hyattville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hyattville<2>
  • Otto [Big Horn County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otto
    • Otto [Big Horn County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Shell
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Otto had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otto
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Otto<2>
  • Otto [Laramie County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otto
    • Otto [Laramie County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Shell
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Otto had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otto

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Shell ...

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

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Shell:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wyoming

About Big Horn County

About Wyoming

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Wyoming: www.wyo.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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shell) 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 Shell. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ShellOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.5363, Longitude: -107.7800    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<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>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>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 Shell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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