A gazetteer is defined as "a geographical dictionary." Gazetteers typically list the names of towns, settlements, villages, districts, rivers, and mountains within a specified region. They may also provide geographical description, historical data, and biographical information about early residents. Gazetteers can be helpful for finding places that may or may not show up on a map. They are also useful for determining jurisdictions where records might be kept. For more information about gazetteers in general, see United States Gazetteers.
Two of the most helpful guides to places in Nebraska are:
- Fitzpatrick, Lillian Linder. Nebraska Place Names.. . . New edition. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1960. FHL book 978.2 E5f.
- Perkey, Elton A. Perkey' s Nebraska Place Names. Lincoln, Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1982. FHL book 978.2 E2p; FHL film 1035665; FHL fiche 6051307.
For river landings, see:
- Adams, Louis A. Adam's Directory of Points and Landings on Rivers and Bayous in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. (includes Tennessee) New Orleans : W.L. Murray, 1877. Digital version at Internet Archive.
The Nebraska State Historical Society has created a database entitled 1890/1911 Gazetteer Index. Researchers are able to search by Name, City, and/or Year (1890 or 1911) for listings. Entries include name, city, year, page and reel number.
- Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed., "gazetteer."