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Napier, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Napier ...

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 Napier (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 Napier. 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.

Napier is located in Boone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Boone County: Dallas, Greene, Hamilton, Polk, Story & Webster.

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

Boone     (The home county for Napier)
  Jordan   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Luther   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Boone   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Boxholm   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Farnhamville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Woodward   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Granger   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Perry   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Adel   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Linden   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dana   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Paton   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Churdan   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jamaica   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Herndon   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Yale   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bagley   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Panora   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Randall   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Stanhope   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jewell   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stratford   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Kamrar   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Webster City   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Blairsburg   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Williams   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Radcliffe   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Providence   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gifford   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alden   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Owasa   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ira   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Metz   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  State Center   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Albion   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Liscomb   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Polk City Junction   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Polk City   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saylorville Reservoir   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grimes   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Urbandale   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Ontario   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Ames   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Slater   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Zenorsville   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Story City   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Prole   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lanyon   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harcourt   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lehigh   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Burnside   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Palm Grove   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brushy   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Evanston   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gowrie   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Duncombe   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Otho   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coalville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Callender   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Napier ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Napier.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Napier covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Garden Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ontario Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE College Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Sheldahl Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunday Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ames Municipal Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Hillsdale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Slater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Squire Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hull Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Dalander Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ballard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bloomington Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sarah Dinwoodie Cemetery   [Map]     
  W James Gildea Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cassel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Sheldahl Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Fjelberg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Palestine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McMichael Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arrasmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leatham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW United Brethren Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Willie Coons Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Cambridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linwood Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Biblical College Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Napier ...

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 196 newspapers that have been published in the area around Napier.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Napier, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Napier.

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>

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

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

Kelley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Napier
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 300 people in 2018)
 - Kelley had a post office and railroad service
Ontario   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Napier
 - 1895 population of 128 people
 - Ontario had a post office and railroad service
Ames   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Napier
 - 1895 population of 1,276 people (with 67,154 people in 2018)
 - Ames had a post office and railroad service
Luther   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Napier
 - Luther had a post office and railroad service
Slater   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Napier
 - Slater had a post office and railroad service
Madrid   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Napier
 - 1895 population of 565 people (with 2,562 people in 2018)
 - Madrid had a post office and railroad service
Sheldahl   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Napier
 - 1895 population of 368 people (with 319 people in 2018)
 - Sheldahl had a post office and railroad service
Huxley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Napier
 - Huxley had a post office and railroad service
Gilbert   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Napier
 - Gilbert had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Napier. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Napier in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Napier:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Boone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Guthrie County:     Cyndi's



Hamilton County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Boone County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Boone 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 Iowa

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Boone County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Boone County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Napier) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Napier. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9797, Longitude: -93.7180     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Napier have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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