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Our Genealogy Helper for Nashua ...

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 Nashua (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 Nashua. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Nashua is located in Chickasaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chickasaw County: Bremer, Butler, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell & Winneshiek.

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

Chickasaw     (The home county for Nashua)
  Bradford   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Bassett   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ionia   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  New Hampton   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  North Washington   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fredericksburg   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alta Vista   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Lawler   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Black Hawk
  Finchford   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  North Cedar   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedar City   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Edwards - Historic   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cedar Falls   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dunkerton   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dewar   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Evansdale   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hudson   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elk Run Heights   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gilbertville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Plainfield   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Frederika   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bremer   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tripoli   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Janesville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Denver   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Readlyn   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Fairbank   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hazleton   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jesup   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clarksville   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Greene   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Shell Rock   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Allison   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bristow   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Aredale   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dumont   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Hartford   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kesley   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Aplington   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Austinville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Cerro Gordo
  Dougherty   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Portland   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rock Falls   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rockwell   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mason City Junction   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burchinal   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Swaledale   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Alpha   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Waucoma   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hawkeye   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oran   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westgate   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Lucas   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Donnan   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Douglass   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Randalia   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Maynard   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Union   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oelwein   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Charles City   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Oakwood   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Colwell   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Roseville   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Floyd   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Marble Rock   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Aureola   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rudd   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Nora Springs   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hansell   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chapin   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hampton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stout   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dike   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fern   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Buck Grove   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Holland   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wellsburg   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ackley   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elma   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Riceville   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Protivin   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Vernon Springs   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lime Springs   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cresco   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chester   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Forest City - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Orchard   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rock Creek   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mitchell   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Little Cedar   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McIntire   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Meyer   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Stacyville   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint Ansgar   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Toeterville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Carpenter   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jackson Junction   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fort Atkinson   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Spillville   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Festina   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Calmar   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Manly   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mower (MN)
  Le Roy (MN)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Nashua ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nashua.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pearl Rock Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cagley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riverton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Ligget Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Cedar View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Willow Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Boniface Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rowley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunnyside Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Richland Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Nashua ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nashua.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Nashua. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Nashua and those printed in the larger area surrounding Nashua.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 34 miles [54.7 km] of Nashua.

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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Nashua had a population of 1,240 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Nashua had a population of 1,593 people.

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

Bradford   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Nashua
 - 1895 population of 131 people
 - Bradford had a post office and no railroad service
Chickasaw   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nashua
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Chickasaw had a post office and no railroad service
Plainfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Nashua
 - 1895 population of 305 people (with 415 people in 2018)
 - Plainfield had a post office and railroad service
Horton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nashua
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Horton had a post office and no railroad service
Republic   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Nashua
 - Republic had a post office and no railroad service
Ionia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nashua
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 275 people in 2018)
 - Ionia had a post office and no railroad service
Bassett   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Nashua
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 65 people in 2018)
 - Bassett had a post office and railroad service
Powersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Nashua
 - Powersville had a post office and no railroad service
Roxie   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Nashua
 - Roxie 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 Nashua. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nashua 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 helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Nashua:

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 Chickasaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Black Hawk County:     Cyndi's



Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Cerro Gordo County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Floyd County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Grundy County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Howard County:     Cyndi's



Mitchell County:     Cyndi's



Winneshiek County:     Cyndi's



Worth County:     Cyndi's



Mower County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Chickasaw County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Chickasaw 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Nashua ...

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

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

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

Notes for Nashua:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Nashua in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for Nashua for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Iowa

About Chickasaw County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chickasaw County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Nashua) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Nashua. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nashua

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nashua. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.9517, Longitude: -92.5400     [Map].

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<2>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 Nashua, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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