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Navan, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Navan ...

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 Navan (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 Navan. 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 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.

Navan is located in Winneshiek County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winneshiek County: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Fillmore (MN) & Houston (MN).

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

Winneshiek     (The home county for Navan)
  Jackson Junction   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Fort Atkinson   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Festina   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Spillville   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Calmar   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ossian   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Castalia   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Decorah   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bluffton   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kendallville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Hesper   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Highlandville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Postville   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waukon   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dorchester   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Black Hawk
  Dunkerton   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Edwards - Historic   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dewar   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Finchford   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Frederika   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tripoli   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Readlyn   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bremer   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Plainfield   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Denver   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Janesville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairbank   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stanley   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hazleton   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clarksville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shell Rock   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Greene   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lawler   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Fredericksburg   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  New Hampton   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  North Washington   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alta Vista   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ionia   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bassett   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nashua   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Luana   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Volga   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Monona   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Farmersburg   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Saint Olaf   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elkader   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clayton Center   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mederville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Strawberry Point   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waucoma   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Saint Lucas   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Alpha   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Douglass   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hawkeye   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  West Union   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Donnan   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Randalia   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Clermont   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brainard   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Westgate   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Colwell   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Charles City   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Floyd   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oakwood   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Roseville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Protivin   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Vernon Springs   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cresco   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elma   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lime Springs   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Forest City - Historic   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Riceville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Chester   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McIntire   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Orchard   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Little Cedar   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Osage   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Meyer   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fillmore (MN)
  Canton (MN)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Harmony (MN)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mabel (MN)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Newburg (MN)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Etna (MN)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Preston (MN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ostrander (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Houston (MN)
  Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Mower (MN)
  Le Roy (MN)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Navan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Navan.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW St. Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE C J Jack Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Little Turkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Marys Catholic Cemetery of Little Turkey   [Map]     
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Waucoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Johns German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W North Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Stapleton Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stapleton Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Alpha Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE St. Lukes Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Clement Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pitts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Anthonys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bohemian National Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Wenceslaus of Spillville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Haug Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Saude Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Yankee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smallest Church Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Navan ...

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 82 newspapers that have been published in the area around Navan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Navan, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Navan.

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 in 1895, Navan had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Little Turkey   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Navan
 - Little Turkey had a post office and no railroad service
Waucoma   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Navan
 - 1895 population of 406 people (with 246 people in 2018)
 - Waucoma had a post office and railroad service
Lawler   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Navan
 - 1895 population of 464 people (with 419 people in 2018)
 - Lawler had a post office and railroad service
Alpha   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Navan
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Alpha had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Lucas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Navan
 - Saint Lucas had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Atkinson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Navan
 - 1895 population of 480 people (with 322 people in 2018)
 - Fort Atkinson had a post office and railroad service
Protivin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Navan
 - 1895 population of 88 people (with 270 people in 2018)
 - Protivin had a post office and no railroad service
Saude   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Navan
 - Saude had a post office and no railroad service
Festina   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Navan
 - 1895 population of 141 people
 - Festina 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 Navan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Navan in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Navan:

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 Winneshiek County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Allamakee County:     Cyndi's



Black Hawk County:     Cyndi's



Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Chickasaw County:     Cyndi's



Clayton County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Floyd County:     Cyndi's



Howard County:     Cyndi's



Mitchell County:     Cyndi's



Fillmore County (MN):     Cyndi's



Houston County (MN):     Cyndi's



Mower County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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 Navan ...

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

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 Navan:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

The GNIS database contains an entry for Navan. See our Misc Page for Navan for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Winneshiek County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from Point A (ie- Navan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Navan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0978, Longitude: -92.0627     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Navan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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