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Our Genealogy Helper for Nevada ...

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 Nevada (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 Nevada. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Nevada is located in Story County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Story County: Boone, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Marshall & Polk.

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

Story     (The home county for Nevada)
  Fernald   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Shipley   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Colo   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ames   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  McCallsburg   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Roland   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Collins   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Luther   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Boone   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Boxholm   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Granger   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Woodward   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Perry   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Adel   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Popejoy   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dana   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Conrad   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Beaman   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wellsburg   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Randall   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jewell   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stanhope   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kamrar   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stratford   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Williams   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blairsburg   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Webster City   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Radcliffe   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  New Providence   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gifford   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Whitten   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eldora   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Owasa   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Steamboat Rock   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alden   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ira   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Metz   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Newton   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swan   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  State Center   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Albion   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Liscomb   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Polk City Junction   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Polk City   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Saylorville Reservoir   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mitchellville   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Montour   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gladbrook   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lehigh   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brushy   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Burnside   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Harcourt   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lanyon   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Nevada ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nevada.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nevada Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evergreen Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Knoll Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pleasant Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Colo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McMichael Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bloomington Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ames Municipal Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sunday Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brouhard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Arrasmith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Cambridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brubaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCallsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Born Cemetery   [Map]     
  W College Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Nevada ...

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 210 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nevada.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Nevada. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Nevada and those printed in the larger area surrounding Nevada.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 31 miles [49.9 km] of Nevada.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Nevada had a population of 1,662 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Nevada had a population of 6,751 people.

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

Iowa Center   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nevada
 - 1895 population of 261 people
 - Iowa Center had a post office and no railroad service
Colo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Nevada
 - 1895 population of 261 people (with 834 people in 2018)
 - Colo had a post office and railroad service
Cambridge   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Nevada
 - 1895 population of 432 people (with 806 people in 2018)
 - Cambridge had a post office and railroad service
Maxwell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nevada
 - 1895 population of 453 people (with 915 people in 2018)
 - Maxwell had a post office and railroad service
Ames   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Nevada
 - 1895 population of 1,276 people (with 67,154 people in 2018)
 - Ames had a post office and railroad service
Roland   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Nevada
 - 1895 population of 171 people (with 1,271 people in 2018)
 - Roland had a post office and railroad service
McCallsburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nevada
 - McCallsburg had a post office and railroad service
Huxley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Nevada
 - Huxley had a post office and railroad service

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites 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 Nevada:

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 Story County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Grundy County:     Cyndi's



Hamilton County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Tama 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 Story 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Nevada ...

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

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 Nevada:

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

1915-1916 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Nevada

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Story County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Nevada:

The official website for Story County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Nevada) 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 Nevada. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nevada

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nevada. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0207, Longitude: -93.4502     [Map].

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

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