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Our Genealogy Helper for New Providence ...

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 New Providence (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 New Providence. 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.

New Providence is located in Hardin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hardin County: Butler, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marshall, Story & Wright.

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

Hardin     (The home county for New Providence)
  Gifford   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Eldora   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Whitten   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Owasa   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Steamboat Rock   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Eagle City   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Radcliffe   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cleves   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Robertson   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Black Hawk
  Voorhies   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blessing   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hudson   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Finchford   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cedar Falls   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Boone   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Luther   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Austinville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Aplington   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kesley   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dumont   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  New Hartford   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bristow   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Allison   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Aredale   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Popejoy   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coulter   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hampton   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hansell   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Latimer   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chapin   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alexander   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Conrad   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wellsburg   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Beaman   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Holland   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grundy Center   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Buck Grove   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fern   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morrison   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stout   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Reinbeck   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dike   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Randall   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Williams   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Jewell   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Blairsburg   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kamrar   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stanhope   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Webster City   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Stratford   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ira   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Newton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Liscomb   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Albion   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  State Center   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Zearing   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  McCallsburg   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fernald   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Roland   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Colo   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Story City   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Collins   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ames   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gladbrook   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montour   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buckingham   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Traer   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Toledo   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tama   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dows   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Galt   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rowan   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Solberg - Historic   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Woolstock   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near New Providence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of New Providence.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hadley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Honey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Chapel Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Chester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tipton Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rough Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Xenia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eldora Training School Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Francisco Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Boylan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Idaho Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Illinois Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bunch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hauser Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE East Lawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NE Eldora Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ellsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whitney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Buckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hardin County Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hardin City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bevins Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Zearing Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Whitaker Family Burying Ground   [Map]     
  SE Liscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Steamboat Rock Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in New Providence ...

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 188 newspapers that have been published in the area around New Providence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of New Providence, 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 New Providence.

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 New Providence had a population of 162 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, New Providence had a population of 224 people.

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

Lawn Hill   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from New Providence
 - Lawn Hill had a post office and railroad service
Gifford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from New Providence
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Gifford had a post office and railroad service
Secor - Historic   [Map]
 - While Secor was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from New Providence
 - Secor had a post office and railroad service
Union   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from New Providence
 - 1895 population of 514 people (with 382 people in 2018)
 - Union had a post office and railroad service
Eldora   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from New Providence
 - 1895 population of 1,577 people (with 2,621 people in 2018)
 - Eldora had a post office and railroad service
Hubbard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from New Providence
 - 1895 population of 452 people (with 804 people in 2018)
 - Hubbard had a post office and railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from New Providence
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Bangor had a post office and no railroad service
Whitten   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from New Providence
 - 1895 population of 195 people (with 143 people in 2018)
 - Whitten had a post office and railroad service
Hughs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from New Providence
 - Hughs had a post office and railroad service
Zearing   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from New Providence
 - 1895 population of 242 people (with 526 people in 2018)
 - Zearing 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 New Providence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring New Providence in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 New Providence:

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 Hardin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Black Hawk County:     Cyndi's



Boone County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Grundy County:     Cyndi's



Hamilton County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Hardin 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 New Providence ...

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

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 New Providence:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Hardin County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for New Providence. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- New Providence) 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 New Providence. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from New Providence

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in New Providence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2813, Longitude: -93.1719     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for New Providence 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 New Providence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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