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Newbern, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Newbern ...

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 Newbern (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 Newbern. 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.

Newbern is primarily located in Marion County. A portion of Newbern extends into Lucas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Jasper, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Polk, Poweshiek & Warren.

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

Marion     (The home county for Newbern)
  Bauer   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Attica   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Swan   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Walnut City   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Moravia   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Plano   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mystic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brazil   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rathbun   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Numa   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Udell   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Unionville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodburn   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Osceola   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Green Bay - Historic   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Murray   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Garden Grove   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Weldon   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Van Wert   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Leon   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Decatur City   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Reasnor   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Galesburg   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Metz   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Killduff   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sully   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lucas   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Russell   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Derby   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Truro   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Barney   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lakonta   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Evans   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beacon   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Peoria   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  University Park   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Albia   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mitchellville   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Des Moines   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clive   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lorimor   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blakesburg   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Liberty Center   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Milo   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  New Virginia   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Millerton   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Confidence   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Humeston   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Corydon   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Promise City   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Allerton   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clio   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Newbern ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Newbern.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Newbern Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bauer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tickel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brownlee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Niswender Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Strong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dallas Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Belinda Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rosemount Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shupe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Parr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nephus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coloma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goodes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Clore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oxford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clear Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Columbia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gosport Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Norwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hendrickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Motor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brinegar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chariton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Stoneking Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stickle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Christian Neck Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Newbern ...

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 Newbern.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Newbern, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Newbern.

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 Newbern had a population of 127 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Bauer   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Newbern
 - Bauer had a post office and no railroad service
Oakley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Newbern
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Oakley had a post office and railroad service
Cloud   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Newbern
 - Cloud had a post office and no railroad service
Lacona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Newbern
 - 1895 population of 301 people (with 352 people in 2018)
 - Lacona had a post office and railroad service
Belinda   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Newbern
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Belinda had a post office and no railroad service
Whitebreast   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Newbern
 - Whitebreast had railroad service and no post office
Indianola Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Newbern
 - Indianola Junction had railroad service and no post office
Columbia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Newbern
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Columbia had a post office and no railroad service
Gosport   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Newbern
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gosport had a post office and no railroad service
Caloma   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Newbern
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Caloma had a post office and no railroad service
Norwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Newbern
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Norwood 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 Newbern. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Newbern 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 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 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 Newbern:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Appanoose County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Decatur County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Lucas County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Union County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Marion 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 Newbern ...

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

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 Newbern:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Marion County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Newbern. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Newbern) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Newbern. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1608, Longitude: -93.3109     [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 Newbern, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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