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Our Genealogy Helper for Newhall ...

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 Newhall (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 Newhall. 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.

Newhall is located in Benton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Benton County: Black Hawk, Buchanan, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Poweshiek & Tama.

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

Benton     (The home county for Newhall)
  Atkins   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Norway   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Walford   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Vinton   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Garrison   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Black Hawk
  La Porte City   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jubilee   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gilbertville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blessing   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elk Run Heights   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Voorhies   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Evansdale   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dewar   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hudson   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dunkerton   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Brandon   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rowley   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Quasqueton   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Independence   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jesup   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Robinson   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ryan   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Masonville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Reinbeck   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Amana   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Middle Amana   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Homestead   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Ladora   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Victor   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coralville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Solon   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Windham   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Amish   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Martelle   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Morley   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Langworthy   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kinross   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  South English   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Webster   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Palo   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fairfax   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cedar Hills   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grand View Village   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hiawatha   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Toddville   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sunset Village   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lincolnway Village   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Robins   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Center Point   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Marion   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hartwick   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Malcom   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elberon   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dysart   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Vining   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clutier   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Traer   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Buckingham   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tama   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Toledo   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Montour   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Newhall ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Newhall.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Fix Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Prairie Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Raetz Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Parkers Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Norway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Calvary Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stringtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Bellar Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sisley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shellsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N East Eden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N First Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Linwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N United Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dickenson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Conn Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Lenox Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Plum Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairfax Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Spring Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Palo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Strawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Van Metre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW LaRue Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bender Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Newhall ...

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 77 newspapers that have been published in the area around Newhall.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Newhall, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Newhall.

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 in 1895, Newhall had a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Newhall had a population of 845 people.

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

Atkins   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Newhall
 - Atkins had a post office and railroad service
Norway   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Newhall
 - 1895 population of 401 people (with 528 people in 2018)
 - Norway had a post office and railroad service
Van Horne   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Newhall
 - 1895 population of 501 people (with 656 people in 2018)
 - Van Horne had a post office and railroad service
Watkins   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Newhall
 - 1895 population of 196 people
 - Watkins had a post office and railroad service
Blairstown   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Newhall
 - 1895 population of 583 people (with 662 people in 2018)
 - Blairstown had a post office and railroad service
Shellsburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Newhall
 - 1895 population of 468 people (with 974 people in 2018)
 - Shellsburg had a post office and railroad service
Palo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Newhall
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,084 people in 2018)
 - Palo had a post office and railroad service
Walford   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Newhall
 - Walford 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 Newhall. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Newhall 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 - 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 Newhall:

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 Benton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Black Hawk County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Delaware County:     Cyndi's



Grundy County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Newhall ...

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

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 Newhall:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Benton County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Newhall. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9933, Longitude: -91.9674     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Newhall 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 Newhall, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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