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Our Genealogy Helper for Noble ...

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 Noble (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 Noble. 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.

Noble is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Henry, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk & Louisa.

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

Washington     (The home county for Noble)
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Ainsworth   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Downey   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Des Moines
  Yarmouth   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Danville   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mediapolis   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Burlington   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Olds   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rome   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Westwood   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mount Union   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  New London   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Salem   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  North English   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Linby   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lone Tree   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Amish   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hills   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Windham   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coralville   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Richland   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Keota   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ollie   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harper   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kinross   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  South English   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sigourney   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hayesville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Webster   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hedrick   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Delta   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Houghton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  White Lane - Historic   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Big Mound   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mount Hamill   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  West Point   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Primrose   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sawyer   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Donnellson   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Morning Sun   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wapello   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Letts   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Elrick Junction   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Van Buren
  Stockport   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Douds   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Leando   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Keosauqua   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Selma   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Competine   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eldon   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Agency   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cliffland   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Gulf Port (IL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oquawka (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gladstone (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mercer (IL)
  New Boston (IL)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Keithsburg (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Joy (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Rock Island (IL)
  Illinois City (IL)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Noble ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Noble.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Eicher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fern Cliff Evangelic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rumble Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Wayland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sugar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sommers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W North Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Cottonwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kurtz Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shively Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Finley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE North Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Finley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Swedesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crawfordsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Schrock Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Custer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beauchamp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Shuppy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW German Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tallman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Richie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Germanville Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Peter's & Paul's German Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Traxler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Covenantor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Messer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Richwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richwoods Cemetery (New)   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Hochreider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elm Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Ainsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sandy Hook Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Polishville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Richwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richwoods Cemetery (Old)   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Winfield Scott Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Cambrian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sweet Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Noble ...

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 154 newspapers that have been published in the area around Noble.

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

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, Noble had a post office and railroad service.

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

Wayland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Noble
 - 1895 population of 168 people (with 951 people in 2018)
 - Wayland had a post office and railroad service
Olds   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Noble
 - Olds had a post office and railroad service
Coppock   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Noble
 - Coppock had a post office and railroad service
Swedesburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Noble
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Swedesburg had a post office and no railroad service
Crawfordsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Noble
 - 1895 population of 278 people (with 269 people in 2018)
 - Crawfordsville had a post office and railroad service
Havre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Noble
 - Havre had a post office and railroad service
Merrimac   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Noble
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Merrimac had a post office and no railroad service
Trenton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Noble
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Trenton had a post office and no railroad service
Wyman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Noble
 - Wyman had a post office and railroad service
Germanville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Noble
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Germanville 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 Noble. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Noble in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Noble:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County (IL):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (IL):     Cyndi's



Rock Island County (IL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Washington 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 Noble ...

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

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 Noble:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Washington County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Noble. 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- Noble) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Noble. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1664, Longitude: -91.6196     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Noble 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 Noble, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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