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Nora Springs, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Nora Springs ...

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 Nora Springs (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 Nora Springs. 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.

Name Variations for Nora Springs ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Nora Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Nora Springs: Nora Spgs. (or less commonly used: Nora Spngs. or Nora Sprngs.)

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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Nora Springs is primarily located in Floyd County. A portion of Nora Springs extends into Cerro Gordo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Floyd County: Bremer, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Franklin, Howard, Mitchell & Worth.

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

Floyd     (The home county for Nora Springs)
  Rudd   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Rockford   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Floyd   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Aureola   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Roseville   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Marble Rock   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Oakwood   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Charles City   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Colwell   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Plainfield   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Frederika   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bremer   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Greene   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Aredale   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bristow   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dumont   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Allison   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clarksville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kesley   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shell Rock   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Austinville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Aplington   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Cerro Gordo
  Rock Falls   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Portland   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mason City Junction   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rockwell   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Burchinal   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dougherty   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Swaledale   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ventura   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Thornton   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Bassett   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nashua   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ionia   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  North Washington   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Alta Vista   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Hampton   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Chapin   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Hansell   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hampton   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Latimer   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alexander   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Coulter   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Garner   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Klemme   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Goodell   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Duncan   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Crystal Lake   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Britt   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ackley   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Riceville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Elma   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chester   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rock Creek   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Mitchell   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Orchard   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Saint Ansgar   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Carpenter   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Toeterville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Little Cedar   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Stacyville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Meyer   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  McIntire   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lake Mills   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Leland   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Scarville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Manly   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bolan   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kensett   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hanlontown   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fertile   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Northwood   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Joice   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bristol   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Belmond   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rowan   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Freeborn (MN)
  Myrtle (MN)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Glenville (MN)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Emmons (MN)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Twin Lakes (MN)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hayward (MN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakland (MN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Albert Lea (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mower (MN)
  Lyle (MN)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Adams (MN)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rose Creek (MN)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Taopi (MN)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Le Roy (MN)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Austin (MN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mapleview (MN)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elkton (MN)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Nora Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nora Springs.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rock Grove Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spring Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Oscar Peterson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Owen's Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rockford Riverside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE West End Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rock Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Rudd Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rock Creek Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Schmidt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Flood Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Nora Springs ...

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 141 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nora Springs.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Nora Springs. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Nora Springs and those printed in the larger area surrounding Nora Springs.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 36 miles [57.9 km] of Nora Springs.

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 Nora Springs had a population of 846 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Nora Springs had a population of 1,359 people.

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

Portland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Nora Springs
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Portland had a post office and railroad service
Rudd   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Nora Springs
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 349 people in 2018)
 - Rudd had a post office and railroad service
Rock Falls   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nora Springs
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 146 people in 2018)
 - Rock Falls had a post office and railroad service
Rockford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nora Springs
 - 1895 population of 1,010 people (with 830 people in 2018)
 - Rockford had a post office and railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nora Springs
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Plymouth Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nora Springs
 - Plymouth Junction had railroad service and no post office
Mason City Junction   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Nora Springs
 - Mason City Junction had railroad service and no post office
Cameron   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nora Springs
 - Cameron had railroad service and no post office
Plymouth   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nora Springs
 - 1895 population of 246 people (with 363 people in 2018)
 - Plymouth had a post office and railroad service
Mason City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Nora Springs
 - 1895 population of 4,007 people (with 27,093 people in 2018)
 - Mason City had a post office and railroad service
Grafton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Nora Springs
 - 1895 population of 38 people (with 248 people in 2018)
 - Grafton 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 Nora Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nora Springs 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 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 Nora Springs:

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 Floyd County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Cerro Gordo County:     Cyndi's



Chickasaw County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Howard County:     Cyndi's



Mitchell County:     Cyndi's



Winnebago County:     Cyndi's



Worth County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's



Freeborn County (MN):     Cyndi's



Mower County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Floyd 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 Nora Springs ...

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

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 Nora Springs:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Iowa

About Floyd County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nora Springs. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Floyd County:

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 from Point A (ie- Nora Springs) 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 Nora Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nora Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nora Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1445, Longitude: -93.0095     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nora Springs 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 Nora Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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