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Nordness, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Nordness ...

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 Nordness (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 Nordness. 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 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.

Nordness is located in Winneshiek County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winneshiek County: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Fillmore (MN) & Houston (MN).

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

Winneshiek     (The home county for Nordness)
  Decorah   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Ossian   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Calmar   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Castalia   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Festina   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Spillville   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fort Atkinson   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bluffton   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Highlandville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Jackson Junction   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hesper   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Waukon   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Postville   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dorchester   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lansing   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Albin   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Frederika   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tripoli   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stanley   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lawler   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fredericksburg   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Hampton   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alta Vista   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  North Washington   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ionia   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bassett   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Luana   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Monona   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Farmersburg   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Olaf   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Volga   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elkader   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marquette   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clayton Center   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  McGregor   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Garnavillo   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mederville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Lucas   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Douglass   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clermont   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Waucoma   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  West Union   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brainard   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Alpha   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hawkeye   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Donnan   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Randalia   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Protivin   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cresco   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vernon Springs   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Forest City - Historic   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lime Springs   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elma   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chester   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Riceville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fillmore (MN)
  Mabel (MN)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Canton (MN)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Newburg (MN)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Harmony (MN)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lanesboro (MN)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Preston (MN)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Whalan (MN)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Peterson (MN)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Etna (MN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rushford Village (MN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rushford (MN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fountain (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Houston (MN)
  Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Eitzen (MN)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Caledonia (MN)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Houston (MN)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brownsville (MN)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Crawford (WI)
  De Soto (WI)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ferryville (WI)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Freeman (WI)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bridgeport (WI)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Seneca (WI)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grant (WI)
  Wyalusing (WI)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wyalusing (WI)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bagley (WI)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Vernon (WI)
  Wheatland (WI)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Genoa (WI)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Genoa (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Retreat (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bergen (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sterling (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stoddard (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Nordness ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nordness.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Bruvold Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Norwegian Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Washington Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE North Washington Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Union Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Benedict Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phelps Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Centennial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE East Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Calmar Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Aloysius Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ossian Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Francis DeSales Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pagin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Baker School Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kruse Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Teslow Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pontoppidan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Madison Settlement Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Mt. Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roy Schultz Property Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moneek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Frankville Village Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE East Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canoe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW East Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Haug Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Wenceslaus of Spillville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smallest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stavanger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem United Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Hauge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Clement Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE West Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canoe Ridge Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Springwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Nordness ...

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 152 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nordness.

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

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, Nordness had a post office and railroad service.

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

Freeport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nordness
 - 1895 population of 165 people
 - Freeport had a post office and no railroad service
Decorah   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Nordness
 - 1895 population of 2,801 people (with 7,594 people in 2018)
 - Decorah had a post office and railroad service
Conover   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Nordness
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Conover had a post office and railroad service
Calmar   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Nordness
 - 1895 population of 813 people (with 923 people in 2018)
 - Calmar had a post office and railroad service
Ossian   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Nordness
 - 1895 population of 609 people (with 782 people in 2018)
 - Ossian had a post office and railroad service
Frankville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Nordness
 - 1895 population of 171 people
 - Frankville had a post office and no railroad service
Washington Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Nordness
 - Washington Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Thoten   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nordness
 - Thoten had a post office and no railroad service
Spillville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nordness
 - 1895 population of 352 people (with 347 people in 2018)
 - Spillville 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 Nordness. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nordness 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 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 Nordness:

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 Winneshiek County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Allamakee County:     Cyndi's



Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Chickasaw County:     Cyndi's



Clayton County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Howard County:     Cyndi's



Fillmore County (MN):     Cyndi's



Houston County (MN):     Cyndi's



Crawford County (WI):     Cyndi's



Grant County (WI):     Cyndi's



Vernon County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Winneshiek 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 Nordness ...

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

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 Nordness:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Winneshiek County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nordness. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Nordness) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nordness. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2344, Longitude: -91.7718     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nordness 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 Nordness, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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