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Our Genealogy Helper for Norman ...

So far, we have found very little information about Norman. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Norman to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Norman, please Contact Us.

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 Norman (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 Norman. 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 southwest 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Norman is historic, it would have been located within present day Winnebago County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winnebago County: Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Kossuth, Worth, Faribault (MN) & Freeborn (MN).

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

Winnebago     (The home county for Norman)
  Lake Mills   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]<2>
  Scarville   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Leland   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thompson   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rake   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Buffalo Center   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
Cerro Gordo
  Clear Lake   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ventura   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rock Falls   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mason City Junction   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burchinal   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Portland   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Swaledale   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Thornton   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rockwell   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Meservey   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nora Springs   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rudd   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Crystal Lake   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Garner   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Woden   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Duncan   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Britt   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Klemme   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Goodell   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lakota   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Titonka   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ledyard   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wesley   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Carpenter   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saint Ansgar   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Toeterville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mitchell   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rock Creek   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stacyville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Osage   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Little Cedar   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Meyer   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Orchard   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bristol   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Joice   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Northwood   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hanlontown   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fertile   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kensett   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bolan   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Manly   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Blue Earth (MN)
  Mapleton (MN)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pemberton (MN)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Faribault (MN)
  Walters (MN)   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Kiester (MN)   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bricelyn (MN)   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wells (MN)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Frost (MN)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Easton (MN)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Minnesota Lake (MN)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elmore (MN)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Blue Earth (MN)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Delavan (MN)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Winnebago (MN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Huntley (MN)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Freeborn (MN)
  Emmons (MN)   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles
  Twin Lakes (MN)   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Conger (MN)   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Alden (MN)   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Glenville (MN)   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Albert Lea (MN)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Manchester (MN)   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hayward (MN)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Myrtle (MN)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Freeborn (MN)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clarks Grove (MN)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hartland (MN)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
Mower (MN)
  Lyle (MN)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Austin (MN)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mapleview (MN)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lansing (MN)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rose Creek (MN)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brownsdale (MN)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Waltham (MN)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Adams (MN)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Renova (MN) - Historic   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Steele (MN)
  Ellendale (MN)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hope (MN)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Blooming Prairie (MN)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Waseca (MN)
  New Richland (MN)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Waldorf (MN)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Vista (MN)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wilton (MN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Alma City (MN)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Waseca (MN)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Norman ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Norman.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lime Creek Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  WNW Lime Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Salem Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brush Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Synod Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bristol Protestant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE South Silver Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bear Lake Concordia Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Synod Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rugland Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Silver Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Schnieder Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Somber Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Towne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE North Round Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lunder Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mansfield Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW North Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Center Synod Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Round Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW United Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Conger Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Concordia Lutheran Church Cemetery of Pickerel Lake   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WNW American Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Norman ...

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 159 newspapers that have been published in the area around Norman.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Norman, there are papers which were published within 36 miles [57.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Norman.

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.

Norman itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 68 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Emmons (MN)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Norman
 - Emmons had a post office and no railroad service
Lake Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 604 people (with 2,022 people in 2018)
 - Lake Mills had a post office and railroad service
Bristol   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Bristol had a post office and no railroad service
Somber   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Norman
 - Somber had a post office and no railroad service
Silver Lake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Norman
 - Silver Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Twin Lakes (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Norman
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 147 people in 2018)
 - Twin Lakes had a post office and railroad service
Mansfield (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Norman
 - Mansfield had a post office and no railroad service
Armstrong (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Norman
 - Armstrong 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 Norman. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Norman 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 websites either 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 Norman:

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 Winnebago County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cerro Gordo County:     Cyndi's



Floyd County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County:     Cyndi's



Kossuth County:     Cyndi's



Mitchell County:     Cyndi's



Worth County:     Cyndi's



Blue Earth County (MN):     Cyndi's



Faribault County (MN):     Cyndi's



Freeborn County (MN):     Cyndi's



Mower County (MN):     Cyndi's



Steele County (MN):     Cyndi's



Waseca County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Winnebago County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Winnebago 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Norman ...

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

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 Norman:

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

The GNIS database contains an entry for Norman. See our Misc Page for Norman for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Iowa

About Winnebago County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Norman, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Norman) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norman. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4930, Longitude: -93.4991     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norman have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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