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Our Genealogy Helper for North Branch ...

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 North Branch (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 North Branch. 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 North Branch ...

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 North Branch.

  • Typical abbreviation for North Branch: N. Branch

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.

North Branch is located in Guthrie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Guthrie County: Adair, Audubon, Carroll, Cass, Dallas, Greene & Madison.

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

Guthrie     (The home county for North Branch)
  Guthrie Center   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Casey   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Panora   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Menlo   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bagley   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Yale   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Stuart   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Herndon   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Jamaica   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Adair   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bridgewater   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stanzel   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Orient   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Zion   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Carl   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mount Etna   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lincoln Center   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Strand   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Exira   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Audubon   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Brayton   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kimballton   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Gray   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fiscus   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dedham   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Templeton   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Willey   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Manning   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Roselle   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ralston   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Glidden   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Halbur   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carroll Community Estates   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Carroll   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lidderdale   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anita   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wiota   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Grove City - Historic   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Norway Center   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sycamore Village   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Atlantic   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Marne   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cumberland   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Massena   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lewis   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Griswold   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Aspinwall   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Manilla   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Westside   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vail   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Buck Grove   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Linden   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wiscotta   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Perry   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Adel   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Scranton   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Churdan   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dana   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Macksburg   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Grant   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Walnut   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hancock   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elk Horn   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Irwin   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kirkman   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harlan   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Corley   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Defiance   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Westphalia   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Earling   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tennant   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Panama   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near North Branch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of North Branch.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Bear Grove Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bear Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Union Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Wichita Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Exira Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Melville Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Dalmanutha Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maplewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Danish Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Immanual Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in North Branch ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around North Branch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of North Branch, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for North Branch.

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 North Branch had a population of 172 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Wichita   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from North Branch
 - Wichita had a post office and no railroad service
Exira   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from North Branch
 - 1895 population of 575 people (with 771 people in 2018)
 - Exira had a post office and railroad service
Hamlin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from North Branch
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Hamlin had a post office and railroad service
Adair   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from North Branch
 - 1895 population of 722 people (with 704 people in 2018)
 - Adair had a post office and railroad service
Viola Center   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from North Branch
 - Viola Center had a post office and no railroad service
Guthrie Center   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from North Branch
 - 1895 population of 1,037 people (with 1,501 people in 2018)
 - Guthrie Center had a post office and railroad service
Audubon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from North Branch
 - 1895 population of 1,310 people (with 1,912 people in 2018)
 - Audubon had a post office and railroad service
Brayton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from North Branch
 - 1895 population of 124 people (with 112 people in 2018)
 - Brayton 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 North Branch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring North Branch in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 North Branch:

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 Guthrie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adair County:     Cyndi's



Adams County:     Cyndi's



Audubon County:     Cyndi's



Boone County:     Cyndi's



Carroll County:     Cyndi's



Cass County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Pottawattamie County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 North Branch:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Guthrie County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for North Branch. 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 from Point A (ie- North Branch) 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 North Branch. 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 North Branch

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Branch. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6457, Longitude: -94.7149     [Map].

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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 North Branch, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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