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North Buena Vista, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for North Buena Vista ...

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 Buena Vista (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 Buena Vista. 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 Buena Vista ...

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 Buena Vista.

  • Typical abbreviation for North Buena Vista: N. Buena Vista

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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

North Buena Vista is located in Clayton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clayton County: Allamakee, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Winneshiek, Crawford (WI) & Grant (WI).

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

Clayton     (The home county for North Buena Vista)
  Millville   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Guttenberg   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Osterdock   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elkport   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Garber   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Garnavillo   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wood   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Littleport   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Edgewood   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clayton Center   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mederville   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Colesburg   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Holy Cross   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Earlville   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Greeley   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Delaware   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hopkinton   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dundee   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Masonville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Holy Cross   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Balltown   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Old Balltown   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Rickardsville   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Luxemburg   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sherrill   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Durango   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  New Vienna   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Graf   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Asbury   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Centralia   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wadena   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Donatus   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  La Motte   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Canton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Crab Town   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ironhills   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Andrew   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Langworthy   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Amber   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Center Junction   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Onslow   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Prairieburg   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coggon   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jo Daviess (IL)
  East Dubuque (IL)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Menominee (IL)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Galena (IL)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bremen (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Aiken (IL)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Scales Mound (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Crawford (WI)
  Bridgeport (WI)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wauzeka (WI)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wauzeka (WI)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Boydtown (WI)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marietta (WI)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Steuben (WI)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Haney (WI)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Seneca (WI)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grant (WI)
  Cassville (WI)   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Cassville (WI)   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Waterloo (WI)   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Glen Haven (WI)   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Beetown (WI)   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Potosi (WI)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Potosi (WI)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tennyson (WI)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bloomington (WI)   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bloomington (WI)   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  South Lancaster (WI)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bagley (WI)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Iowa (WI)
  Rewey (WI)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mifflin (WI)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Eden (WI)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cobb (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Highland (WI)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Linden (WI)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Linden (WI)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Highland (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lafayette (WI)
  Benton (WI)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elk Grove (WI)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Belmont (WI)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Benton (WI)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belmont (WI)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Diggings (WI)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  New Diggings (WI)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Seymour (WI)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kendall (WI)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  White Oak Springs (WI)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fort Gratiot (WI) - Historic   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shullsburg (WI)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Richland (WI)
  Westport (WI)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near North Buena Vista ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of North Buena Vista.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Buena Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE North Buena Vista Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Cassville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Floyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Francis Assisi Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sprauge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Cottage Hill Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cottage Hill Protestant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Redman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Myer Property Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Richardsville Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bierer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bankston Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Charlotte Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friedlein Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Matthews Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Guttenberg Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bolsinger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Congregational Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gockel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sherrill UCC Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sherrill Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Noggle Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in North Buena Vista ...

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 133 newspapers that have been published in the area around North Buena Vista.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of North Buena Vista, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for North Buena Vista.

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 Buena Vista had a population of 73 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, North Buena Vista had a population of 120 people.

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

Cassville (WI)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from North Buena Vista
 - 1895 population of 886 people (with 894 people in 2018)
 - Cassville had a post office and no railroad service
Waupeton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from North Buena Vista
 - Waupeton had a post office and railroad service
Turkey River   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from North Buena Vista
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Turkey River had a post office and railroad service
Cameron   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from North Buena Vista
 - Cameron had railroad service and no post office
Balltown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from North Buena Vista
 - Balltown had a post office and no railroad service
McCartney (WI)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from North Buena Vista
 - McCartney had railroad service and no post office
Cottage Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from North Buena Vista
 - 1895 population of 163 people
 - Cottage Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Millville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from North Buena Vista
 - 1895 population of 108 people (with 29 people in 2014)
 - Millville had a post office and railroad service
Luxemburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from North Buena Vista
 - 1895 population of 192 people (with 242 people in 2018)
 - Luxemburg 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 North Buena Vista. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring North Buena Vista 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 professional and volunteer 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 North Buena Vista:

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 Clayton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Allamakee County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Delaware County:     Cyndi's



Dubuque County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Jo Daviess County (IL):     Cyndi's



Crawford County (WI):     Cyndi's



Grant County (WI):     Cyndi's



Iowa County (WI):     Cyndi's



Lafayette County (WI):     Cyndi's



Richland County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Buena Vista:

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

We have found North Buena Vista in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for North Buena Vista for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Iowa

About Clayton County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clayton County:

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- North Buena Vista) 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 Buena Vista. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from North Buena Vista

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Buena Vista. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6803, Longitude: -90.9573     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Buena Vista 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 North Buena Vista, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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