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Our Genealogy Helper for North Liberty ...

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 Liberty (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 Liberty. 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 Liberty ...

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 Liberty.

  • Typical abbreviation for North Liberty: N. Liberty

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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Liberty is located in Johnson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Johnson County: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine & Washington.

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

Johnson     (The home county for North Liberty)
  Oakdale   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Coralville   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Solon   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Windham   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hills   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Walford   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Norway   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Atkins   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Newhall   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vinton   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Downey   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Amana   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Homestead   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Middle Amana   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  North English   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ladora   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Victor   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Martelle   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Morley   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Olin   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Amber   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Langworthy   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Center Junction   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oxford Mills   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Onslow   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kinross   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Keota   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  South English   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ely   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lincolnway Village   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fairfax   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grand View Village   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Hills   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Marion   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Squaw Creek Village   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hiawatha   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sunset Village   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Letts   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hartwick   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Liberty   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elberon   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Washington   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near North Liberty ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Ridgewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Alt Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Greencastle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Summerhays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morman Burying Ground   [Map]     
  SSE Handcart Pioneer Burial Ground   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Agudas Achim Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Newport Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E St. Mary's Newport Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Shueyville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Sulek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Blain Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Dupont Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Truhlar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Unity Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Memory Gardens Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Morse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Western Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Buresh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Welsh Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Facklers Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Grabin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Oxford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Hummer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE North Scott Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Peter & Pauls Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Castek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in North Liberty ...

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 185 newspapers that have been published in the area around North Liberty.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of North Liberty, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for North Liberty.

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 Liberty had a population of 138 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, North Liberty had a population of 19,239 people.

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

Tiffin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 56 people (with 3,670 people in 2018)
 - Tiffin had a post office and railroad service
Coralville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 173 people (with 21,664 people in 2018)
 - Coralville had a post office and no railroad service
Shueyville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 138 people (with 667 people in 2018)
 - Shueyville had a post office and no railroad service
Iowa City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 7,016 people (with 76,290 people in 2018)
 - Iowa City had a post office and railroad service
Solon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 353 people (with 2,680 people in 2018)
 - Solon had a post office and railroad service
Cosgrove   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from North Liberty
 - Cosgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Graham - Historic   [Map]
 - While Graham was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from North Liberty
 - Graham had railroad service and no post office
Elmira   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from North Liberty
 - Elmira had railroad service and no post office
Morse   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Morse had a post office and railroad service
Ely   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 180 people (with 2,303 people in 2018)
 - Ely had a post office and railroad service
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 515 people (with 807 people in 2018)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service
Windham   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from North Liberty
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Windham 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 Liberty. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring North Liberty 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 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 Liberty:

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 Johnson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Clinton County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Johnson 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 North Liberty ...

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

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 Liberty:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Iowa

About Johnson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Johnson County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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- North Liberty) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for North Liberty. 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 Liberty

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Liberty. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7440, Longitude: -91.6147     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Liberty 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 Liberty, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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