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Our Genealogy Helper for Norwoodville ...

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 Norwoodville (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 Norwoodville. 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 hospitals 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.

Norwoodville is located in Polk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story & Warren.

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

Polk     (The home county for Norwoodville)
  Berwick   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Altoona   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mitchellville   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Luther   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Boone   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Granger   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Woodward   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Adel   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Perry   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wiscotta   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jamaica   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stuart   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ira   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Metz   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Truro   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Barney   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Swan   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Otley   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pella   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Attica   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  State Center   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Slater   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Collins   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Ames   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ontario   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Prole   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Norwoodville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Norwoodville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Berwick Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Highland Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Pinehill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oralabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Emmanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Ambrose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Rising Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bondurant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rittgers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kinsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Avon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stuart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McDivitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ankeny Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Elm Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ridgedale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Ft. Des Moines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Powers - Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bretheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Spry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Byers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elkhart Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Norwoodville ...

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 323 newspapers that have been published in the area around Norwoodville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Norwoodville, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Norwoodville.

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>

While we didn't find Norwoodville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Norwoodville.

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

Berwick   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Norwoodville
 - Berwick had a post office and railroad service
Saylor   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Norwoodville
 - Saylor had railroad service and no post office
Des Moines   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Norwoodville
 - 1895 population of 50,093 people (with 216,853 people in 2018)
 - Des Moines had a post office and railroad service
Oralabor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Norwoodville
 - Oralabor had railroad service and no post office
Altoona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Norwoodville
 - 1895 population of 326 people (with 18,844 people in 2018)
 - Altoona had a post office and railroad service
Saylorville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Norwoodville
 - 1895 population of 169 people
 - Saylorville had a post office and railroad service
East Des Moines   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Norwoodville
 - East Des Moines had railroad service and no post office
Ankeny   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Norwoodville
 - Ankeny had a post office and railroad service
Rising Sun   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Norwoodville
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Rising Sun had a post office and no railroad service
Hastie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Norwoodville
 - Hastie had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Norwoodville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Norwoodville 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 Norwoodville:

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 Polk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Guthrie County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Polk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Polk 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Norwoodville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norwoodville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6439, Longitude: -93.5610     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norwoodville 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 Norwoodville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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