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Our Genealogy Helper for Numa ...

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 Numa (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 Numa. 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 northwest 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 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.

Numa is located in Appanoose County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Appanoose County: Davis, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne, Putnam (MO) & Schuyler (MO).

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

Appanoose     (The home county for Numa)
  Cincinnati   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Brazil   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Plano   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Mystic   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Exline   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Walnut City   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rathbun   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Udell   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Moravia   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Orleans   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodburn   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Paris   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  West Grove   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Drakesville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Floris   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Garden Grove   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Leon   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Russell   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Derby   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lucas   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lakonta   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Attica   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Albia   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blakesburg   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ottumwa   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cliffland   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Promise City   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Confidence   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Corydon   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Millerton   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Allerton   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Clio   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Humeston   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lineville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Adair (MO)
  Novinger (MO)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kirksville (MO)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mercer (MO)
  South Lineville (MO)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mercer (MO)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Princeton (MO)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Putnam (MO)
  Pearl City (MO)   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Unionville (MO)   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Livonia (MO)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Powersville (MO)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lucerne (MO)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Worthington (MO)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Schuyler (MO)
  Coatsville (MO)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Glenwood (MO)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lancaster (MO)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Queen City (MO)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Greentop (MO)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Downing (MO)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Sullivan (MO)
  Pollock (MO)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Newtown (MO)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Green City (MO)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Greencastle (MO)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harris (MO)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Milan (MO)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Osgood (MO)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Numa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Numa.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Numa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Farmers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hibbsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Adamson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Motto Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Livengood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Felkner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jerome Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Livingston Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Schultz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hism Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Bozwell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elgin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Southlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forbush Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Genoa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mendota Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sharon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cozad Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shoney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zoar Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bohm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shaeffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Promise City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hickerson Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Numa ...

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 170 newspapers that have been published in the area around Numa.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Numa, 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 Numa.

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 Numa had a population of 125 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Numa had a population of 89 people.

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

Jerome   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Numa
 - Jerome had a post office and railroad service
Cincinnati   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Numa
 - 1895 population of 432 people (with 342 people in 2018)
 - Cincinnati had a post office and railroad service
Garfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Numa
 - Garfield had railroad service and no post office
Brazil   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Numa
 - 1895 population of 476 people
 - Brazil had a post office and railroad service
Diamond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Numa
 - Diamond had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Numa
 - Plano had a post office and railroad service
Centerville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Numa
 - Centerville had a post office and railroad service
Mystic   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Numa
 - 1895 population of 875 people (with 407 people in 2018)
 - Mystic had a post office and railroad service
Exline   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Numa
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 154 people in 2018)
 - Exline 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 Numa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Numa in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Numa:

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 Appanoose County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Davis County:     Cyndi's



Decatur County:     Cyndi's



Lucas County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Adair County (MO):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (MO):     Cyndi's



Putnam County (MO):     Cyndi's



Schuyler County (MO):     Cyndi's



Sullivan County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Appanoose 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 Numa ...

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

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 Numa:

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

Sixth Biennial Report of the State Mine Inspectors, Two Years Ending June 30, 1893

Published as a Legislative Document: The Twenty-Fifth General Assembly of the State of Iowa - Vol. 4

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Iowa

About Appanoose County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Numa. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Numa) 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 Numa. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Numa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Numa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6854, Longitude: -92.9800     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Numa 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 Numa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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