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Packwood, Iowa
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Our Genealogy Helper for Packwood ...

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 Packwood (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 Packwood. 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 doctors 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.

Packwood is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Davis, Henry, Keokuk, Van Buren, Wapello & Washington.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Packwood)
  Linby   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Pekin   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Abingdon   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Fairfield   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Batavia   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Libertyville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Lockridge   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Unionville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Floris   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Carbon   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Pulaski   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Bloomfield   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Drakesville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Paris   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  West Grove   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
Des Moines
  Yarmouth   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Coppock   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Wayland   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Rome   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Westwood   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Olds   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Swedesburg   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Hillsboro   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Salem   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Winfield   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Mount Union   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  North English   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Millersburg   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Parnell   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Williamsburg   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Amish   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Williamstown   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Windham   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Hills   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Ollie   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Richland   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Martinsburg   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Hedrick   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Hayesville   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Harper   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Sigourney   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Keota   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Delta   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  South English   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Webster   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Kinross   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Big Mound   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Houghton   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  White Lane - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Mount Hamill   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Saint Paul   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Primrose   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Wyman   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Cotter   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Columbus City   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Fredonia   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Fremont   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Rose Hill   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Cedar   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Wright   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Indianapolis   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Keomah Village   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  University Park   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Barnes City   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Beacon   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Union Mills   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Lacey   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Albia   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Deep River   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Guernsey   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Montezuma   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
Van Buren
  Selma   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Birmingham   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Douds   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Leando   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Stockport   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Keosauqua   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Milton   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Cantril   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Bonaparte   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Farmington   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Competine   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Agency   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Eldon   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Cliffland   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Ottumwa   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Kirkville   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Chillicothe   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Eddyville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Blakesburg   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Rubio   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Brighton   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  West Chester   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Washington   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Wellman   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Ainsworth   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Kalona   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Riverside   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Packwood ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Packwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Packwood, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Packwood.

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 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 Packwood:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Appanoose County:     Cyndi's



Davis County:     Cyndi's



Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Cemeteries Near Packwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Packwood.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  SSW Prairie Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  N Altman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  SW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blue Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  SW Abingdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ollie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Summit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Halferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rock Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  WSW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ollie Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Walnut Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gantz Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  SW Schrom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McDowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Howard Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Competine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  S Gregg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Van Orsdall Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Rocky Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Skinner - McConnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Martinsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  WSW Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCleary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trueblood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  NNW Doggett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Batavia City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Memorial Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Perlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Westenhaver Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ann Gowey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shockley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW East Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deuser Cemetery   [Map]     

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 in 1895, Packwood had a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Packwood had a population of 222 people.

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

Abingdon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Packwood
 - 1895 population of 231 people
 - Abingdon had a post office and no railroad service
Ioka - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ioka was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Packwood
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Ioka had a post office and no railroad service
Pekin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Packwood
 - Pekin had a post office and railroad service
Ollie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the North (N) from Packwood
 - Ollie had a post office and railroad service
Brookville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the South (S) from Packwood
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Brookville had a post office and no railroad service
Richland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Packwood
 - 1895 population of 531 people (with 567 people in 2018)
 - Richland had a post office and railroad service
Nugent   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Packwood
 - Nugent had a post office and railroad service
Competine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the West (W) from Packwood
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Competine had a post office and no railroad service
Perlee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Packwood
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Perlee 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 Packwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Packwood in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Packwood ...

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

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 Packwood:

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

We have found Packwood in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Packwood for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Jefferson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Packwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1338, Longitude: -92.0825     [Map].
<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:
<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 Packwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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