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Our Genealogy Helper for Palmer ...

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 Palmer (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 Palmer. 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 and 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.

Palmer is located in Pocahontas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pocahontas County: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Clay, Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Sac & Webster.

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

  DirDistance
Pocahontas     (The home county for Palmer)
  Pocahontas   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Rolfe   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fonda   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Havelock   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Varina   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Plover   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Laurens   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Boone
  Boxholm   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Buena Vista
  Albert City   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Newell   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Marathon   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Juniata   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lakeside   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Storm Lake   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Truesdale   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rembrandt   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Casino Beach   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sioux Rapids   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alta   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Linn Grove   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Calhoun
  Pomeroy   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Manson   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Twin Lakes   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jolley   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Knierim   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rockwell City   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Somers   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lytton   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rinard   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Yetter   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lake City   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lohrville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Carroll
  Lanesboro   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lidderdale   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Breda   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glidden   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ralston   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Clay
  Webb   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gillett Grove   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Greenville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rossie   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dickens   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Greene
  Churdan   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Paton   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dana   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hancock
  Corwith   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Humboldt
  Pioneer   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gilmore City   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bradgate   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rutland   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dakota City   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ottosen   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bode   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Arnold   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Livermore   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Thor   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hardy   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Kossuth
  Whittemore   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lu Verne   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Irvington   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Algona   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Palo Alto
  Mallard   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  West Bend   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Curlew   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rodman   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ayrshire   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cylinder   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Emmetsburg   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ruthven   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Sac
  Sac City   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nemaha   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grant City   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Early   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sac City Junction - Historic   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wall Lake   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Schaller   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Odebolt   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Webster
  Clare   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Barnum   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Moorland   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Slifer   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Badger   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Fort Dodge   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Callender   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cypsum City - Historic   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Otho   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coalville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gowrie   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Vincent   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Wright
  Eagle Grove   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Goldfield   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Woolstock   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Holmes   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Palmer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Palmer.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Elfsborg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elfsborg Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Swedish Mission Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE St. Pauls American Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grant Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Swedish Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lizard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Summit Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marble Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Leith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Palmer ...

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 141 newspapers that have been published in the area around Palmer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Palmer, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Palmer.

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.<2>

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

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

Lizard - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lizard was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Palmer
 - Lizard had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pomeroy   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Palmer
 - 1895 population of 481 people (with 608 people in 2018)
 - Pomeroy had a post office and railroad service
 
Manson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Palmer
 - 1895 population of 822 people (with 1,578 people in 2018)
 - Manson had a post office and railroad service
 
Pocahontas   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Palmer
 - 1895 population of 39 people (with 1,663 people in 2018)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pioneer   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Palmer
 - Pioneer had a post office and railroad service
 
Gilmore City   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Palmer
 - Gilmore City had a post office and railroad service
 
Twin Lakes   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Palmer
 - Twin Lakes had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jolley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Palmer
 - Jolley 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 Palmer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Palmer 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 - you should note 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 Palmer:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

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 Pocahontas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Buena Vista County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Calhoun County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Carroll County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clay County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greene County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hancock County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Humboldt County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Kossuth County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Palo Alto County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sac County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Webster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wright County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Pocahontas County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Pocahontas County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Palmer) 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 Palmer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Palmer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Palmer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6299, Longitude: -94.5985     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Palmer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Palmer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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