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Our Genealogy Helper for Panora ...

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 Panora (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 Panora. 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 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.

Panora is located in Guthrie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Guthrie County: Adair, Audubon, Carroll, Cass, Dallas, Greene & Madison.

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

  DirDistance
Guthrie     (The home county for Panora)
  Yale   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Guthrie Center   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Herndon   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bagley   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jamaica   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Menlo   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stuart   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Casey   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  North Branch   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
 
Adair
  Adair   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stanzel   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Orient   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Zion   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bridgewater   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Adams
  Williamson   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Audubon
  Exira   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Audubon   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brayton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gray   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kimballton   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fiscus   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Boone
  Berkley   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Luther   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Boxholm   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Boone   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Calhoun
  Farnhamville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lohrville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Carroll
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ralston   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dedham   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Willey   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Glidden   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Templeton   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Carroll Community Estates   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Roselle   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Carroll   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lidderdale   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lanesboro   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Halbur   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Cass
  Anita   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wiota   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Norway Center   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grove City - Historic   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Massena   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sycamore Village   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Atlantic   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cumberland   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dallas
  Linden   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Wiscotta   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Perry   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Adel   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
 
Greene
  Cooper   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Scranton   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dana   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Churdan   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Paton   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Madison
  Earlham   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Webster   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Macksburg   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Barney   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Polk
  Clive   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grimes   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Urbandale   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  West Des Moines   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Polk City   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saylorville Reservoir   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Polk City Junction   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Shelby
  Elk Horn   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Story
  Sheldahl   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Slater   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Warren
  Cumming   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Prole   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Webster
  Lanyon   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gowrie   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Harcourt   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Panora ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Panora.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W West Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Vandevanter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Van Order Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Monteith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Monteith Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Yale Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Glendon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morrisburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE West Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE PLeasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moffit Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Victory Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valley Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Maplewood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Richland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE East Linn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Dodge Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Panora ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Panora.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Panora. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Panora and those printed in the larger area surrounding Panora.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 35 miles [56.3 km] of Panora.

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 Panora had a population of 809 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Panora had a population of 1,071 people.

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

Monteith   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Panora
 - Monteith had a post office and railroad service
 
Linden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Panora
 - Linden had a post office and railroad service
 
Yale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Panora
 - Yale had a post office and railroad service
 
Dale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Panora
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Dale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fanslers   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Panora
 - Fanslers had a post office and no railroad service
 
Glendon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Panora
 - Glendon had a post office and railroad service
 
Guthrie Center   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Panora
 - 1895 population of 1,037 people (with 1,501 people in 2018)
 - Guthrie Center had a post office and railroad service
 
Herndon   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Panora
 - Herndon 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 Panora. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Panora in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Panora:

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 Guthrie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adair County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Audubon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Boone 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

 
Cass County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dallas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greene County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Madison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Shelby County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Story County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Webster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Panora ...

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

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 Panora:

  • 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 Panora in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Panora for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Guthrie County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Panora. 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- Panora) 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 Panora. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Panora

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Panora. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6917, Longitude: -94.3636     [Map].

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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: findagrave.com.

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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 Panora, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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