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Cedar Valley, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Cedar Valley ...

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 Cedar Valley (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 Cedar Valley. 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.

Name Variations for Cedar Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Cedar Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cedar Valley: Cedar Vly. (or less commonly used: Cedar Vally. or Cedar Vlly.)

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 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.

Cedar Valley is located in Cedar County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cedar County: Clinton, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Muscatine & Scott.

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

Cedar     (The home county for Cedar Valley)
  Buchanan   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Springdale   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Downey   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Walford   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Atkins   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Norway   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Calamus   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lost Nation   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grand Mound   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elwood   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  North Welton   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Welton   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  De Witt   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Delmar   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Amana   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Homestead   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Middle Amana   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buckhorn   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Canton   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ironhills   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Maquoketa   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Crab Town   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Solon   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hills   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Lone Tree   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Coralville   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Morley   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Olin   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Martelle   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oxford Mills   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Amber   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Center Junction   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Onslow   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Langworthy   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ely   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Springville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lincolnway Village   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Viola   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Squaw Creek Village   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grand View Village   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cedar Hills   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fairfax   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Letts   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wapello   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Midway Beach   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  New Liberty   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dixon   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Walcott   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maysville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Donahue   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Blue Grass   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eldridge   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Long Grove   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Davenport   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Park View   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Washington   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mercer (IL)
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  New Boston (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Rock Island (IL)
  Illinois City (IL)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Andalusia (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Buffalo Prairie (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rock Island (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Taylor Ridge (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moline (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Milan (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oak Grove (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Reynolds (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Cedar Valley ...

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 86 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cedar Valley.

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Cedar Valley:

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 Cedar County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Clinton County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County (IL):     Cyndi's



Rock Island County (IL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Cedar 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 ...

Cemeteries Near Cedar Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cedar Valley.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE North Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wood Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wood Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Springdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kiser Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Honey Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pee Dee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goodale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shawver Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cass Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Chamness Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW West Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Oasis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Achey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gray's Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dunfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bradley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE County Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Bridgets Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Downey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Virginia Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S North Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE South Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Centerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Lime City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whitmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ochiltree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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, Cedar Valley had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Buchanan   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Cedar Valley
 - Buchanan had a post office and railroad service
Springdale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Cedar Valley
 - 1895 population of 179 people
 - Springdale had a post office and no railroad service
Plato   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cedar Valley
 - Plato had a post office and railroad service
Rochester   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cedar Valley
 - 1895 population of 187 people
 - Rochester had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cedar Valley
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
West Branch   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cedar Valley
 - 1895 population of 474 people (with 2,426 people in 2018)
 - West Branch had a post office and railroad service
Centerdale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cedar Valley
 - 1895 population of 189 people
 - Centerdale had a post office and railroad service
Tipton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cedar Valley
 - 1895 population of 1,599 people (with 3,223 people in 2018)
 - Tipton had a post office and railroad service
Oasis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Cedar Valley
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Oasis 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 Cedar Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cedar Valley in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cedar Valley ...

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

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 Cedar Valley:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Cedar County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cedar Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7266, Longitude: -91.2473     [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 Cedar Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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