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Madrid, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Madrid ...

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 Madrid (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 Madrid. 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.

Madrid is located in Boone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Boone County: Dallas, Greene, Hamilton, Polk, Story & Webster.

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

Boone     (The home county for Madrid)
  Luther   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Moingona   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Boone   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Jordan   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Ogden   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Centerville   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Berkley   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Fraser   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Beaver   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Boxholm   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Woodward   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Granger   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Bouton   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Minburn   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Perry   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Dallas Center   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Waukee   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Dawson   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Adel   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Booneville   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Van Meter   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  DeSoto   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Rippey   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Grand Junction   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Dana   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Cooper   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Paton   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Jefferson   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Scranton   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Churdan   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Jamaica   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Herndon   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Yale   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Panora   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Bagley   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Stuart   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Guthrie Center   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Bayard   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Menlo   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Stratford   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Randall   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Stanhope   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Jewell   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Ellsworth   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Kamrar   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Webster City   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Garden City   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Radcliffe   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Hubbard   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Valeria   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Clyde   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Mingo   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Green Castle   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Oswalt   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Ira   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Colfax   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Goddard   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Baxter   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Prairie City   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Vandalia   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Metz   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Earlham   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Bevington   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Patterson   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Winterset   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Saint Charles   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Swan   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Rhodes   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  State Center   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Melbourne   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Clemons   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Polk City Junction   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Polk City   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Saylorville Reservoir   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Alleman   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Herrold   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Grimes   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Johnston   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Ankeny   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Elkhart   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Urbandale   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Saylorville   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Clive   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Sheldahl   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Slater   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Kelley   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Huxley   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Midvale   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Ontario   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Cambridge   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Ames   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Zenorsville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Shipley   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Gilbert   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Iowa Center   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Lakewood   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Cumming   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Norwalk   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Carlisle   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Prole   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Spring Hill   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Martensdale   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Hartford   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Palmyra   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Indianola   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Saint Marys   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Ackworth   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Dayton   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Lanyon   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Harcourt   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Lehigh   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Burnside   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Gowrie   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Palm Grove   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Brushy   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Evanston   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Madrid ...

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 230 newspapers that have been published in the area around Madrid.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Madrid. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Madrid and those printed in the larger area surrounding Madrid.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> of Madrid.

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 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 Madrid:

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 Boone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Guthrie County:     Cyndi's



Hamilton County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Cemeteries Near Madrid ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Madrid.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  S Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Cassel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Hillsdale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  NW Dalander Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  SSE United Brethren Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  WSW Xenia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopkins Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Garden Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W State Hospital Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  SSW Robbins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  WSW Woodward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lem Small Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hull Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sheldahl Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Sheldahl Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  ESE Willie Coons Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Slater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW James Gildea Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  NNW Squire Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davis Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beebe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Polk City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peoples Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  NNW Sarah Dinwoodie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peoples 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 Madrid had a population of 565 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Madrid had a population of 2,562 people.

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

Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the West Southwest (WSW) from Madrid
 - 1895 population of 328 people (with 1,420 people in 2018)
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Sheldahl   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the East (E) from Madrid
 - 1895 population of 368 people (with 319 people in 2018)
 - Sheldahl had a post office and railroad service
Luther   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North (N) from Madrid
 - Luther had a post office and railroad service
Polk City Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Madrid
 - Polk City Junction had railroad service and no post office
Slater   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the East (E) from Madrid
 - Slater had a post office and railroad service
Granger   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the South (S) from Madrid
 - Granger had a post office and railroad service
Kelley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Madrid
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 300 people in 2018)
 - Kelley had a post office and railroad service
Ingersoll - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingersoll was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the South (S) from Madrid
 - Ingersoll had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Madrid. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Madrid in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Madrid ...

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

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 Madrid:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Boone County:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Madrid) 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 Madrid. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Madrid

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Madrid. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.8769, Longitude: -93.8157     [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 Madrid, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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