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Our Genealogy Helper for Mitchellville ...

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 Mitchellville (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 Mitchellville. 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.

Mitchellville is primarily located in Polk County. A portion of Mitchellville extends into Jasper County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story & Warren.

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

Polk     (The home county for Mitchellville)
  Bondurant   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Altoona   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Luther   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boone   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Granger   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Woodward   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Adel   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Perry   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Metz   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ira   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Truro   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Peoria   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Swan   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Otley   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pella   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Attica   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  State Center   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grinnell   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Searsboro   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Collins   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Slater   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Colo   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montour   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Prole   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Milo   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mitchellville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mitchellville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Mitchellville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW New Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Prairie Belle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bondurant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Colfax Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McKeever Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Rising Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Waveland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greencastle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Harvey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stuart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vandalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Slaughter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Powers - Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farrar Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kelley Family Burial Ground   [Map]     
  E Rorabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Berwick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wicker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ashton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Byers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mitchellville ...

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 310 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mitchellville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 Mitchellville had a population of 704 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Mitchellville had a population of 2,303 people.

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

Santiago   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Mitchellville
 - Santiago had a post office and railroad service
Oswalt   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mitchellville
 - Oswalt had a post office and railroad service
Valeria   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mitchellville
 - Valeria had a post office and railroad service
Ivy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mitchellville
 - Ivy had a post office and no railroad service
Bondurant   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mitchellville
 - Bondurant had a post office and railroad service
Altoona   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mitchellville
 - 1895 population of 326 people (with 18,844 people in 2018)
 - Altoona had a post office and railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Mitchellville
 - 1895 population of 957 people (with 2,069 people in 2018)
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Rising Sun   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mitchellville
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Rising Sun had a post office and no railroad service

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

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 Polk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Lucas County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Mitchellville:

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

We have found Mitchellville in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for Mitchellville for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Polk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mitchellville:

The official website for Polk County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mitchellville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6679, Longitude: -93.3630     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mitchellville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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:

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

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