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Our Genealogy Helper for Monroe ...

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 Monroe (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 Monroe. 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.

Monroe is located in Jasper County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jasper County: Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Story & Tama.

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

Jasper     (The home county for Monroe)
  Reasnor   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Galesburg   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Metz   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Killduff   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Newton   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sully   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kellogg   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Granger   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Thornburg   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  What Cheer   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Russell   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lucas   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Peoria   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Evans   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Union Mills   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Beacon   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lakonta   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  University Park   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Otley   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Swan   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pella   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Attica   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  State Center   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Albia   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mitchellville   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Searsboro   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grinnell   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Malcom   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Collins   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Colo   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Slater   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fernald   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Montour   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tama   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Milo   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Liberty Center   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Prole   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Monroe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Monroe.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Monroe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Seay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gifford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Ritter - Worth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pendroy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dowler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Dunreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mikesell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burkhalter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gibbons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kleins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Griffis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Red Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rhinehart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rees Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ruckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mound Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hannold Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Teter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Livingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Waveland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Spurgeon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Schirey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dearinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Palo Alto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Wren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Coal Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Coal Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rorabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Virerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelley Family Burial Ground   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Monroe ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Monroe.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Monroe. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Monroe and those printed in the larger area surrounding Monroe.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km] of Monroe.

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 Monroe had a population of 952 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Monroe had a population of 1,874 people.

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

Otley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Monroe
 - 1895 population of 271 people
 - Otley had a post office and railroad service
Reasnor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Monroe
 - 1895 population of 128 people (with 155 people in 2018)
 - Reasnor had a post office and railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Monroe
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Percy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Percy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Monroe
 - Percy had a post office and railroad service
Galesburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Monroe
 - 1895 population of 289 people
 - Galesburg had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Monroe
 - 1895 population of 684 people (with 1,729 people in 2018)
 - Prairie City had a post office and railroad service
Morgin Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Morgin Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Monroe
 - Morgin Valley had a post office and railroad service
Metz   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Monroe
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Metz had a post office and railroad service
Coal Siding - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coal Siding was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Monroe
 - Coal Siding had railroad service and no post office
Vandalia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Monroe
 - 1895 population of 254 people
 - Vandalia had a post office and no railroad service
Swan   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Monroe
 - 1895 population of 419 people (with 73 people in 2018)
 - Swan 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 Monroe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Monroe 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 it should be mentioned 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 Monroe:

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 Jasper County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lucas County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Monroe:

  • 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 Monroe in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for Monroe for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Jasper County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Monroe. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5207, Longitude: -93.1018     [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:

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

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