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Montezuma, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Montezuma ...

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 Montezuma (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 Montezuma. 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 and hospitals 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.

Montezuma is located in Poweshiek County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Poweshiek County: Benton, Iowa, Jasper, Keokuk, Mahaska, Marshall & Tama.

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

Poweshiek     (The home county for Montezuma)
  Deep River   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Malcom   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Searsboro   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grinnell   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hartwick   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Irving   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Norway   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Newhall   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Walford   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Victor   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ladora   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  North English   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Middle Amana   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Homestead   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Amana   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lynnville   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sully   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Oakland Acres   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Killduff   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kellogg   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Galesburg   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Reasnor   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Newton   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Metz   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Linby   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Amish   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Windham   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Thornburg   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  What Cheer   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Delta   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sigourney   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  South English   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hayesville   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kinross   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hedrick   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Barnes City   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Union Mills   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Indianapolis   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Peoria   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rose Hill   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Keomah Village   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Evans   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pella   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Otley   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Attica   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tama   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Toledo   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montour   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Vining   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elberon   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clutier   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Competine   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ottumwa   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Montezuma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Montezuma.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Jackson Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Masonic and IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Beason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lisor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Mt. Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sheley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lytle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Tilford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barnes City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  W West Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mill Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Deep River Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Upper Blue Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lower Blue Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Searsboro IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Ivy Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Highland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SSW Union Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dresden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Sharon Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mormon Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Guernsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cemetery Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Montezuma ...

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 151 newspapers that have been published in the area around Montezuma.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Montezuma. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Montezuma and those printed in the larger area surrounding Montezuma.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 33 miles [53.1 km] of Montezuma.

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Montezuma had a population of 1,062 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Montezuma had a population of 1,412 people.

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

Barnes City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Montezuma
 - Barnes City had a post office and railroad service
Ewart   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Montezuma
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Ewart had a post office and railroad service
Deep River   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Montezuma
 - 1895 population of 291 people (with 270 people in 2018)
 - Deep River had a post office and railroad service
Malcom   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Montezuma
 - 1895 population of 372 people (with 272 people in 2018)
 - Malcom had a post office and railroad service
Union Mills   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Montezuma
 - Union Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Searsboro   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Montezuma
 - 1895 population of 153 people (with 146 people in 2018)
 - Searsboro had a post office and railroad service
New Sharon   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Montezuma
 - 1895 population of 1,026 people (with 1,284 people in 2018)
 - New Sharon had a post office and railroad service
Tilton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Montezuma
 - Tilton had a post office and railroad service
Guernsey   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Montezuma
 - Guernsey had a post office and railroad service
Brooklyn   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Montezuma
 - 1895 population of 1,202 people (with 1,401 people in 2018)
 - Brooklyn 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 Montezuma. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Montezuma 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 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 Montezuma:

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 Poweshiek County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Montezuma:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Poweshiek County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Montezuma. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Montezuma) 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 Montezuma. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Montezuma

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montezuma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5834, Longitude: -92.5274     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Montezuma have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>IOOF is an abbreviation for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. See their website at: Independent Order of Odd Fellows website.

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<3>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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<4>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 Montezuma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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