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Our Genealogy Helper for Monticello ...

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 Monticello (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 Monticello. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Monticello is located in Jones County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jones County: Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson & Linn.

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

  DirDistance
Jones     (The home county for Monticello)
  Langworthy   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Amber   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Center Junction   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Onslow   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Morley   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Olin   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Martelle   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oxford Mills   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Benton
  Urbana   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Atkins   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Buchanan
  Quasqueton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rowley   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Independence   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cedar
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lowden   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Clayton
  Edgewood   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wood   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Millville   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  North Buena Vista   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Osterdock   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elkport   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Garber   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Strawberry Point   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Littleport   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Guttenberg   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mederville   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clinton
  Lost Nation   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Elwood   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Delmar   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Calamus   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  North Welton   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Welton   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grand Mound   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Delaware
  Hopkinton   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Earlville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ryan   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Delaware   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Robinson   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Greeley   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Holy Cross   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Masonville   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Colesburg   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Dubuque
  Cascade   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fillmore   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dyersville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Summit Village Dyersville Park   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Farley   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bernard   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Epworth   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  New Vienna   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Peosta   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Centralia   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Graf   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Jackson
  Canton   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Crab Town   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ironhills   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Buckhorn   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  La Motte   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Maquoketa   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Andrew   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Donatus   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Springbrook   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bellevue   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Spragueville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Johnson
  Solon   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Linn
  Prairieburg   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Viola   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Central City   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Coggon   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Springville   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Squaw Creek Village   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Alburnett   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Marion   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Troy Mills   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Robins   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Scott
  New Liberty   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dixon   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jo Daviess (IL)
  East Dubuque (IL)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Menominee (IL)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Aiken (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Galena (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Grant (WI)
  Cassville (WI)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sinnipee (WI) - Historic   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cassville (WI)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jamestown (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Waterloo (WI)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Potosi (WI)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Potosi (WI)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dickeyville (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Paris (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tennyson (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Monticello ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Monticello.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE St. Johns Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE East Monticello Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Langworthy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wayne Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kiburz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zimmerman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bowens Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Four Horn Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Amber Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Castle Grove Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Prairie Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cass Congregational Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Midland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Edinburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scotch Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Livingston Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Castle Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Hopkinton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Grove Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Willard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Fremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnson Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cascade Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Martins Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Reform Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Boot Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hazel Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE North Madison Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Peters Temple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Buck Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Monticello ...

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 123 newspapers that have been published in the area around Monticello.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 Monticello had a population of 1,938 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Monticello had a population of 3,885 people.

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

Langworthy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Monticello
 - 1895 population of 93 people
 - Langworthy had a post office and railroad service
 
Junction Switch   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Monticello
 - Junction Switch had railroad service and no post office
 
Scotch Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Monticello
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Scotch Grove had a post office and railroad service
 
Sand Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Monticello
 - 1895 population of 213 people
 - Sand Springs had a post office and railroad service
 
Amber   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Monticello
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Amber had a post office and railroad service
 
Castle Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Monticello
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Castle Grove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hopkinton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Monticello
 - 1895 population of 668 people (with 596 people in 2018)
 - Hopkinton had a post office and railroad service
 
Argand   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Monticello
 - Argand had a post office and no railroad service
 
Anamosa   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Monticello
 - 1895 population of 2,078 people (with 5,507 people in 2018)
 - Anamosa 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 Monticello. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Monticello in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 Monticello:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

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 Jones County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Buchanan County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cedar County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clayton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clinton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Delaware County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dubuque County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jackson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Johnson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Linn County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Scott County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jo Daviess County (IL):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Grant County (WI):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Jones County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Jones 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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Illinois
      Wisconsin

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Monticello ...

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

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 Monticello:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Jones County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Monticello: www.ci.monticello.ia.us/

The official website for Jones County: www.co.jones.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

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- Monticello) 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 Monticello. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Monticello

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Monticello. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2304, Longitude: -91.1837     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Monticello 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: findagrave.com.

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

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