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Our Genealogy Helper for Montour ...

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 Montour (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 Montour. 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.

Montour is located in Tama County.

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

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

Tama     (The home county for Montour)
  Toledo   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Tama   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gladbrook   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Vining   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clutier   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Buckingham   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Traer   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elberon   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dysart   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Irving   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Garrison   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Vinton   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Auburn   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Newhall   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Black Hawk
  Blessing   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Voorhies   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hudson   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  La Porte City   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cedar Falls   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gilbertville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Evansdale   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Hartford   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Beaman   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Conrad   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Reinbeck   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morrison   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Grundy Center   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Holland   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dike   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wellsburg   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fern   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Buck Grove   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stout   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whitten   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Union   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gifford   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Providence   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eldora   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Steamboat Rock   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cleves   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Owasa   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eagle City   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Victor   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ladora   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Oakland Acres   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Kellogg   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Newton   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Killduff   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lynnville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sully   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ira   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Metz   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Barnes City   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Peoria   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Union Mills   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Otley   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pella   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Albion   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Liscomb   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  State Center   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mitchellville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grinnell   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Malcom   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hartwick   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Searsboro   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Collins   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Colo   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Zearing   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fernald   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McCallsburg   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Montour ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Montour.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Butlerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Murty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Stavanger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Strand Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mesquakie Indian Burial Grounds   [Map]     
  E West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Le Grand Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Trinity Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Joseph's German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Croskrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rock Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Korns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rock Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rock Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Prairie View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Iowa River Brethren Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Wallin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Oakhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Garwin Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Chester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walz Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Conant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Green Mtn. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Timber Creek Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Montour ...

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 214 newspapers that have been published in the area around Montour.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Montour. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Montour and those printed in the larger area surrounding Montour.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 35 miles [56.3 km] of Montour.

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 Montour had a population of 409 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Montour had a population of 244 people.

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

Potter   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Montour
 - Potter had a post office and railroad service
Le Grand   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Montour
 - 1895 population of 372 people (with 929 people in 2018)
 - Le Grand had a post office and railroad service
Dunbar   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Montour
 - Dunbar had a post office and railroad service
Pickering   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Montour
 - Pickering had railroad service and no post office
Quarry   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Montour
 - 1895 population of 244 people
 - Quarry had a post office and railroad service
Dillon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Montour
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Dillon had a post office and railroad service
Toledo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Montour
 - 1895 population of 1,836 people (with 2,141 people in 2018)
 - Toledo had a post office and railroad service
Gilman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Montour
 - 1895 population of 473 people (with 493 people in 2018)
 - Gilman 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 Montour. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Montour in the 1890's.

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 professional and volunteer 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 Montour:

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 Tama County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Black Hawk County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Grundy County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Montour:

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

1915-1916 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Montour

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Tama County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tama County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montour. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9803, Longitude: -92.7150     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Montour 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 Montour, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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