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Our Genealogy Helper for Montrose ...

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

Montrose is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Des Moines, Henry, Van Buren, Hancock (IL), Henderson (IL) & Clark (MO).

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

Lee     (The home county for Montrose)
  Galland   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Sandusky   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Jeffersonville - Historic   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  New Boston   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Argyle   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Fort Madison   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Keokuk   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Vincennes   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Donnellson   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sawyer   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Des Moines
  Patterson   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Danville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  West Burlington   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Yarmouth   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mediapolis   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Salem   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New London   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Westwood   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rome   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mount Union   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Morning Sun   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Van Buren
  Farmington   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Keosauqua   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stockport   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cantril   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Milton   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Adams (IL)
  Lima (IL)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Loraine (IL)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Marcelline (IL)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mendon (IL)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ursa (IL)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  La Prairie (IL)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Golden (IL)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coatsburg (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fowler (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Paloma (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ewbanks (IL)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Camp Point (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hancock (IL)
  Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Niota (IL)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hamilton (IL)   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Warsaw (IL)   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Elvaston (IL)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Adrian (IL)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Colusa (IL)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ferris (IL)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dallas City (IL)   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Burnside (IL)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Carthage (IL)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Lomax (IL)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Carman (IL)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Gulf Port (IL)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stronghurst (IL)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Raritan (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gladstone (IL)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Media (IL)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Biggsville (IL)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oquawka (IL)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
McDonough (IL)
  Blandinsville (IL)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  VIshnu Springs (IL) - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Colmar (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tennessee (IL)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Colchester (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sciota (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  East Village (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Good Hope (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lamone Village (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Macomb (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  University Village (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Schuyler (IL)
  Huntsville (IL)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Warren (IL)
  Smithshire (IL)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clark (MO)
  Alexandria (MO)   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Wayland (MO)   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Revere (MO)   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clark City (MO)   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kahoka (MO)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Patrick (MO)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Neeper (MO)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Luray (MO)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wyaconda (MO)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Knox (MO)
  Rutledge (MO)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Knox City (MO)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lewis (MO)
  Canton (MO)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Williamstown (MO)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Monticello (MO)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  La Grange (MO)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  New Court Village (MO)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lewistown (MO)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  La Belle (MO)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ewing (MO)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Durham (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Maywood (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (MO)
  Taylor (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Scotland (MO)
  Granger (MO)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arbela (MO)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gorin (MO)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  South Gorin (MO)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Memphis (MO)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Montrose ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Montrose.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW St. Barnabas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Indian Princess Grave   [Map]     
  NNW Montrose Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Boyd & Peevler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dundey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW F Simonin Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Galland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Colvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Nauvoo Old Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sandusky Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ambrosia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Sandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hickory Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sterns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rudd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Boston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Half Breed Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW South Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Argyle Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Viele Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Thornber Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Charleston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sand Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW The Yellow Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Little Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oiler Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Turner Plot Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Keokuk National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Everhardt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Appanoose Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ft. Madison City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sand Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wolf Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Buena Vista Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whorton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Graner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hoffmeister Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Iowa State Prison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Box Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cherry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hyde Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gethsemans Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Slack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burton Farm Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE John Box Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Donnell Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Montrose ...

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 112 newspapers that have been published in the area around Montrose.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 Montrose had a population of 778 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Montrose had a population of 800 people.

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

Mount Clare   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Montrose
 - Mount Clare had a post office and railroad service
Galland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Montrose
 - Galland had a post office and no railroad service
Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Montrose
 - 1895 population of 1,208 people (with 1,065 people in 2018)
 - Nauvoo had a post office and no railroad service
Sonora (IL) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sonora was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Montrose
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Sonora had a post office and no railroad service
Summitville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Montrose
 - Summitville had a post office and railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Montrose
 - 1895 population of 235 people
 - Sandusky had a post office and railroad service
Mooar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Montrose
 - Mooar had a post office and railroad service
New Boston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Montrose
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - New Boston had a post office and railroad service
Bullard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Montrose
 - Bullard had railroad service and no post office

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Montrose:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Adams County (IL):     Cyndi's



Hancock County (IL):     Cyndi's



Henderson County (IL):     Cyndi's



McDonough County (IL):     Cyndi's



Schuyler County (IL):     Cyndi's



Warren County (IL):     Cyndi's



Clark County (MO):     Cyndi's



Knox County (MO):     Cyndi's



Lewis County (MO):     Cyndi's



Marion County (MO):     Cyndi's



Scotland County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Montrose ...

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

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 Montrose:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Lee County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lee 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Montrose) 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 Montrose. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Montrose

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montrose. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5261, Longitude: -91.4164     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Montrose 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 Montrose, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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