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Moorhead, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Moorhead ...

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 Moorhead (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 Moorhead. 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Moorhead is located in Monona County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monona County: Crawford, Harrison, Woodbury, Burt (NE) & Thurston (NE).

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

Monona     (The home county for Moorhead)
  Soldier   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Turin   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Castana   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ute   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Blencoe   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Onawa   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mapleton   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rodney   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Whiting   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Manning   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Charter Oak   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dow City   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Ricketts   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Arion   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Buck Grove   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Sunset Village   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Denison   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Schleswig   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Deloit   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Manilla   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kiron   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Vail   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aspinwall   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Little Sioux   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dunlap   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Woodbine   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mondamin   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Logan   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Modale   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Missouri Valley   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  California Junction   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Persia   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Battle Creek   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ida Grove   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Loveland   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Honey Creek   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Neola   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Minden   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Crescent   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Underwood   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Odebolt   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Panama   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Earling   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Portsmouth   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Defiance   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Westphalia   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tennant   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kirkman   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harlan   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Irwin   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Corley   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Smithland   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Danbury   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oto   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hornick   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sloan   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Climbing Hill   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Anthon   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Salix   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Correctionville   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bronson   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Burt (NE)
  Tekamah (NE)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Decatur (NE)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bertha (NE)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Craig (NE)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lyons (NE)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oakland (NE)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Cuming (NE)
  Bancroft (NE)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Dodge (NE)
  Telbasta (NE)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Uehling (NE)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fontanelle (NE)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Winslow (NE)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Thurston (NE)
  Macy (NE)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rosalie (NE)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Walthill (NE)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Winnebago (NE)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (NE)
  Herman (NE)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Blair (NE)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  De Soto (NE) - Historic   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fort Calhoun (NE)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kennard (NE)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Washington (NE)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Moorhead ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Moorhead.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Spring Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Preparation Canyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Soldier Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Belvidere Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Putman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bisbee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Cleveland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Fountainbleau Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Soldier Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kennebec Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Moorhead ...

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 211 newspapers that have been published in the area around Moorhead.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Moorhead. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Moorhead and those printed in the larger area surrounding Moorhead.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 41 miles [66 km] of Moorhead.

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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Moorhead had a population of 35 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Moorhead had a population of 205 people.

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

Soldier   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Moorhead
 - 1895 population of 52 people (with 165 people in 2018)
 - Soldier had a post office and no railroad service
Turin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Moorhead
 - Turin had a post office and railroad service
Castana   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Moorhead
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 134 people in 2018)
 - Castana had a post office and railroad service
Ute   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Moorhead
 - Ute had a post office and railroad service
Blencoe   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Moorhead
 - 1895 population of 39 people (with 197 people in 2018)
 - Blencoe had a post office and railroad service
River Sioux   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Moorhead
 - 1895 population of 129 people
 - River Sioux had a post office and railroad service
Little Sioux   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Moorhead
 - 1895 population of 400 people (with 162 people in 2018)
 - Little Sioux had a post office and no railroad service
Dunlap   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Moorhead
 - 1895 population of 1,088 people (with 976 people in 2018)
 - Dunlap 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 Moorhead. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Moorhead 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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Moorhead:

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 Monona County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carroll County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Harrison County:     Cyndi's



Ida County:     Cyndi's



Pottawattamie County:     Cyndi's



Sac County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Woodbury County:     Cyndi's



Burt County (NE):     Cyndi's



Cuming County (NE):     Cyndi's



Dodge County (NE):     Cyndi's



Thurston County (NE):     Cyndi's



Washington County (NE):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Moorhead:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Monona County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moorhead. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9244, Longitude: -95.8505     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moorhead have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Moorhead, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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