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Moravia, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Moravia ...

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 Moravia (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 Moravia. 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.

Moravia is located in Appanoose County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Appanoose County: Davis, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne, Putnam (MO) & Schuyler (MO).

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

Appanoose     (The home county for Moravia)
  Rathbun   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Udell   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Unionville   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Walnut City   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mystic   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brazil   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Orleans   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Plano   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Exline   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Numa   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cincinnati   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Paris   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  West Grove   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Drakesville   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Floris   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Linby   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hedrick   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Delta   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hayesville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Russell   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Derby   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lucas   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lakonta   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cedar   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beacon   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Evans   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wright   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  University Park   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Keomah Village   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rose Hill   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Attica   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Albia   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
Van Buren
  Selma   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Douds   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Leando   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blakesburg   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ottumwa   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Cliffland   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Agency   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Eldon   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Competine   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Confidence   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Promise City   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Millerton   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Corydon   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Allerton   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Humeston   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clio   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Putnam (MO)
  Pearl City (MO)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Livonia (MO)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Unionville (MO)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Worthington (MO)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Powersville (MO)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lucerne (MO)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Schuyler (MO)
  Coatsville (MO)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Glenwood (MO)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lancaster (MO)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Queen City (MO)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Downing (MO)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Greentop (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Sullivan (MO)
  Pollock (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Moravia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Moravia.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Morans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moravia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Fleenor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Denny Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sales Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Knapp Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Enix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Brethren Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Piper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eslinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Inghram Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Clancy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trussell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Iconium Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bohm Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shaeffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forbush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Unionville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McAllister Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Derby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brandon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Elgin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Perjue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Albany Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Babb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Highland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Abegg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blakesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kipnart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Moravia ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Moravia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Moravia. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Moravia and those printed in the larger area surrounding Moravia.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km] of Moravia.

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 Moravia had a population of 311 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Moravia had a population of 640 people.

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

Maine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Moravia
 - Maine had railroad service and no post office
Foster   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Moravia
 - Foster had a post office and railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Moravia
 - Brompton had railroad service and no post office
Selection   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Moravia
 - Selection had a post office and railroad service
Iconium   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Moravia
 - 1895 population of 111 people
 - Iconium had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Moravia
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Walnut City had a post office and no railroad service
Udell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Moravia
 - Udell had railroad service and no post office
Unionville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Moravia
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 95 people in 2018)
 - Unionville had a post office and railroad service
Forbush   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Moravia
 - Forbush had a post office and no railroad service

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

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 Appanoose County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Davis County:     Cyndi's



Decatur County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lucas County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County (MO):     Cyndi's



Schuyler County (MO):     Cyndi's



Sullivan County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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 Moravia ...

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

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 Moravia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Iowa

About Appanoose County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Moravia:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Moravia) 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 Moravia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Moravia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moravia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8911, Longitude: -92.8159     [Map].

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

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