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Our Genealogy Helper for Morning Sun ...

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 Morning Sun (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 Morning Sun. 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.

Morning Sun is located in Louisa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Louisa County: Des Moines, Henry, Johnson, Muscatine, Washington, Mercer (IL) & Rock Island (IL).

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

Louisa     (The home county for Morning Sun)
  Elrick Junction   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Wapello   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Letts   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Downey   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Durant   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Des Moines
  Yarmouth   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Mediapolis   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Danville   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  West Burlington   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Union   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  New London   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Olds   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Westwood   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rome   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Salem   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lone Tree   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hills   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Richland   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wever   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sawyer   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  West Point   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Houghton   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  White Lane - Historic   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mount Hamill   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fort Madison   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Big Mound   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Midway Beach   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blue Grass   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Van Buren
  Stockport   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hancock (IL)
  Dallas City (IL)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Niota (IL)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Colusa (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  La Harpe (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Adrian (IL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Oquawka (IL)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gulf Port (IL)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gladstone (IL)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Biggsville (IL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carman (IL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stronghurst (IL)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lomax (IL)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Media (IL)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Raritan (IL)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Mercer (IL)
  New Boston (IL)   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Keithsburg (IL)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Joy (IL)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Seaton (IL)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Aledo (IL)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Burgess (IL)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Shale City (IL)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gilchrist (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Matherville (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Viola (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Alexis (IL)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Preemption (IL)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Rock Island (IL)
  Buffalo Prairie (IL)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Illinois City (IL)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Reynolds (IL)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Andalusia (IL)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Taylor Ridge (IL)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Warren (IL)
  Little York (IL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kirkwood (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Smithshire (IL)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gerlaw (IL)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Monmouth (IL)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shanghai City (IL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Roseville (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cameron (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Morning Sun ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Morning Sun.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Hazel Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Virginia Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Welsh Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Linn Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Covenanter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Northfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Potter's Timber Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Griswold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wapello Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cairo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shinar Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gallaher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kossuth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Round Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Slaughter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Long Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Millersburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mallory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Winfield Scott Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hukill Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Parson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Louisa County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bretz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spring Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hochreider Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Morning Sun ...

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 118 newspapers that have been published in the area around Morning Sun.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Morning Sun. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Morning Sun and those printed in the larger area surrounding Morning Sun.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 31 miles [49.9 km] of Morning Sun.

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 Morning Sun had a population of 881 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Morning Sun had a population of 810 people.

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

Newport   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Morning Sun
 - Newport had a post office and railroad service
Roscoe   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Roscoe had a post office and railroad service
Yarmouth   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Yarmouth had a post office and railroad service
Marsh   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Morning Sun
 - Marsh had a post office and railroad service
Wapello   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 1,009 people (with 2,026 people in 2018)
 - Wapello had a post office and railroad service
Mount Union   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 107 people in 2017)
 - Mount Union had a post office and railroad service
Mediapolis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 489 people (with 1,529 people in 2018)
 - Mediapolis had a post office and railroad service
Northfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Northfield had a post office and no railroad service
Cairo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Cairo had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Morning Sun
 - 1895 population of 106 people
 - Pleasant Grove 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 Morning Sun. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Morning Sun 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 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 Morning Sun:

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 Louisa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County (IL):     Cyndi's



Henderson County (IL):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (IL):     Cyndi's



Rock Island County (IL):     Cyndi's



Warren County (IL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Morning Sun:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Louisa County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morning Sun. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0941, Longitude: -91.2508     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Morning Sun 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 Morning Sun, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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