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Our Genealogy Helper for Morrison ...

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 Morrison (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 Morrison. 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.

Morrison is located in Grundy County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Grundy County: Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Hardin, Marshall & Tama.

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

Grundy     (The home county for Morrison)
  Reinbeck   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Grundy Center   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Holland   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dike   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Fern   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Beaman   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stout   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Conrad   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Buck Grove   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wellsburg   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mount Auburn   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Garrison   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Irving   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vinton   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Urbana   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Black Hawk
  Voorhies   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Blessing   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hudson   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cedar Falls   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar City   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  North Cedar   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Finchford   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Evansdale   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elk Run Heights   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Gilbertville   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  La Porte City   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Janesville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Denver   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bremer   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Readlyn   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Plainfield   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tripoli   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jesup   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brandon   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fairbank   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Hartford   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Aplington   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Austinville   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shell Rock   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kesley   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Allison   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clarksville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bristow   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dumont   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Aredale   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Greene   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oran   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hansell   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hampton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Whitten   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Steamboat Rock   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cleves   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eldora   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gifford   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Union   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ackley   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Robertson   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Eagle City   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Providence   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Owasa   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Liscomb   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Albion   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  State Center   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Zearing   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McCallsburg   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Colo   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Gladbrook   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Buckingham   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Traer   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clutier   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dysart   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Toledo   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montour   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tama   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Vining   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Morrison ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Morrison.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Washington Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Reinbeck City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Grant Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Lincoln Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weiss Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Lincoln Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lincoln Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Palermo Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grundy Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Dinsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Colfax Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Alice Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Badger Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beaver Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gethman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairfield Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beaver Grove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Morrison ...

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 136 newspapers that have been published in the area around Morrison.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Morrison, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Morrison.

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 Morrison had a population of 165 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Morrison had a population of 92 people.

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

Reinbeck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Morrison
 - 1895 population of 731 people (with 1,637 people in 2018)
 - Reinbeck had a post office and railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Morrison
 - Lincoln had a post office and no railroad service
Grundy Center   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Morrison
 - 1895 population of 1,161 people (with 2,682 people in 2018)
 - Grundy Center had a post office and railroad service
Holland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Morrison
 - 1895 population of 268 people (with 271 people in 2018)
 - Holland had a post office and railroad service
Dinsdale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Morrison
 - Dinsdale had a post office and railroad service
Dairyville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Morrison
 - Dairyville had a post office and no railroad service
Fredsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Morrison
 - Fredsville had a post office and no railroad service
Swanton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Morrison
 - Swanton had a post office and no railroad service
Beaman   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Morrison
 - 1895 population of 262 people (with 187 people in 2018)
 - Beaman 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 Morrison. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Morrison in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Morrison:

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 Grundy County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Black Hawk County:     Cyndi's



Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Grundy 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Morrison ...

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

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 Morrison:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Grundy County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Morrison. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Morrison) 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 Morrison. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Morrison

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morrison. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3431, Longitude: -92.6730     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Morrison 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 Morrison, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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