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Motor, Iowa
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Our Genealogy Helper for Motor ...

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 Motor (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 Motor. 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 hospitals 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.

Motor is located in Clayton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clayton County: Allamakee, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Winneshiek, Crawford (WI) & Grant (WI).

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

Clayton     (The home county for Motor)
  Littleport   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Elkader   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mederville   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Clayton Center   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Elkport   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Garber   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Garnavillo   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Saint Olaf   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Volga   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Farmersburg   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Wood   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Edgewood   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Postville   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Waukon   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lansing   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Stanley   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hazleton   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Quasqueton   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Independence   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fairbank   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rowley   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Colesburg   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Greeley   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Holy Cross   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Dundee   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Earlville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Delaware   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Masonville   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hopkinton   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Luxemburg   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  New Vienna   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Holy Cross   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dyersville   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Summit Village Dyersville Park   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Balltown   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Old Balltown   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rickardsville   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Farley   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sherrill   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wadena   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Brainard   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clermont   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  West Union   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Maynard   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Donnan   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Randalia   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Douglass   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oelwein   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coggon   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Prairieburg   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Troy Mills   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Castalia   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ossian   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Festina   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Calmar   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fort Atkinson   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Decorah   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jackson Junction   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Spillville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Crawford (WI)
  Bridgeport (WI)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wauzeka (WI)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wauzeka (WI)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boydtown (WI)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Steuben (WI)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Seneca (WI)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marietta (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ferryville (WI)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grant (WI)
  Bagley (WI)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wyalusing (WI)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wyalusing (WI)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Glen Haven (WI)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bloomington (WI)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Cassville (WI)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cassville (WI)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Patch Grove (WI)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Patch Grove (WI)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bloomington (WI)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beetown (WI)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Millville (WI)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Motor ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Motor.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Meenan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Communia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hartmann Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Blanchaine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Krumm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Schmidt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Eberhard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mederville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wolf Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Musfeldt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hartshey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eastside Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Meyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cords Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Garber Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clayton Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Colony Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dohrer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garnavillo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Erhardt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Mt. Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McClelland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hansel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stock School Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ceres Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elk Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Norway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Johanningmeier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weymouth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farmersburg - Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Sebald Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Noble Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Hamlett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Koenig Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Borcherding Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE National Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sacred Heart - Schoolhouse Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stone School Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Motor ...

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 134 newspapers that have been published in the area around Motor.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Motor, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Motor.

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>

While we didn't find Motor in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Motor.

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

Communia   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Communia had a post office and no railroad service
Littleport   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 26 people in 2000)
 - Littleport had a post office and railroad service
Osborne   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Osborne had a post office and railroad service
Mederville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Mederville had a post office and railroad service
Elkader   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 745 people (with 1,215 people in 2018)
 - Elkader had a post office and railroad service
Elkport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 258 people (with 36 people in 2018)
 - Elkport had a post office and railroad service
Garnavillo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 364 people (with 720 people in 2018)
 - Garnavillo had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Olaf   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Motor
 - 1895 population of 56 people (with 101 people in 2018)
 - Saint Olaf 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 Motor. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Motor 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 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 - 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 Motor:

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 Clayton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Allamakee County:     Cyndi's



Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Delaware County:     Cyndi's



Dubuque County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Winneshiek County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County (WI):     Cyndi's



Grant County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Clayton County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clayton 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- Motor) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Motor. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8069, Longitude: -91.3512     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Motor 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 Motor, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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