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Our Genealogy Helper for Mount Ayr ...

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 Mount Ayr (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 Mount Ayr. 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.

Name Variations for Mount Ayr ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mount Ayr.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Ayr: Mt. Ayr

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Mount Ayr is located in Ringgold County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ringgold County: Decatur, Taylor, Union, Harrison (MO) & Worth (MO).

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

Ringgold     (The home county for Mount Ayr)
  Delphos   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Benton   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Diagonal   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Kellerton   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Tingley   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Knowlton - Historic   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Maloy   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Redding   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Beaconsfield   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ellston   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Zion   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Orient   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stringtown   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mercer   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Prescott   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Queen City - Historic   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Corning   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brooks   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Carl   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Quincy   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nodaway   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Etna   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Green Bay - Historic   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Murray   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Osceola   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Woodburn   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grand River   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lamoni   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Decatur City   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Davis City   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Leon   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Van Wert   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Weldon   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Garden Grove   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Barney   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Macksburg   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Truro   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clearfield   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Blockton   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Athelstan   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Lenox   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Conway   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sharpsburg   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bedford   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gravity   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Market   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Siam   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shannon City   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Arispe   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kent   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Afton   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Creston   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lorimor   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lineville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Humeston   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gentry (MO)
  Siloam Springs (MO)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Gentry (MO)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Albany (MO)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Darlington (MO)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stanberry (MO)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gentryville (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harrison (MO)
  Hatfield (MO)   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Eagleville (MO)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Blythedale (MO)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Martinsville (MO)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ridgeway (MO)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cainsville (MO)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Hampton (MO)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bethany (MO)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Moriah (MO)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Mercer (MO)
  South Lineville (MO)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mercer (MO)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Princeton (MO)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Nodaway (MO)
  Parnell (MO)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hopkins (MO)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ravenwood (MO)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pickering (MO)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clyde (MO)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Conception Junction (MO)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Conception (MO)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Worth (MO)
  Irena (MO)   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Allendale (MO)   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grant City (MO)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Prohibition City (MO)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Denver (MO)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sheridan (MO)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Worth (MO)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Oxford (MO)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mount Ayr ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Ayr.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marshalltown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tedrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Merritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dead Man's Curve Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Benton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Shaha Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Diagonal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Middle Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ringgold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bear Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Centenary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Keller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cabaret Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Platte River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Redding Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Eugene Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maple Row Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ellston Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Tingley Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mount Ayr ...

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 163 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Ayr.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mount Ayr. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mount Ayr and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mount Ayr.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 36 miles [57.9 km] of Mount Ayr.

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 Mount Ayr had a population of 1,265 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Mount Ayr had a population of 1,643 people.

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

Delphos   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Ayr
 - Delphos had a post office and railroad service
Benton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Mount Ayr
 - Benton had a post office and railroad service
Caledonia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Caledonia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mount Ayr
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Caledonia had a post office and no railroad service
Diagonal   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mount Ayr
 - Diagonal had a post office and railroad service
Maloy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Ayr
 - Maloy had a post office and railroad service
Ringgold - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ringgold was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mount Ayr
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
Kellerton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Mount Ayr
 - 1895 population of 277 people (with 301 people in 2018)
 - Kellerton had a post office and railroad service
Knowlton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Knowlton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Ayr
 - Knowlton had a post office and railroad service
Tingley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Ayr
 - 1895 population of 295 people (with 176 people in 2018)
 - Tingley had a post office and railroad service
Redding   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Ayr
 - 1895 population of 214 people (with 79 people in 2018)
 - Redding 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 Mount Ayr. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Ayr 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 helpful 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 Mount Ayr:

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 Ringgold County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adair County:     Cyndi's



Adams County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Decatur County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Taylor County:     Cyndi's



Union County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Gentry County (MO):     Cyndi's



Harrison County (MO):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (MO):     Cyndi's



Nodaway County (MO):     Cyndi's



Worth County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Ringgold 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 Mount Ayr ...

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

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 Mount Ayr:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Ringgold County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Ayr. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7142, Longitude: -94.2380     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Ayr 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 Mount Ayr, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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