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Our Genealogy Helper for Mount Joy ...

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 Joy (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 Joy. 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 Joy ...

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 Joy.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Joy: Mt. Joy

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 Joy is located in Scott County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Scott County: Cedar, Clinton, Muscatine & Rock Island (IL).

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

Scott     (The home county for Mount Joy)
  Eldridge   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Davenport   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Long Grove   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Park View   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Bettendorf   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Donahue   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Panorama Park   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Riverdale   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Maysville   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Le Claire   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Durant   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lowden   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  De Witt   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Folletts   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Grand Mound   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Shaffton   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Low Moor   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Calamus   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Camanche   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  North Welton   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Welton   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Elvira   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Charlotte   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Maquoketa   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Preston   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buckhorn   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Spragueville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Miles   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Van Buren   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Andrew   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ironhills   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sabula   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Springbrook   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oxford Mills   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Olin   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Letts   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Midway Beach   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bureau (IL)
  Yorktown (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Carroll (IL)
  Thomson (IL)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Argo Fay (IL)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ayers (IL)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ideal (IL)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fair Haven (IL)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Savanna (IL)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wacker (IL)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Henry (IL)
  Cleveland (IL)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Colona (IL)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Green Rock (IL)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dayton (IL)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hickory Hills (IL)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Orion (IL)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Osco (IL)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Geneseo (IL)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lynn Center (IL)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ophiem (IL)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Andover (IL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cambridge (IL)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Knox (IL)
  Rio (IL)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Altona (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mercer (IL)
  Preemption (IL)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sherrard (IL)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Matherville (IL)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Shale City (IL)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gilchrist (IL)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Viola (IL)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Windsor (IL)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Windsor (IL)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Aledo (IL)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burgess (IL)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Joy (IL)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Rock Island (IL)
  Moline (IL)   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Rock Island (IL)   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  East Moline (IL)   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hampton (IL)   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rapids City (IL)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Milan (IL)   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Silvis (IL)   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Port Byron (IL)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Barstow (IL)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Carbon Cliff (IL)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Coal Valley (IL)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cordova (IL)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
Warren (IL)
  Shanghai City (IL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Whiteside (IL)
  Albany (IL)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Newton Corners (IL)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Erie (IL)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fulton (IL)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fenton (IL)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Prophetstown (IL)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lyndon (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morrison (IL)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Tampico (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mount Joy ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Eldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davenport Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kay Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Oakdale Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Long Grove Christian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Holy Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rock Island Confederate Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E LeClaire Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linn Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Tri-City Jewish Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rock Island National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fenno Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Anns Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Fairmont Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maysville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW O'Toole Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Kisenmacher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friday Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chippiannock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  S William Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hampton Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Rock River View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE State Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Jacks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fessler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allens Grove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Mount Joy ...

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 180 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Joy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mount Joy, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mount Joy.

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 Joy had a population of 93 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Eldridge   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 99 people (with 6,813 people in 2018)
 - Eldridge had a post office and railroad service
Davenport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 26,872 people (with 102,085 people in 2018)
 - Davenport had a post office and railroad service
Long Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 88 people (with 868 people in 2018)
 - Long Grove had a post office and railroad service
Moline (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 12,000 people (with 41,902 people in 2018)
 - Moline had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 217 people
 - Pleasant Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Donahue   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 367 people in 2018)
 - Donahue had a post office and railroad service
Rock Island (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 13,634 people (with 37,678 people in 2018)
 - Rock Island had a post office and railroad service
Hampton (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Joy
 - 1895 population of 341 people (with 1,765 people in 2018)
 - Hampton 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 Joy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Joy 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 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 Mount Joy:

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 Scott County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Clinton County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Bureau County (IL):     Cyndi's



Carroll County (IL):     Cyndi's



Henry County (IL):     Cyndi's



Knox County (IL):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (IL):     Cyndi's



Rock Island County (IL):     Cyndi's



Warren County (IL):     Cyndi's



Whiteside County (IL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Joy:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Iowa

About Scott County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Scott 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Mount Joy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Joy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6150, Longitude: -90.5657     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Joy 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 Joy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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