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Our Genealogy Helper for Mount Union ...

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 Union (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 Union. 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 Union ...

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 Union.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Union: Mt. Union

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 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 Union is located in Henry County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Henry County: Des Moines, Jefferson, Lee, Louisa, Van Buren & Washington.

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

Henry     (The home county for Mount Union)
  Winfield   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Swedesburg   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Olds   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  New London   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Westwood   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rome   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Salem   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Downey   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Des Moines
  Yarmouth   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mediapolis   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Danville   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  West Burlington   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Linby   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lone Tree   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hills   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Amish   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Richland   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Keota   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ollie   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Harper   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Houghton   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  White Lane - Historic   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  West Point   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mount Hamill   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sawyer   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wever   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Big Mound   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Donnellson   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Morning Sun   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Wapello   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Elrick Junction   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Letts   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Midway Beach   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Van Buren
  Stockport   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Keosauqua   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Douds   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Leando   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Hancock (IL)
  Niota (IL)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dallas City (IL)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Colusa (IL)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Adrian (IL)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  La Harpe (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Gulf Port (IL)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Oquawka (IL)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gladstone (IL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carman (IL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Biggsville (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lomax (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stronghurst (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Media (IL)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Raritan (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Mercer (IL)
  New Boston (IL)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Keithsburg (IL)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Joy (IL)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Seaton (IL)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Aledo (IL)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burgess (IL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shale City (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Rock Island (IL)
  Buffalo Prairie (IL)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Illinois City (IL)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Warren (IL)
  Little York (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kirkwood (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Smithshire (IL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Monmouth (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mount Union ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Winfield Scott Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Millersburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hochreider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Virginia Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tallman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Ebeneezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ferrel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morning Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Burge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shinar Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gallaher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Welsh Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Linn Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cairo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swedesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Covenanter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beauchamp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Griswold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Slaughter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW North Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Alphonsus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Farlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Buffington Cemetery   [Map]     
  N May Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Traxler Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Mount Union ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Union.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mount Union, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mount Union.

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 Union had a population of 49 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Mount Union had a population of 107 people.

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

Marsh   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Union
 - Marsh had a post office and railroad service
Yarmouth   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Union
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Yarmouth had a post office and railroad service
Winfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Union
 - 1895 population of 461 people (with 1,096 people in 2018)
 - Winfield had a post office and railroad service
Roscoe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Union
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Roscoe had a post office and railroad service
Morning Sun   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mount Union
 - 1895 population of 881 people (with 810 people in 2018)
 - Morning Sun had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Union
 - 1895 population of 106 people
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Swedesburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mount Union
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Swedesburg had a post office and no railroad service
New London   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Mount Union
 - 1895 population of 580 people (with 1,846 people in 2018)
 - New London 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 Union. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Union 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 - 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 Union:

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 Henry County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine 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 Henry County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Henry 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 Union ...

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

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 Union:

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

We have found Mount Union in these Censuses: 2010-1960. See our Census Page for Mount Union for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Henry County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Henry 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mount Union) 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 Union. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mount Union

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Union. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0578, Longitude: -91.3910     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Union 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 Union, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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