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Our Genealogy Helper for Mount Vernon ...

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 Vernon (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 Vernon. 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 Vernon ...

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 Vernon.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Vernon: Mt. Vernon

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 Vernon is located in Linn County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Linn County: Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Delaware, Iowa, Johnson & Jones.

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

Linn     (The home county for Mount Vernon)
  Lisbon   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Bertram   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ely   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Springville   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Squaw Creek Village   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Viola   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lincolnway Village   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hiawatha   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sunset Village   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cedar Hills   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grand View Village   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Walford   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Atkins   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Norway   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Newhall   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Urbana   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vinton   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Garrison   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Quasqueton   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rowley   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brandon   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Downey   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lost Nation   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Calamus   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elwood   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grand Mound   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ryan   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hopkinton   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Robinson   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Delaware   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Earlville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Masonville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cascade   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fillmore   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bernard   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Amana   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Homestead   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Middle Amana   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ladora   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Canton   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buckhorn   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Crab Town   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ironhills   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Maquoketa   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Solon   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Coralville   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Hills   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Windham   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Martelle   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Morley   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Olin   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Amber   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Center Junction   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Langworthy   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Onslow   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Liberty   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dixon   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Walcott   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Maysville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mount Vernon ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbe Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Lisbon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. John Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Ivanhoe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Andre Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Moore - Skillman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW St. Peter & Pauls Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Sutliff Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Linn Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Rogers Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Facklers Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Pioneer Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Piper - Kohl Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Paralta Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Achey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crabapple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Norwich Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Isdore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Springville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Buresh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Truhlar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Bridgets Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baker Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mount Vernon ...

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 166 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Vernon.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mount Vernon. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mount Vernon and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mount Vernon.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km] of Mount Vernon.

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 Vernon had a population of 1,259 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Mount Vernon had a population of 4,454 people.

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

Lisbon   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 1,079 people (with 2,247 people in 2018)
 - Lisbon had a post office and railroad service
Bertram   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 156 people (with 293 people in 2018)
 - Bertram had a post office and railroad service
Martelle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 104 people (with 250 people in 2018)
 - Martelle had a post office and railroad service
Paralta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Paralta had a post office and railroad service
Ely   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 180 people (with 2,303 people in 2018)
 - Ely had a post office and railroad service
Solon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 353 people (with 2,680 people in 2018)
 - Solon had a post office and railroad service
Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 612 people (with 1,133 people in 2018)
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and railroad service
Springville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Mount Vernon
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 1,139 people in 2018)
 - Springville 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 Vernon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Vernon 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 - 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 Vernon:

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 Linn County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Clinton County:     Cyndi's



Delaware County:     Cyndi's



Dubuque County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Vernon:

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

1915-1916 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Mount Vernon

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Linn County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mount Vernon:

The official website for Linn 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Mount Vernon) 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 Vernon. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mount Vernon

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Vernon. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9230, Longitude: -91.4244     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Vernon 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 Vernon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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