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Mount Zion, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Mount Zion ...

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 Zion (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 Zion. 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 Zion ...

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 Zion.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Zion: Mt. Zion

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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 Zion is located in Van Buren County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Van Buren County: Davis, Henry, Jefferson, Lee, Clark (MO) & Scotland (MO).

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

Van Buren     (The home county for Mount Zion)
  Keosauqua   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Birmingham   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Stockport   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Douds   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Leando   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Selma   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cantril   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Orleans   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Unionville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Floris   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Drakesville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  West Grove   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Paris   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Des Moines
  Danville   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Yarmouth   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Burlington   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Salem   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rome   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Westwood   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New London   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Olds   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Linby   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Richland   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ollie   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hedrick   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hayesville   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Keota   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Harper   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sigourney   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Big Mound   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  White Lane - Historic   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Houghton   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mount Hamill   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Primrose   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Donnellson   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  West Point   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eldon   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cliffland   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Agency   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Competine   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ottumwa   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blakesburg   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Washington   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hancock (IL)
  Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Niota (IL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hamilton (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Warsaw (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clark (MO)
  Luray (MO)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Revere (MO)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wyaconda (MO)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kahoka (MO)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clark City (MO)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Neeper (MO)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wayland (MO)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alexandria (MO)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Patrick (MO)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Knox (MO)
  Rutledge (MO)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Greensburg (MO)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Baring (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lewis (MO)
  Williamstown (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Schuyler (MO)
  Downing (MO)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lancaster (MO)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glenwood (MO)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coatsville (MO)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Scotland (MO)
  Arbela (MO)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Granger (MO)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Memphis (MO)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gorin (MO)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  South Gorin (MO)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mount Zion ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Forbes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Anson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Railroad Grave   [Map]     
  E Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kilbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Leech Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lippincott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pittsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Purdom Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Columbus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Topping Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Winchester Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tedrow Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Dodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bentonsport Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dibble Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trumbo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fordyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parkerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valentine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Boston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Methodist Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N United Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Prall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Robb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stone - Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ten Sych Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hoskins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Lexington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bonaparte Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Zion Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leando Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clinkenbeard Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW East Home Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Steele Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thomson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Farnum Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boyer Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wiley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wallingford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Mount Zion ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Zion.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mount Zion, 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 Mount Zion.

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 Zion had a population of 16 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Kilbourn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Kilbourn had a post office and railroad service
Keosauqua   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 831 people (with 906 people in 2018)
 - Keosauqua had a post office and railroad service
Pittsburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Pittsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Winchester   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 217 people
 - Winchester had a post office and no railroad service
Pierceville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 122 people
 - Pierceville had a post office and no railroad service
Utica   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Utica had a post office and no railroad service
Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 249 people
 - Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
Bentonsport   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 283 people
 - Bentonsport had a post office and railroad service
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 545 people (with 417 people in 2018)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
Stockport   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mount Zion
 - Stockport 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 Zion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Zion in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Zion:

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 Van Buren County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Appanoose County:     Cyndi's



Davis County:     Cyndi's



Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County (IL):     Cyndi's



Clark County (MO):     Cyndi's



Knox County (MO):     Cyndi's



Lewis County (MO):     Cyndi's



Schuyler County (MO):     Cyndi's



Scotland County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Van Buren 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 Zion ...

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

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 Zion:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Iowa

About Van Buren County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mount Zion. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mount Zion) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Zion. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7886, Longitude: -91.9338     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Zion 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 Zion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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