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Moville, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Moville ...

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 Moville (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 Moville. 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.

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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Moville is located in Woodbury County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Woodbury County: Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Dakota (NE), Thurston (NE) & Union (SD).

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

Woodbury     (The home county for Moville)
  Lawton   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Bronson   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pierson   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Climbing Hill   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Anthon   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Correctionville   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Holiday Village   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Regency of Sioux City   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sergeant Bluff   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Oto   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Salix   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sioux City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
Buena Vista
  Alta   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Washta   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Quimby   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Marcus   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cleghorn   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Meriden   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cherokee   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Aurelia   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Larrabee   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ricketts   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Charter Oak   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Schleswig   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Holstein   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Battle Creek   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ida Grove   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Galva   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rodney   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Whiting   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mapleton   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Castana   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Onawa   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Turin   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ute   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Soldier   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blencoe   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moorhead   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Paullina   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Calumet   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kingsley   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Merrill   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Le Mars   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oyens   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Remsen   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Adaville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brunsville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Struble   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Craig   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Westfield   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Akron   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Schaller   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Maurice   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alton   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Granville   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ireton   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Orange City   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McNally   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chatsworth   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sioux Center   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Burt (NE)
  Decatur (NE)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Dakota (NE)
  South Sioux City (NE)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dakota City (NE)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Homer (NE)   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jackson (NE)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hubbard (NE)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Willis (NE)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Emerson (NE)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Dixon (NE)
  Ponca (NE)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waterbury (NE)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Martinsburg (NE)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Allen (NE)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Thurston (NE)
  Winnebago (NE)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Macy (NE)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Walthill (NE)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rosalie (NE)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thurston (NE)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Perkins (SD)
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Union (SD)
  Dakota Dunes (SD)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McCook Lake (SD)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  North Sioux City (SD)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jefferson (SD)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Elk Point (SD)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Moville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Moville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Banner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Fairfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Wolf Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Church of the Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Floyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grange Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lucky Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elkhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Concordia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Eberly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Climbing Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Moville ...

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 272 newspapers that have been published in the area around Moville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Moville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Moville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Moville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 44 miles [70.8 km] of Moville.

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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Moville had a population of 295 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Moville had a population of 1,610 people.

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

Kingsley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Moville
 - 1895 population of 649 people (with 1,401 people in 2018)
 - Kingsley had a post office and railroad service
Lucky Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lucky Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Moville
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Lucky Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Climbing Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Moville
 - Climbing Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Pierson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Moville
 - Pierson had a post office and railroad service
Neptune   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Moville
 - Neptune had a post office and no railroad service
Anthon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Moville
 - Anthon had a post office and railroad service
Glen Ellen   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Moville
 - Glen Ellen had a post office and railroad service
Luton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Moville
 - Luton had a post office and railroad service
Correctionville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Moville
 - 1895 population of 869 people (with 800 people in 2018)
 - Correctionville 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 Moville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Moville in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Moville:

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 Woodbury County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Buena Vista County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Ida County:     Cyndi's



Monona County:     Cyndi's



O'Brien County:     Cyndi's

Plymouth County:     Cyndi's



Sac County:     Cyndi's



Sioux County:     Cyndi's



Burt County (NE):     Cyndi's



Dakota County (NE):     Cyndi's



Dixon County (NE):     Cyndi's



Thurston County (NE):     Cyndi's



Perkins County (SD):     Cyndi's



Union County (SD):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Moville ...

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

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 Moville:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Woodbury County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Woodbury County:

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- Moville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Moville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Moville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4894, Longitude: -96.0679     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Moville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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