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Our Genealogy Helper for Murray ...

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 Murray (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 Murray. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Murray is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Ringgold, Union, Warren & Wayne.

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

  DirDistance
Clarke     (The home county for Murray)
  Osceola   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Green Bay - Historic   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodburn   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
 
Adair
  Zion   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stanzel   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Orient   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bridgewater   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Adams
  Stringtown   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Prescott   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mercer   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carl   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Queen City - Historic   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dallas
  Booneville   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Adel   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wiscotta   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Decatur
  Van Wert   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Weldon   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Grand River   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Decatur City   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Garden Grove   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Leon   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Davis City   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lamoni   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Guthrie
  Stuart   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Menlo   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lucas
  Lucas   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Derby   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Russell   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Madison
  Barney   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Truro   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Macksburg   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Webster   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Marion
  Newbern   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Polk
  West Des Moines   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clive   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ringgold
  Beaconsfield   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ellston   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tingley   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Kellerton   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Knowlton - Historic   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Diagonal   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Ayr   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Benton   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Delphos   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Maloy   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Redding   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Taylor
  Clearfield   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lenox   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sharpsburg   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Blockton   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Conway   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Union
  Thayer   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Lorimor   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Afton   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Arispe   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Shannon City   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Creston   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kent   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Warren
  New Virginia   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Liberty Center   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Prole   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Milo   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Wayne
  Humeston   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Millerton   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Allerton   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clio   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Corydon   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lineville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Harrison (MO)
  Hatfield (MO)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blythedale (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eagleville (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Mercer (MO)
  South Lineville (MO)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Murray ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Murray.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Murray Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Troy Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Claypool Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thayer Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW West Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reasoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hopeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lacelle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lorimor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brown Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Gregg Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Field Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Homewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Leas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barney Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Abel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Warrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Groesbeck Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Murray ...

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 147 newspapers that have been published in the area around Murray.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Murray. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Murray and those printed in the larger area surrounding Murray.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 34 miles [54.7 km] of Murray.

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 Murray had a population of 666 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Murray had a population of 710 people.

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

Thayer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Murray
 - 1895 population of 119 people (with 56 people in 2018)
 - Thayer had a post office and railroad service
 
Hopeville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Murray
 - 1895 population of 193 people
 - Hopeville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lacelle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Murray
 - Lacelle had a post office and no railroad service
 
Monette   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Murray
 - Monette had a post office and railroad service
 
Groveland - Historic   [Map]
 - While Groveland was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Murray
 - Groveland had a post office and railroad service
 
Lorimor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Murray
 - Lorimor had railroad service and no post office
 
Talmage   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Murray
 - Talmage had a post office and railroad service
 
Afton Junction - Historic   [Map]
 - While Afton Junction was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Murray
 - Afton Junction had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Murray. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Murray 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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Murray:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adair County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dallas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Decatur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Guthrie County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lucas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Madison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marion County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ringgold County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Taylor County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Union County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wayne County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harrison County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mercer County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Clarke County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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 ...
      Missouri

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Murray ...

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

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 Murray:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Clarke County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clarke County: www.clarkecountyia.org/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

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- Murray) 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 Murray. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Murray

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Murray. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0415, Longitude: -93.9491     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Murray 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Murray, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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