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Our Genealogy Helper for Old Peru ...

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 Old Peru (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 Old Peru. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Old Peru is located in Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Adair, Clarke, Dallas, Guthrie, Polk, Union & Warren.

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

  DirDistance
Madison     (The home county for Old Peru)
  East Peru   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Truro   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Barney   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Macksburg   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Webster   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Adair
  Hebron   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stanzel   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Zion   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Orient   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bridgewater   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Adair   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Adams
  Williamson   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stringtown   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Prescott   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carl   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clarke
  Murray   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Osceola   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Green Bay - Historic   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Woodburn   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
 
Dallas
  Booneville   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Adel   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wiscotta   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Linden   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Granger   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Decatur
  Weldon   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Van Wert   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Grand River   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Garden Grove   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Decatur City   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Leon   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Guthrie
  Stuart   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Menlo   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Casey   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Panora   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Jasper
  Vandalia   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lucas
  Lucas   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Derby   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Marion
  Bauer   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Swan   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Polk
  West Des Moines   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clive   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Urbandale   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grimes   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Ringgold
  Ellston   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tingley   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beaconsfield   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Knowlton - Historic   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Diagonal   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kellerton   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mount Ayr   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Taylor
  Clearfield   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lenox   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Union
  Lorimor   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Afton   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Arispe   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Creston   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Shannon City   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kent   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Warren
  New Virginia   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Prole   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Liberty Center   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Milo   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Wayne
  Humeston   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Old Peru ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Old Peru.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Peru Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Beardsley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Hartman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bullock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Barney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Farson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Viney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Worthing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Winterset City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Close Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hamblin Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blair Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gordon Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Dillman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brush Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Montpelier Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Hooten Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lorimor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farris Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Old Peru ...

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 182 newspapers that have been published in the area around Old Peru.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Old Peru, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Old Peru.

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>

While we didn't find Old Peru in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Old Peru.

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

East Peru   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Old Peru
 - East Peru had a post office and no railroad service
 
Barney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Old Peru
 - Barney had a post office and railroad service
 
Truro   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Old Peru
 - Truro had a post office and railroad service
 
Hanley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Old Peru
 - Hanley had a post office and railroad service
 
Ord   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Old Peru
 - Ord had a post office and no railroad service
 
Winterset   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Old Peru
 - 1895 population of 2,281 people (with 5,318 people in 2018)
 - Winterset had a post office and railroad service
 
Saint Charles   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Old Peru
 - 1895 population of 387 people (with 621 people in 2018)
 - Saint Charles had a post office and railroad service
 
Patterson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Old Peru
 - 1895 population of 133 people (with 163 people in 2018)
 - Patterson had a post office and railroad service
 
Lorimor   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Old Peru
 - Lorimor 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 Old Peru. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Old Peru 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 websites either 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 Old Peru:

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 Madison 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

 
Clarke 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

 
Jasper County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lucas 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

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Madison County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Madison County: www.madisoncoia.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Old Peru) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Old Peru. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2358, Longitude: -93.9452     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Old Peru 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 Old Peru, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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