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Our Genealogy Helper for Palestine ...

So far, we have found very little information about Palestine. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Palestine to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Palestine, please Contact Us.

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 Palestine (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 Palestine. 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Palestine is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Palestine. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Palestine:

Van Buren     (The home county for Palestine)
  Bonaparte   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Farmington   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Keosauqua   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stockport   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cantril   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Douds   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Leando   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Milton   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Selma   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Floris   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Drakesville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Grove   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Des Moines
  Danville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Burlington   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Yarmouth   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mediapolis   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Salem   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rome   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Westwood   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New London   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Union   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Linby   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Richland   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ollie   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Big Mound   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Primrose   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mount Hamill   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  White Lane - Historic   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Houghton   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Donnellson   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Argyle   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Morning Sun   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eldon   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Agency   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cliffland   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Competine   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ottumwa   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hancock (IL)
  Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Niota (IL)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hamilton (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Warsaw (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Colusa (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dallas City (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Adrian (IL)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elvaston (IL)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ferris (IL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sutter (IL)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Burnside (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Gulf Port (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lomax (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carman (IL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clark (MO)
  Revere (MO)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Luray (MO)   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clark City (MO)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kahoka (MO)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wyaconda (MO)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wayland (MO)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Neeper (MO)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Alexandria (MO)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Patrick (MO)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
Knox (MO)
  Rutledge (MO)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Greensburg (MO)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Baring (MO)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Knox City (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lewis (MO)
  Williamstown (MO)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Monticello (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  La Belle (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Court Village (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Schuyler (MO)
  Downing (MO)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lancaster (MO)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Scotland (MO)
  Granger (MO)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Arbela (MO)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Memphis (MO)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gorin (MO)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  South Gorin (MO)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Palestine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Palestine.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Bonaparte Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cave Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reed's Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Lexington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Neumann Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Helwig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Snyder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Thomson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Preen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Steinmeyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  N Holsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bentonsport Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Dulin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blackmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Farmington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Glade Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Alfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wallingford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Farnum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Columbus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Christy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Salubria Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Acklan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lippincott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Center Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dibble Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blackledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Troxel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE H Banla Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Frost Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sax Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kennedy Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stone - Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Railroad Grave   [Map]     
  NW Anson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harness Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trumbo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reid Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Primrose Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bayles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Wiley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fordyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Croton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE J A Davis Grounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCulloch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forbes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Purdom Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Prall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McKeehan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cottonwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hillsboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boston Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Palestine ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Palestine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Palestine, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Palestine.

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.

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

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

Bentonsport   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 283 people
 - Bentonsport had a post office and railroad service
Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 249 people
 - Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
Farmington   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 1,002 people (with 618 people in 2018)
 - Farmington had a post office and railroad service
Acasto (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Acasto had a post office and no railroad service
Pierceville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 122 people
 - Pierceville had a post office and no railroad service
Big Mound   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Big Mound had a post office and no railroad service
Utica   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Utica had a post office and no railroad service
Anson (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Palestine
 - Anson had a post office and no railroad service
Primrose   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 165 people
 - Primrose had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 152 people (with 36 people in 2012)
 - Mount Sterling 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 Palestine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Palestine in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Palestine:

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:

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



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County (IL):     Cyndi's



Henderson 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Van Buren County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Palestine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Palestine) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Palestine. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6945, Longitude: -91.7941     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Palestine have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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