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Our Genealogy Helper for State Center ...

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 State Center (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 State Center. 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 State Center ...

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 State Center.

  • Typical abbreviation for State Center: State Ctr. (or less commonly used: State Cen., State Cent. or State Cntr.)

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 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 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.

State Center is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Grundy, Hardin, Jasper, Poweshiek, Story & Tama.

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

Marshall     (The home county for State Center)
  Melbourne   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  LaMoille   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Clemons   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Rhodes   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Albion   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Haverhill   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Marshalltown   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Liscomb   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Laurel   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Ferguson   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Dunbar   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Jordan   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Luther   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Madrid   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Boone   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Centerville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Moingona   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Austinville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Granger   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Woodward   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Conrad   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Beaman   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Wellsburg   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Grundy Center   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Holland   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Morrison   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Reinbeck   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Buck Grove   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Fern   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Randall   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Ellsworth   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Jewell   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Stanhope   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Williams   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Kamrar   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Blairsburg   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Union   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  New Providence   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Whitten   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Gifford   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Garden City   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Hubbard   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Eldora   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Radcliffe   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Steamboat Rock   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Owasa   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Buckeye   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Eagle City   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Clyde   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Baxter   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Ira   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Mingo   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Green Castle   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Goddard   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Valeria   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Newton   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Colfax   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Oswalt   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Kellogg   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Otley   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Swan   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Elkhart   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Alleman   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Bondurant   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Mitchellville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Altoona   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Ankeny   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Berwick   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Polk City Junction   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Polk City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Saylorville   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Grinnell   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Sheridan   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Malcom   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Searsboro   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Colo   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Collins   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Zearing   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Fernald   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Iowa Center   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Maxwell   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Nevada   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  McCallsburg   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Shipley   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Roland   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Cambridge   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Ames   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Montour   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Garwin   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Gladbrook   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Tama   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Toledo   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Gladstone   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Buckingham   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Traer   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Clutier   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Vining   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Chelsea   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Carlisle   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Hartford   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of State Center ...

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 215 newspapers that have been published in the area around State Center.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of State Center. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of State Center and those printed in the larger area surrounding State Center.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> of State Center.

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 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 State Center:

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Grundy County:     Cyndi's



Hamilton County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Marshall 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

Cemeteries Near State Center ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of State Center.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  SW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  SSE Wilkey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  SSW Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  S Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E County Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  N Clemons Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Melbourne Memorial Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E LaMoille Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  NNW Sacred Hearts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hartland Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Colo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  ENE Hixite Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Everist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sparrow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SSW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whitaker Family Burying Ground   [Map]     
  N Bevins Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  SW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gaer Ballard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mound Cemetery   [Map]     

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 State Center had a population of 854 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, State Center had a population of 1,456 people.

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

Malta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from State Center
 - Malta had a post office and railroad service
Melbourne   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE) from State Center
 - Melbourne had a post office and railroad service
Rhodes   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the South (S) from State Center
 - 1895 population of 434 people (with 300 people in 2018)
 - Rhodes had a post office and railroad service
LaMoille   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the East (E) from State Center
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - LaMoille had a post office and railroad service
Clemons   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North (N) from State Center
 - Clemons had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Anthony   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from State Center
 - Saint Anthony had a post office and railroad service
State Center Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from State Center
 - State Center Junction had railroad service and no post office
Bromley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from State Center
 - Bromley had a post office and railroad service
Colo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the West (W) from State Center
 - 1895 population of 261 people (with 834 people in 2018)
 - Colo had a post office and railroad service
Luray   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from State Center
 - Luray 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 State Center. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring State Center in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for State Center ...

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

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 State Center:

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

1915-1916 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of State Center

We have found State Center in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for State Center for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marshall County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- State Center) 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 State Center. 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 State Center

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in State Center. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0148, Longitude: -93.1653     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for State Center have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 State Center, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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