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Our Genealogy Helper for Matherville ...

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 Matherville (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 Matherville. 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Matherville is located in Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Des Moines (IA), Louisa (IA), Henderson, Henry, Knox, Rock Island & Warren.

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

Mercer     (The home county for Matherville)
  Preemption   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Gilchrist   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Viola   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Shale City   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sherrard   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Aledo   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Burgess   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  New Windsor   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Windsor   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Alexis   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  North Henderson   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Seaton   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Joy   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mineral   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oquawka   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Biggsville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Media   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Stronghurst   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gulf Port   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Raritan   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ophiem   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Alpha   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lynn Center   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Orion   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Woodhull   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Andover   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Osco   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Colona   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Green Rock   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hickory Hills   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rio   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Henderson Grove   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Wataga   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Altona   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Galesburg   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  East Galesburg   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dahinda   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gilson   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Rock Island
  Reynolds   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Taylor Ridge   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Coyne Center   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Milan   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Andalusia   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Buffalo Prairie   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Coal Valley   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rock Island   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Moline   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Illinois City   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  East Moline   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Carbon Cliff   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  La Fayette   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Toulon   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Shanghai City   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gerlaw   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Little York   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kirkwood   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Smithshire   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Roseville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Erie   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Cedar (IA)
  Durant (IA)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lime City (IA)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bennett (IA)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rochester (IA)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clinton (IA)
  Folletts (IA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shaffton (IA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  De Witt (IA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Grand Mound (IA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Calamus (IA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Low Moor (IA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Camanche (IA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Des Moines (IA)
  Mediapolis (IA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sperry (IA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dodgeville (IA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Yarmouth (IA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Louisa (IA)
  Oakville (IA)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elrick Junction (IA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grandview (IA)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wapello (IA)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Letts (IA)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morning Sun (IA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fredonia (IA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Columbus City (IA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Columbus Junction (IA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Muscatine (IA)
  Montpelier (IA)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Midway Beach (IA)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Muscatine (IA)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stockton (IA)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fruitland (IA)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  South Towne Park (IA)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wilton (IA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Moscow (IA)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Atalissa (IA)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Conesville (IA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nichols (IA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Liberty (IA)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Scott (IA)
  Buffalo (IA)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Blue Grass (IA)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Davenport (IA)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Riverdale (IA)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Panorama Park (IA)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bettendorf (IA)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pleasant Valley (IA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Eldridge (IA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Walcott (IA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Le Claire (IA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maysville (IA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hickory Grove (IA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Donahue (IA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Matherville ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Matherville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Matherville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Matherville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Matherville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km] of Matherville.

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 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 Matherville:

These websites are specific to Illinois:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Illinois State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Illinois to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bureau County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Knox County:     Cyndi's



Rock Island County:     Cyndi's



Stark County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's



Whiteside County:     Cyndi's



Cedar County (IA):     Cyndi's



Clinton County (IA):     Cyndi's



Des Moines County (IA):     Cyndi's



Louisa County (IA):     Cyndi's



Muscatine County (IA):     Cyndi's



Scott County (IA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Illinois:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Illinois,
Cemeteries of Mercer County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Illinois   Cemetery Wiki for Illinois
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Illinois, for Mercer 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 Illinois
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Matherville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Matherville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Farlows Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W St. Joseph's Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Viola Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. John's Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Carnahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE German Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Preemption Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Merryman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cable Village Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Schoening Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Artz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sherrard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Bridger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Western Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Aledo Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Hamlet Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW McPherren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Windsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Swedona Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Bush Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Chapel Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oxford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beulah 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.<3>

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

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

Gilchrist   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Matherville
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Gilchrist had a post office and no railroad service
Viola   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Matherville
 - 1895 population of 421 people (with 896 people in 2018)
 - Viola had a post office and railroad service
Preemption   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Matherville
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Preemption had a post office and railroad service
Cable   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Matherville
 - 1895 population of 1,276 people
 - Cable had a post office and railroad service
Griffin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Matherville
 - Griffin had railroad service and no post office
Reynolds   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Matherville
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 513 people in 2018)
 - Reynolds had a post office and railroad service
Hamlet   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Matherville
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Hamlet had a post office and no railroad service
Swedona   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Matherville
 - 1895 population of 159 people
 - Swedona had a post office and no railroad service

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mercer County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Illinois:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Matherville) 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 Matherville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Matherville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Matherville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2595, Longitude: -90.6057     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Matherville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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:
<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 Matherville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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