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Our Genealogy Helper for Media ...

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 Media (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 Media. 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.

Media is located in Henderson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Henderson County: Des Moines (IA), Lee (IA), Hancock, McDonough, Mercer & Warren.

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

Henderson     (The home county for Media)
  Stronghurst   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Raritan   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Biggsville   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Gladstone   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Carman   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Oquawka   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Gulf Port   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Lomax   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Avon   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Checkrow   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Ellisville   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  London Mills   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Marietta   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Fairview   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Smithfield   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Table Grove   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Fiatt   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Cuba   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Vermont   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Ipava   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  La Harpe   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Dallas City   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Colusa   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Pontoosuc   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Burnside   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Adrian   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Niota   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Ferris   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Carthage   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Bentley   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Nauvoo   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Elvaston   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Alpha   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Woodhull   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Ophiem   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Abingdon   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Saint Augustine   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Galesburg   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Henderson Grove   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  East Galesburg   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Knoxville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Henderson   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Rio   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Gilson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Wataga   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Maquon   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Oneida   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Blandinsville   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Sciota   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Good Hope   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Lamone Village   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Prairie City   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  East Village   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Macomb   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  University Village   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Bushnell   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Colchester   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  VIshnu Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Bardolph   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Keithsburg   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Seaton   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Alexis   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Burgess   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  New Boston   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  North Henderson   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Aledo   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Joy   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Gilchrist   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Shale City   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Viola   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Matherville   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
Rock Island
  Buffalo Prairie   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Reynolds   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Littleton   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Huntsville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Smithshire   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Kirkwood   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Roseville   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Youngstown   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Monmouth   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Berwick   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Little York   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Cameron   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Gerlaw   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Shanghai City   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
Des Moines (IA)
  Burlington (IA)   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Patterson (IA)   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  West Burlington (IA)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Dodgeville (IA)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Sperry (IA)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Middletown (IA)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Mediapolis (IA)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Danville (IA)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Yarmouth (IA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
Henry (IA)
  Lowell (IA)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  New London (IA)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Mount Union (IA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Mount Pleasant (IA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Winfield (IA)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
Lee (IA)
  Wever (IA)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Denmark (IA)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Fort Madison (IA)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Sawyer (IA)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  West Point (IA)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Galland (IA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Jeffersonville (IA) - Historic   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Montrose (IA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Sandusky (IA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Saint Paul (IA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Franklin (IA)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Pilot Grove (IA)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
Louisa (IA)
  Oakville (IA)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Elrick Junction (IA)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Morning Sun (IA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Wapello (IA)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Grandview (IA)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Media ...

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 106 newspapers that have been published in the area around Media.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Media. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Media and those printed in the larger area surrounding Media.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> of Media.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Media:

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 Henderson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fulton County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Knox County:     Cyndi's



McDonough County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Rock Island County:     Cyndi's



Schuyler County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's



Des Moines County (IA):     Cyndi's



Henry County (IA):     Cyndi's



Lee County (IA):     Cyndi's



Louisa County (IA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Illinois:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Illinois,
Cemeteries of Henderson County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Illinois   Cemetery Wiki for Illinois
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Illinois

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 Media ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Media.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  WNW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  ESE Adair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  SSE St. Patrick's Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Township Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salter's Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  NW Huss Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Best Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  S Raritan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  SW Peasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Biggsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Olena Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  WSW Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roseville Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW South Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kemp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hopper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  NNW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bedford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roseville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Hickory Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  SW Terre Haute Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reed 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Media had a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Media had a population of 95 people.

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

Ellison - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ellison was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the East (E) from Media
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Ellison had a post office and no railroad service
Smithshire   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Media
 - Smithshire had a post office and railroad service
Stronghurst   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the West Southwest (WSW) from Media
 - 1895 population of 350 people (with 796 people in 2018)
 - Stronghurst had a post office and railroad service
Raritan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the South (S) from Media
 - 1895 population of 450 people (with 123 people in 2018)
 - Raritan had a post office and no railroad service
Olena   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Media
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Olena had a post office and no railroad service
Decorra   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the West Southwest (WSW) from Media
 - Decorra had railroad service and no post office
Ponemah   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Media
 - Ponemah had a post office and railroad service
Kirkwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Media
 - 1895 population of 949 people (with 681 people in 2018)
 - Kirkwood 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 Media. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Media in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Media ...

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

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 Media:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Illinois

About Henderson County

About Illinois

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Media. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Media) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Media. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Media

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Media. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7694, Longitude: -90.8327     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Media 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 Media, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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