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Our Genealogy Helper for Iona ...

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 Iona (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 Iona. 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 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.

Iona is located in Murray County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Murray County: Cottonwood, Lyon, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood & Rock.

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

  DirDistance
Murray     (The home county for Iona)
  Slayton   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Hadley   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Chandler   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Fulda   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lake Wilson   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Currie   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dovray   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  The Lakes   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Cottonwood
  Westbrook   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Storden   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jeffers   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Windom   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bingham Lake   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Jackson
  Heron Lake   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Okabena   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wilder   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lakefield   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Lincoln
  Tyler   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lake Benton   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arco   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Lyon
  Garvin   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Balaton   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Florence   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Russell   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lynd   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Nobles
  Wilmont   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Leota   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lismore   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Reading   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dundee   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kinbrae   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Adrian   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rushmore   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brewster   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bigelow   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Pipestone
  Woodstock   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Edgerton   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hatfield   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Holland   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Trosky   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Ruthton   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pipestone   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ihlen   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jasper Sunrise Village   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jasper   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Airlie   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Redwood
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Revere   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lamberton   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Milroy   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lucan   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sanborn   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wanda   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Rock
  Kenneth   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Hardwick   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Luverne   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kanaranzi   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Beaver Creek   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Steen   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hills   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dickinson (IA)
  Lake Park (IA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lyon (IA)
  Little Rock (IA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rock Rapids (IA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Osceola (IA)
  Allendorf (IA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sibley (IA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ocheyedan (IA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Harris (IA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cloverdale (IA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Brookings (SD)
  Elkton (SD)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Minnehaha (SD)
  Sherman (SD)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Garretson (SD)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Valley Springs (SD)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Moody (SD)
  Ward (SD)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Iona ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Iona.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E St. Columba Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Badger Lake Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Faith Swedish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Restland Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE St. Annes Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE St. Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Emmanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Slayton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Highland Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chandler Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE American Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Immanuel American Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Prairie Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilmont Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Gabriel Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Iona ...

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 254 newspapers that have been published in the area around Iona.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Iona. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Iona and those printed in the larger area surrounding Iona.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 49 miles [78.9 km] of Iona.

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 Iona had a population of 70 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Iona had a population of 133 people.

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

Slayton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,997 people in 2018)
 - Slayton had a post office and railroad service
 
Hadley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 75 people (with 58 people in 2018)
 - Hadley had a post office and railroad service
 
Avoca   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 170 people (with 136 people in 2018)
 - Avoca had a post office and railroad service
 
Chandler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 249 people in 2018)
 - Chandler had a post office and railroad service
 
Fulda   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 348 people (with 1,220 people in 2018)
 - Fulda had a post office and railroad service
 
Lake Wilson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 229 people in 2018)
 - Lake Wilson had a post office and railroad service
 
Lowville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Lowville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lime Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Iona
 - Lime Creek had a post office and railroad service
 
Currie   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Iona
 - 1895 population of 189 people (with 218 people in 2018)
 - Currie 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 Iona. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Iona in the 1890's.

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 - 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 Iona:

These websites are specific to Minnesota:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Minnesota State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Murray County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cottonwood County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jackson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lincoln County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lyon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nobles County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pipestone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Redwood County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Rock County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dickinson County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lyon County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Osceola County (IA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Brookings County (SD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Minnehaha County (SD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Moody County (SD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Murray County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Minnesota
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Minnesota

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 Minnesota
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Iowa
      South Dakota

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Iona ...

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

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 Iona:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Minnesota

About Murray County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Murray County: www.murray-countymn.com/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Iona) 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 Iona. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Iona

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Iona. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.9149, Longitude: -95.7859     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Iona 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 Iona, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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