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Our Genealogy Helper for Van ...

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 Van (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 Van. 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.

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Van is located in Polk County.

To see how the shape of Missouri's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory & Saint Clair.

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

  • Polk County     (The home county of Van)
    • Halfway [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halfway
      • Halfway [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 177 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halfway have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halfway
    • Pleasant Hope [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hope
      • Pleasant Hope [Polk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 604 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pleasant Hope<3>
    • Bolivar [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bolivar
      • Bolivar [Polk County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,067 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bolivar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bolivar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bolivar<3>
    • Brighton [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brighton
      • Brighton [Polk County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brighton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brighton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brighton<3>
    • Goodnight [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodnight
      • Goodnight [Polk County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodnight have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Goodnight has also been known as:
      • Goodnight village
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodnight
    • Goodson [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodson
      • Goodson [Polk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodson
    • Tin Town [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tin Town
      • Tin Town [Polk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tin Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tin Town
    • Morrisville [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morrisville
      • Morrisville [Polk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 392 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morrisville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morrisville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morrisville<3>
    • Polk [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polk
      • Polk [Polk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Polk have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Polk
    • Aldrich [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aldrich
      • Aldrich [Polk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 81 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aldrich have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aldrich
    • Eudora [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eudora
      • Eudora [Polk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eudora have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eudora
    • Fair Play [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fair Play
      • Fair Play [Polk County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 483 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fair Play have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fair Play
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fair Play<3>
  • Benton County
    • Edwards [Benton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edwards
      • Edwards [Benton County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edwards have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edwards
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Edwards<3>
  • Camden County
    • Macks Creek [Camden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Macks Creek
      • Macks Creek [Camden County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2012: 243 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Macks Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Macks Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Macks Creek<3>
    • Roach [Camden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roach
      • Roach [Camden County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roach have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roach<3>
    • Climax Springs [Camden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Climax Springs
      • Climax Springs [Camden County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Estimated population in 2015: 120 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Climax Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Climax Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Climax Springs<3>
  • Cedar County
    • Umber View Heights [Cedar County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Umber View Heights
      • Umber View Heights [Cedar County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 49 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Umber View Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Umber View Heights
    • Stockton [Cedar County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stockton
      • Stockton [Cedar County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,934 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stockton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stockton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stockton<3>
    • Jerico Springs [Cedar County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jerico Springs
      • Jerico Springs [Cedar County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 231 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jerico Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jerico Springs
  • Christian County
    • Fremont Hills [Christian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fremont Hills
      • Fremont Hills [Christian County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 922 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fremont Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fremont Hills
    • Nixa [Christian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nixa
      • Nixa [Christian County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 22,515 people
      • Former name for Nixa:
      • Faught
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nixa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nixa<3>
    • Clever [Christian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clever
      • Clever [Christian County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,770 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clever have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clever
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clever<3>
    • Ozark [Christian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ozark
      • Ozark [Christian County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 20,482 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ozark have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ozark
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ozark<3>
    • Billings [Christian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Billings
      • Billings [Christian County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,111 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Billings have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Billings
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Billings<3>
    • Sparta [Christian County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sparta
      • Sparta [Christian County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,946 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sparta have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sparta
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sparta<3>
  • Dade County
    • Bona [Dade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bona
      • Bona [Dade County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bona
    • Dadeville [Dade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dadeville
      • Dadeville [Dade County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 224 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dadeville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dadeville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dadeville<3>
    • Everton [Dade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Everton
      • Everton [Dade County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 299 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Everton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Everton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Everton<3>
    • Glen Town [Dade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Town
      • Glen Town [Dade County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Town
    • Arcola [Dade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arcola
      • Arcola [Dade County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 53 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arcola have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arcola
    • Greenfield [Dade County]
    • South Greenfield [Dade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Greenfield
      • South Greenfield [Dade County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 85 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Greenfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Greenfield
    • Lockwood [Dade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lockwood
      • Lockwood [Dade County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 899 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lockwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lockwood
  • Dallas County
    • Buffalo [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo
      • Buffalo [Dallas County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,091 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buffalo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buffalo<3>
    • Louisburg [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Louisburg
      • Louisburg [Dallas County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 116 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Louisburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Louisburg
    • Long Lane [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Lane
      • Long Lane [Dallas County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Van
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Lane
    • Urbana [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Urbana
      • Urbana [Dallas County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 415 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Urbana have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Urbana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Urbana<3>
    • Windyville [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windyville
      • Windyville [Dallas County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windyville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windyville
    • Tunas [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tunas
      • Tunas [Dallas County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tunas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tunas
    • Leadmine [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leadmine
      • Leadmine [Dallas County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leadmine
  • Greene County
    • Fair Grove [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fair Grove
      • Fair Grove [Greene County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,529 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fair Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fair Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fair Grove<3>
    • Walnut Grove [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Grove
      • Walnut Grove [Greene County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 781 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walnut Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Walnut Grove<3>
    • Phenix [Greene County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phenix
      • Phenix [Greene County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Phenix has also been known as:
      • Phenix Quarry
    • Willard [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willard
      • Willard [Greene County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,632 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Willard<3>
    • Strafford [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strafford
      • Strafford [Greene County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,460 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strafford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strafford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Strafford<3>
    • Ash Grove [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ash Grove
      • Ash Grove [Greene County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,444 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ash Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ash Grove<3>
    • Springfield [Greene County]
    • Bois D'Arc [Greene County]
    • Turners [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turners
      • Turners [Greene County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Turners have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turners
    • Brookline [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brookline
      • Brookline [Greene County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brookline have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookline
    • Sequiota [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sequiota
      • Sequiota [Greene County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sequiota
    • Brookline Station [Greene County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brookline Station
      • Brookline Station [Greene County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Van
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Brookline Station. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookline Station
  • Hickory County
    • Pittsburg [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pittsburg
      • Pittsburg [Hickory County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pittsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pittsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pittsburg<3>
    • Elkton [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkton
      • Elkton [Hickory County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkton
    • Nemo [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nemo
      • Nemo [Hickory County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nemo
    • Hermitage [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hermitage
      • Hermitage [Hickory County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 464 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hermitage have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hermitage
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hermitage<3>
    • Preston [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Preston
      • Preston [Hickory County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 219 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Preston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Preston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Preston<3>
    • Weaubleau [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weaubleau
      • Weaubleau [Hickory County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 410 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weaubleau have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weaubleau
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Weaubleau<3>
    • Wheatland [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wheatland
      • Wheatland [Hickory County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 366 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wheatland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wheatland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wheatland<3>
    • Cross Timbers [Hickory County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cross Timbers
      • Cross Timbers [Hickory County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 211 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cross Timbers
  • Laclede County
    • Conway [Laclede County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Conway
      • Conway [Laclede County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 776 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Conway have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Conway
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Conway<3>
    • Phillipsburg [Laclede County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phillipsburg
      • Phillipsburg [Laclede County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 199 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Phillipsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phillipsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Phillipsburg<3>
    • Eldridge [Laclede County]
    • Lebanon [Laclede County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lebanon
      • Lebanon [Laclede County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 14,798 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lebanon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lebanon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lebanon<3>
    • Evergreen [Laclede County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen
      • Evergreen [Laclede County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 28 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Evergreen has also been known as:
      • Evergreen village
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen
    • Twin Bridges [Laclede County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Bridges
      • Twin Bridges [Laclede County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Twin Bridges came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<5>
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Bridges
  • Lawrence County
    • Halltown [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halltown
      • Halltown [Lawrence County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 171 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halltown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halltown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Halltown<3>
    • Miller [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Miller
      • Miller [Lawrence County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 681 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Miller
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Miller<3>
  • Saint Clair County
    • Collins [Saint Clair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collins
      • Collins [Saint Clair County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collins
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collins<3>
    • Gerster [Saint Clair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gerster
      • Gerster [Saint Clair County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 24 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gerster have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gerster
    • Vista [Saint Clair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vista
      • Vista [Saint Clair County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 46 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vista
    • Osceola [Saint Clair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osceola
      • Osceola [Saint Clair County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 908 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Osceola have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Osceola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Osceola<3>
    • Roscoe [Saint Clair County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roscoe
      • Roscoe [Saint Clair County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 117 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roscoe have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roscoe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roscoe<3>
  • Webster County
    • Elkland [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkland
      • Elkland [Webster County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elkland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkland
    • Conklin [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Conklin
      • Conklin [Webster County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Conklin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Conklin
    • Marshfield [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marshfield
      • Marshfield [Webster County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,562 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marshfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marshfield<3>
    • Crown [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crown
      • Crown [Webster County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crown
    • Niangua [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Niangua
      • Niangua [Webster County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 426 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Niangua have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Niangua
    • Fordland [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fordland
      • Fordland [Webster County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 846 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fordland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fordland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fordland<3>
    • Rogersville [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rogersville
      • Rogersville [Webster County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,863 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rogersville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rogersville<3>
    • Diggins [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Diggins
      • Diggins [Webster County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 323 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Diggins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Diggins
    • Seymour [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Seymour
      • Seymour [Webster County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,010 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Seymour have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Seymour
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Seymour<3>
  • Wright County

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

Newspapers Published in Van ...

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 100 newspapers that have been published in the area around Van.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Van, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Van.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Van:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Missouri

Cemeteries Near Van ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Van.

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

  • Viles Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Viles Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Viles Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Viles Cemetery
  • Ankrom Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ankrom Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ankrom Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ankrom Cemetery
  • Reed Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Reed Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Reed Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reed Cemetery
  • Gorden Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Gorden Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Gorden Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gorden Cemetery
  • Mt. Gilread Cemetery
  • Slagle Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Goff Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Goff Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Goff Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goff Cemetery
    • Pleasant Hope Cemetery
    • New Life Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the New Life Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New Life Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • New Life Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Van.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Life Cemetery
    • Case Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Case Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Case Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Case Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Van.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Case Cemetery
    • Ragsdale Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ragsdale Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ragsdale Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ragsdale Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Van.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ragsdale Cemetery
    • Brighton Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Brighton Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brighton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Brighton Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Van.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brighton Cemetery
    • Tiller Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tiller Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tiller Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Tiller Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Van.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tiller Cemetery
    • Church Grove Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Church Grove Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Church Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Church Grove Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Van.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Church Grove Cemetery
    • Prairie Grove Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Prairie Grove Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Prairie Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Prairie Grove Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Van.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie Grove Cemetery

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.<7>

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

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

  • Sunset [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunset
    • Sunset [Polk County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Van
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sunset had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunset have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset
  • Burns [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burns
    • Burns [Polk County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Van
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Burns had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Burns have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burns
  • Schofield [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Schofield
    • Schofield [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Van
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Schofield had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Schofield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Schofield
  • Halfway [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halfway
    • Halfway [Polk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 89 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 177 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Halfway had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halfway have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halfway
  • Slagle [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Slagle
    • Slagle [Polk County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Slagle had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Slagle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Slagle
  • Pleasant Hope [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hope
    • Pleasant Hope [Polk County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Van
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 80 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 604 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Pleasant Hope had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hope
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pleasant Hope<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Brighton [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brighton
      • Brighton [Polk County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 43 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Brighton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brighton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brighton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brighton<3>
    • Bolivar [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bolivar
      • Bolivar [Polk County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Van
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,485 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,067 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bolivar had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bolivar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bolivar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bolivar<3>
    • Goodnight [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodnight
      • Goodnight [Polk County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Goodnight had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodnight have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Goodnight has also been known as:
      • Goodnight village
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodnight
    • Redtop [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redtop
      • Redtop [Dallas County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Van
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Redtop had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Redtop have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redtop
    • Reynolds [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reynolds
      • Reynolds [Dallas County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Van
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Reynolds had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reynolds have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reynolds
    • Morrisville [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morrisville
      • Morrisville [Polk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 250 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 392 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Morrisville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morrisville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morrisville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morrisville<3>
    • Goodson [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodson
      • Goodson [Polk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Van
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Goodson had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodson
    • Wishart [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wishart
      • Wishart [Polk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Van
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Wishart had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wishart have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wishart
    • Gresham [Polk County] - Historic
      • While Gresham was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gresham
      • Gresham [Polk County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Van
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Gresham had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gresham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Van. See our List of 1890's Communities around Van.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Missouri: https://www.mo.gov/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Van) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Van. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5614, Longitude: -93.2871       In this case, the coordinates for Van have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>If we have found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<6>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.
<7>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 Van, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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