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Our Genealogy Helper for Olin ...

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 Olin (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 Olin. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Olin is located in Jones County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jones County: Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson & Linn.

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

Jones     (The home county for Olin)
  Morley   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Center Junction   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oxford Mills   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Amber   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Onslow   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Martelle   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Langworthy   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Atkins   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Walford   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Norway   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lowden   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lost Nation   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elwood   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Calamus   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Delmar   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grand Mound   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  North Welton   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Welton   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  De Witt   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Charlotte   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Goose Lake   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hopkinton   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ryan   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Delhi   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Robinson   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Delaware   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Earlville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Masonville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cascade   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fillmore   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bernard   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Farley   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Zwingle   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Epworth   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dyersville   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Summit Village Dyersville Park   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Peosta   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Graf   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Centralia   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Amana   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Homestead   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Canton   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Buckhorn   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Crab Town   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ironhills   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Maquoketa   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Andrew   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  La Motte   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Springbrook   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Spragueville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Preston   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Donatus   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Solon   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Coralville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hills   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lone Tree   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Viola   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Springville   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Squaw Creek Village   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Prairieburg   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marion   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Central City   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ely   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Alburnett   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coggon   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Midway Beach   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Liberty   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dixon   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Donahue   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maysville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Walcott   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Long Grove   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Park View   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blue Grass   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eldridge   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  McCausland   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Olin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Olin.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Olin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Merritt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Glenn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grafft Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Diamond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Madison Village Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Madison Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hazel Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Highland Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Onion Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dayton Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Wyoming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Piper - Kohl Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pioneer Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stanwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clarence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oxford Junction Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE North Madison Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spade Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Amber Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Midland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brink Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Mayflower Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Edinburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Cady Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Norwich Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Olin ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Olin.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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 Olin had a population of 519 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Olin had a population of 691 people.

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

Hale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Olin
 - Hale had a post office and railroad service
Morley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Olin
 - Morley had a post office and railroad service
Stanwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Olin
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 662 people in 2018)
 - Stanwood had a post office and railroad service
Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Olin
 - 1895 population of 612 people (with 1,133 people in 2018)
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Olin
 - 1895 population of 629 people (with 970 people in 2018)
 - Clarence had a post office and railroad service
Wyoming   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Olin
 - 1895 population of 638 people (with 522 people in 2018)
 - Wyoming had a post office and railroad service
Center Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Olin
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 111 people in 2015)
 - Center Junction had a post office and railroad service
Amber   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Olin
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Amber 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 Olin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Olin in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Olin:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

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

These pages are specific to Jones County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Clinton County:     Cyndi's



Delaware County:     Cyndi's



Dubuque County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Olin ...

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

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 Olin:

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

We have found Olin in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for Olin for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Jones County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jones County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Olin) 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 Olin. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Olin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9976, Longitude: -91.1417     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Olin 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:

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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 Olin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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