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Our Genealogy Helper for Ontario ...

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 Ontario (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 Ontario. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Ontario is located in Story County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Story County: Boone, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Marshall & Polk.

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

  DirDistance
Story     (The home county for Ontario)
  Ames   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Gilbert   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Zenorsville   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Slater   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Story City   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Boone
  Jordan   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Luther   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Boone   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Boxholm   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
 
Calhoun
  Farnhamville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dallas
  Woodward   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Granger   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Perry   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Adel   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Franklin
  Oakland   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Popejoy   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Greene
  Rippey   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dana   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Paton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Guthrie
  Jamaica   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Herndon   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Yale   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bagley   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hamilton
  Randall   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Jewell   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Stanhope   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stratford   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kamrar   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Blairsburg   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Webster City   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Williams   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Hardin
  Garden City   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Radcliffe   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Providence   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gifford   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Alden   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Owasa   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eldora   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whitten   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Iowa Falls   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jasper
  Clyde   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ira   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Metz   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Marshall
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  State Center   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Albion   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Liscomb   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Polk
  Alleman   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Polk City Junction   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Polk City   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Saylorville Reservoir   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Grimes   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Warren
  Lakewood   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Webster
  Dayton   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Harcourt   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lanyon   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lehigh   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Burnside   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brushy   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Palm Grove   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Duncombe   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Evanston   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gowrie   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Otho   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coalville   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Wright
  Woolstock   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ontario ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ontario.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Ontario Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE College Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ames Municipal Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sunday Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Bloomington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McMichael Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arrasmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilbert Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Born Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baldus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE South St. Petri Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Garden Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sheldahl Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brouhard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Squire Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sarah Dinwoodie Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hull Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ballard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Evergreen Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Knoll Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Linwood Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Leatham Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ontario ...

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 200 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ontario.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ontario, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ontario.

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 Ontario had a population of 128 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Ames   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ontario
 - 1895 population of 1,276 people (with 67,154 people in 2018)
 - Ames had a post office and railroad service
 
Kelley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Ontario
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 300 people in 2018)
 - Kelley had a post office and railroad service
 
Gilbert   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ontario
 - Gilbert had a post office and no railroad service
 
Luther   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ontario
 - Luther had a post office and railroad service
 
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ontario
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
 
Slater   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Ontario
 - Slater had a post office and railroad service
 
Huxley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ontario
 - Huxley had a post office and railroad service
 
Boone   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Ontario
 - 1895 population of 6,520 people (with 12,470 people in 2018)
 - Boone had a post office and railroad service
 
Sheldahl   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Ontario
 - 1895 population of 368 people (with 319 people in 2018)
 - Sheldahl 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 Ontario. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ontario 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 helpful 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 Ontario:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

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 Story County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Calhoun County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dallas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Franklin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greene County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Guthrie County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hamilton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hardin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jasper County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marshall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Webster County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wright County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ontario ...

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

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 Ontario:

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

1915-1916 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Ontario


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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Story County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Story County: www.storycounty.com/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ontario) 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 Ontario. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ontario

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ontario. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0358, Longitude: -93.6816     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ontario 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 Ontario, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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