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Our Genealogy Helper for Oralabor ...

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 Oralabor (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 Oralabor. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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

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

Oralabor is located in Polk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story & Warren.

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

Polk     (The home county for Oralabor)
  Ankeny   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Saylorville   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Polk City   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Saylorville Reservoir   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Luther   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Boone   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Granger   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Woodward   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Adel   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Perry   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wiscotta   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jamaica   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Panora   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Yale   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Herndon   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stuart   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Randall   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ira   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Metz   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Truro   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Swan   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Otley   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pella   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  State Center   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Slater   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Collins   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ames   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Ontario   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Prole   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Oralabor ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oralabor.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Oralabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Highland Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Berwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Pinehill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Ankeny Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Rittgers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kinsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bretheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bondurant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ridgedale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW McDivitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Ambrose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elkhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Polk City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beebe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Emmanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rising Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Byers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Keller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE White Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willie Coons Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lem Small Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunny Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Oralabor ...

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 315 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oralabor.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oralabor, 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 Oralabor.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Oralabor had railroad service and no post office.

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

Ankeny   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oralabor
 - Ankeny had a post office and railroad service
Saylorville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oralabor
 - 1895 population of 169 people
 - Saylorville had a post office and railroad service
Saylor   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Oralabor
 - Saylor had railroad service and no post office
Berwick   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oralabor
 - Berwick had a post office and railroad service
Altoona   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oralabor
 - 1895 population of 326 people (with 18,844 people in 2018)
 - Altoona had a post office and railroad service
Bondurant   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Oralabor
 - Bondurant had a post office and railroad service
Crocker   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oralabor
 - Crocker had railroad service and no post office
Des Moines   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Oralabor
 - 1895 population of 50,093 people (with 216,853 people in 2018)
 - Des Moines 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 Oralabor. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oralabor in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Oralabor:

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 Polk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Guthrie County:     Cyndi's



Hamilton County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oralabor ...

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

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 Oralabor:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Polk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Polk County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oralabor) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oralabor. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7000, Longitude: -93.5880     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oralabor 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 Oralabor, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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