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Our Genealogy Helper for Orange City ...

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 Orange City (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 Orange City. 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 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 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.

Orange City is located in Sioux County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sioux County: Lyon, O'Brien, Plymouth, Lincoln (SD) & Union (SD).

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

Sioux     (The home county for Orange City)
  Alton   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Maurice   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sioux Center   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Westbrook Village   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Granville   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hospers   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Boyden   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hull   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ireton   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lebanon   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Matlock   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  McNally   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rock Valley   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Marcus   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cleghorn   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Meriden   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Larrabee   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cherokee   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Quimby   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Washta   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aurelia   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Everly   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Royal   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Doon   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  George   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Alvord   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Inwood   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rock Rapids   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Little Rock   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lester   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Larchwood   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sheldon   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Archer   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Paullina   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Primghar   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sanborn   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Calumet   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sutherland   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hartley   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Moneta   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ashton   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Melvin   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cloverdale   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sibley   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Allendorf   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  May City   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ocheyedan   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Struble   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Oyens   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Remsen   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Craig   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Le Mars   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Brunsville   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Merrill   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Adaville   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Akron   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kingsley   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westfield   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pierson   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Moville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lawton   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Holiday Village   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Correctionville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Regency of Sioux City   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sioux City   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Nobles (MN)
  Ellsworth (MN)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bigelow (MN)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Rock (MN)
  Steen (MN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kanaranzi (MN)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hills (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clay (SD)
  Alsen (SD)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glenwood (SD) - Historic   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Greenfield (SD)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (SD)
  Hudson (SD)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fairview (SD)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Moe (SD)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Canton (SD)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Perkins (SD)
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Union (SD)
  Alcester (SD)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Nora (SD)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Emmet (SD)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beresford (SD)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Spink (SD)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jefferson (SD)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elk Point (SD)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  McCook Lake (SD)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  North Sioux City (SD)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Junction City (SD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Orange City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orange City.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW West Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nassau Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sherman Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Newkirk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Eason Family Burial Plot   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  N Middleburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE St. Anthonys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hospers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Floyd Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hospers Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Seney City Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Orange City ...

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 85 newspapers that have been published in the area around Orange City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Orange City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Orange City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Orange City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 41 miles [66 km] of Orange City.

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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Orange City had a population of 1,216 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Orange City had a population of 6,107 people.

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

Alton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Orange City
 - 1895 population of 708 people (with 1,264 people in 2018)
 - Alton had a post office and railroad service
Carnes   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Orange City
 - Carnes had a post office and railroad service
Maurice   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Orange City
 - Maurice had a post office and railroad service
Newkirk   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Orange City
 - Newkirk had a post office and no railroad service
Sioux Center   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Orange City
 - 1895 population of 8 people (with 7,614 people in 2018)
 - Sioux Center had a post office and no railroad service
Middleburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Orange City
 - Middleburg had a post office and no railroad service
Granville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Orange City
 - Granville had a post office and railroad service
Hospers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Orange City
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 703 people in 2018)
 - Hospers had a post office and railroad service
Struble   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Orange City
 - Struble 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 Orange City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orange City in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Orange City:

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 Sioux County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Lyon County:     Cyndi's



O'Brien County:     Cyndi's

Osceola County:     Cyndi's



Plymouth County:     Cyndi's



Woodbury County:     Cyndi's



Nobles County (MN):     Cyndi's



Rock County (MN):     Cyndi's



Clay County (SD):     Cyndi's



Lincoln County (SD):     Cyndi's



Perkins County (SD):     Cyndi's



Union County (SD):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Orange City ...

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

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 Orange City:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Sioux County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sioux 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orange City) 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 Orange City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orange City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orange City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0017, Longitude: -96.0569     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orange City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Orange City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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