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Our Genealogy Helper for Orange ...

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 (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. 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Orange is located in Black Hawk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Black Hawk County: Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Fayette, Grundy & Tama.

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

Black Hawk     (The home county for Orange)
  Waterloo   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Hudson   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Evansdale   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Elk Run Heights   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Gilbertville   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cedar Falls   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Voorhies   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dewar   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cedar City   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Blessing   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  North Cedar   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Edwards - Historic   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mount Auburn   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Garrison   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Vinton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Urbana   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Irving   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Newhall   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Denver   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Janesville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Readlyn   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bremer   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tripoli   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Plainfield   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Frederika   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jesup   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Brandon   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fairbank   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Rowley   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hazleton   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Quasqueton   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stanley   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Hartford   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Shell Rock   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Aplington   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clarksville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Allison   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kesley   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Austinville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bristow   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dumont   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Greene   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nashua   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fredericksburg   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Masonville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Robinson   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oran   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Oelwein   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Westgate   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Maynard   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Randalia   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Donnan   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hawkeye   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dike   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Reinbeck   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Morrison   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stout   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fern   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grundy Center   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Holland   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Buck Grove   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beaman   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wellsburg   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Conrad   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cleves   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Whitten   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ackley   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Steamboat Rock   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eldora   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gifford   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Robertson   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eagle City   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Walker   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Center Point   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Troy Mills   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Palo   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Toddville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Liscomb   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Albion   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buckingham   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dysart   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Traer   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Clutier   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gladbrook   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elberon   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Vining   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Toledo   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tama   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Orange ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orange.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Orange Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Waterloo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Waterloo Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Washburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Muslim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sons of Jacob Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Poyner Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S St. Marys of Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW George Wyth Memorial State Park   [Map]     
  E St. Mary's Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Marys Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Anton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Geneseo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Orange ...

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 Orange.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Orange, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Orange.

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>

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

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

Washburn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Washburn had a post office and railroad service
Waterloo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 6,674 people (with 67,798 people in 2018)
 - Waterloo had a post office and railroad service
Hudson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 66 people (with 2,466 people in 2018)
 - Hudson had a post office and railroad service
Eagle Center   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Orange
 - Eagle Center had a post office and no railroad service
Gilbertville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 729 people in 2018)
 - Gilbertville had a post office and no railroad service
Raymond   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 129 people (with 802 people in 2018)
 - Raymond had a post office and railroad service
Cedar Falls   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 3,459 people (with 41,048 people in 2018)
 - Cedar Falls had a post office and railroad service
Dewar   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Orange
 - Dewar 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orange in the 1890's.

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 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 Orange:

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 Black Hawk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Chickasaw County:     Cyndi's



Delaware County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Grundy County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Black Hawk 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Black Hawk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Black Hawk 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Orange) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orange. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4258, Longitude: -92.3566     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orange 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 Orange, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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