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Ormanville, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ormanville ...

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 Ormanville (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 Ormanville. 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.

Ormanville is located in Wapello County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wapello County: Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Monroe & Van Buren.

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

Wapello     (The home county for Ormanville)
  Ottumwa   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Blakesburg   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cliffland   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Agency   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Eldon   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Competine   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Unionville   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Orleans   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Udell   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Moravia   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Rathbun   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Exline   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mystic   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Walnut City   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Brazil   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Drakesville   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Floris   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Paris   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  West Grove   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Linby   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hedrick   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hayesville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ollie   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Delta   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Richland   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sigourney   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  What Cheer   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Thornburg   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harper   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Russell   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedar   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wright   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Lakonta   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Keomah Village   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  University Park   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Beacon   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rose Hill   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Evans   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Indianapolis   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Attica   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Albia   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Van Buren
  Selma   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Douds   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Leando   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cantril   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Keosauqua   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stockport   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Confidence   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Promise City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Putnam (MO)
  Livonia (MO)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pearl City (MO)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Worthington (MO)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Unionville (MO)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Schuyler (MO)
  Coatsville (MO)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Glenwood (MO)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lancaster (MO)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Downing (MO)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Queen City (MO)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Greentop (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Scotland (MO)
  Memphis (MO)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arbela (MO)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Granger (MO)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ormanville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ormanville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Ormanville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pt. Isabel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Baer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sherman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Rudd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rime Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dexter Baby Grave   [Map]     
  NE Wilkenson Grave   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hopewell Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wellman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Denton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Breeding Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Roland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kingdom Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Spence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McIntire Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Farm #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ralston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Shaul Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Abegg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Glassburner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hammans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McConnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Drakesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Swinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fiedler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Dunnville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Parrott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fiedler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Chisman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Albany Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW West Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McCormick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sedore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hebrew Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ottumwa Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Towler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kipnart Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blakesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McAllister Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Trussell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Paris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Runkles Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pewter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jay Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Railback Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Agency City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Folgman Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ormanville ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ormanville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ormanville, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ormanville.

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 Ormanville had a population of 58 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Carbon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ormanville
 - Carbon had railroad service and no post office
Belknap   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ormanville
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Belknap had a post office and railroad service
Drakesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Ormanville
 - 1895 population of 303 people (with 188 people in 2018)
 - Drakesville had a post office and railroad service
Bidwell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ormanville
 - Bidwell had railroad service and no post office
Floris   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ormanville
 - 1895 population of 421 people (with 142 people in 2018)
 - Floris had a post office and railroad service
East Ottumwa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ormanville
 - East Ottumwa had railroad service and no post office
Ottumwa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ormanville
 - 1895 population of 14,001 people (with 24,550 people in 2018)
 - Ottumwa had a post office and railroad service
Willard   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ormanville
 - Willard had a post office and no railroad service
Blakesburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ormanville
 - 1895 population of 204 people (with 289 people in 2018)
 - Blakesburg had a post office and railroad service
Cliffland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ormanville
 - Cliffland had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ormanville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ormanville 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 websites either 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 Ormanville:

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 Wapello County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Appanoose County:     Cyndi's



Davis County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lucas County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County (MO):     Cyndi's



Schuyler County (MO):     Cyndi's



Scotland County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Ormanville:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Wapello County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from Point A (ie- Ormanville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ormanville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.9086, Longitude: -92.4832     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ormanville 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 Ormanville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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