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Our Genealogy Helper for Ortonville ...

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 Ortonville (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 Ortonville. 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 and doctors 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.

Ortonville is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Adair, Boone, Greene, Guthrie, Madison, Polk & Warren.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Ortonville)
  Adel   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Waukee   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Granger   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Redfield   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wiscotta   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Stanzel   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Zion   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Adair   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Orient   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Madrid   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Luther   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Boone   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Boxholm   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Murray   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dana   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Paton   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stuart   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Panora   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Yale   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Menlo   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Jamaica   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Herndon   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Guthrie Center   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bagley   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Casey   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  North Branch   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Valeria   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oswalt   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Green Castle   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ira   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Truro   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Macksburg   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Barney   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Swan   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clive   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Urbandale   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Grimes   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  West Des Moines   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Herrold   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Saylorville Reservoir   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Polk City   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Polk City Junction   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Slater   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ontario   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ames   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Zenorsville   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lorimor   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Thayer   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Prole   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ortonville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ortonville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Merical Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Kinnick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Otterman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Waukee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dallas County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Longmire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Van Meter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Panther Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Booneville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Huston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW McKibben Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blue Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE United Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hoff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Minburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Panther Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sunny Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW North Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dale Moffit Reservoir Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beaver Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ortonville ...

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 88 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ortonville.

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

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, Ortonville had a post office and railroad service.

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

Adel   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Ortonville
 - 1895 population of 995 people (with 4,954 people in 2018)
 - Adel had a post office and railroad service
Waukee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Ortonville
 - 1895 population of 240 people (with 22,810 people in 2018)
 - Waukee had a post office and railroad service
Dallas Center   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ortonville
 - 1895 population of 445 people (with 1,714 people in 2018)
 - Dallas Center had a post office and railroad service
Van Meter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Ortonville
 - 1895 population of 467 people (with 1,181 people in 2018)
 - Van Meter had a post office and railroad service
DeSoto   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ortonville
 - 1895 population of 328 people (with 1,000 people in 2018)
 - DeSoto had a post office and railroad service
Booneville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ortonville
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Booneville had a post office and railroad service
Campbell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Ortonville
 - Campbell had a post office and railroad service
Clive   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Ortonville
 - Clive had a post office and railroad service
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Ortonville
 - Kennedy had a post office and railroad service
Grimes   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ortonville
 - Grimes 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 Ortonville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ortonville 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 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 Ortonville:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adair County:     Cyndi's



Boone County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Guthrie County:     Cyndi's



Jasper County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Story County:     Cyndi's



Union County:     Cyndi's



Warren County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Ortonville:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Dallas County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dallas County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Ortonville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ortonville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6150, Longitude: -93.9597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ortonville 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 Ortonville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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