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Our Genealogy Helper for Osceola ...

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 Osceola (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 Osceola. 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.

Osceola is located in Clarke County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Ringgold, Union, Warren & Wayne.

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

  DirDistance
Clarke     (The home county for Osceola)
  Green Bay - Historic   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Woodburn   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Murray   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Adair
  Zion   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stanzel   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Orient   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Adams
  Stringtown   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dallas
  Booneville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Decatur
  Weldon   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Van Wert   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Le Roy   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Garden Grove   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grand River   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Decatur City   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Leon   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Davis City   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lamoni   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Lucas
  Lucas   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Derby   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chariton   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Russell   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Madison
  Truro   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Barney   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  East Peru   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bevington   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Macksburg   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Winterset   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Webster   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Earlham   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Marion
  Newbern   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Swan   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe
  Melrose   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Polk
  West Des Moines   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Windsor Heights   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clive   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ringgold
  Beaconsfield   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ellston   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tingley   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kellerton   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Knowlton - Historic   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Ayr   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Diagonal   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Benton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Delphos   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Taylor
  Clearfield   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Union
  Thayer   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lorimor   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Afton   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Arispe   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Shannon City   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Creston   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kent   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Warren
  New Virginia   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Liberty Center   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Saint Marys   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Milo   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Prole   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Wayne
  Humeston   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Millerton   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Allerton   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Corydon   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clio   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lineville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Confidence   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Promise City   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Harrison (MO)
  Blythedale (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cainsville (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Eagleville (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hatfield (MO)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mercer (MO)
  South Lineville (MO)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mercer (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Osceola ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Osceola.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lacelle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Twyford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jamison Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fremont Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clarke Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Murray Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Kline Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woodburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ottawa Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rhoades Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beymer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Troy Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Osceola ...

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 79 newspapers that have been published in the area around Osceola.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Osceola. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Osceola and those printed in the larger area surrounding Osceola.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 34 miles [54.7 km] of Osceola.

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 Osceola had a population of 2,120 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Osceola had a population of 5,193 people.

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

Groveland - Historic   [Map]
 - While Groveland was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Osceola
 - Groveland had a post office and railroad service
 
Leslie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Osceola
 - Leslie had a post office and railroad service
 
Jamison   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Osceola
 - Jamison had a post office and railroad service
 
Lacelle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Osceola
 - Lacelle had a post office and no railroad service
 
Green Bay - Historic   [Map]
 - While Green Bay was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Osceola
 - Green Bay had a post office and railroad service
 
Weldon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Osceola
 - Weldon had a post office and railroad service
 
Woodburn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 386 people (with 198 people in 2018)
 - Woodburn had a post office and railroad service
 
Murray   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 666 people (with 710 people in 2018)
 - Murray had a post office and railroad service
 
Smyrna   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Smyrna had a post office and no railroad service

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

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adair County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dallas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Decatur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lucas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Madison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marion County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monroe County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ringgold County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Taylor County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Union County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wayne County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harrison County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mercer County (MO):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Clarke County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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 ...
      Missouri

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Osceola ...

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

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 Osceola:

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

1924 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Osceola


We have found Osceola in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Osceola for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Clarke County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clarke County: www.clarkecountyia.org/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Osceola) 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 Osceola. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Osceola

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Osceola. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0314, Longitude: -93.7741     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Osceola 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Osceola, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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