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Our Genealogy Helper for Ossian ...

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 Ossian (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 Ossian. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Ossian is located in Winneshiek County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winneshiek County: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Fillmore (MN) & Houston (MN).

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

Winneshiek     (The home county for Ossian)
  Calmar   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Castalia   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Festina   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Fort Atkinson   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Decorah   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Spillville   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Jackson Junction   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bluffton   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Highlandville   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hesper   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Kendallville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Postville   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Waukon   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Dorchester   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lansing   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Albin   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Frederika   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tripoli   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Readlyn   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bremer   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stanley   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fairbank   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hazleton   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lamont   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lawler   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fredericksburg   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Hampton   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  North Washington   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alta Vista   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ionia   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bassett   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Luana   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Monona   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Farmersburg   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Saint Olaf   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Volga   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Elkader   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clayton Center   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Marquette   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McGregor   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mederville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Garnavillo   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Littleport   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Strawberry Point   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dundee   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Douglass   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint Lucas   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Clermont   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  West Union   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Waucoma   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Brainard   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Alpha   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hawkeye   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Donnan   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Randalia   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wadena   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Protivin   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cresco   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Vernon Springs   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Forest City - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lime Springs   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elma   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chester   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Fillmore (MN)
  Mabel (MN)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Canton (MN)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Newburg (MN)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harmony (MN)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Preston (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lanesboro (MN)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Houston (MN)
  Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Eitzen (MN)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Caledonia (MN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Crawford (WI)
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Prairie du Chien (WI)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  De Soto (WI)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bridgeport (WI)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ferryville (WI)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Freeman (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eastman (WI)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Seneca (WI)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grant (WI)
  Wyalusing (WI)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wyalusing (WI)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bagley (WI)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Vernon (WI)
  Wheatland (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Genoa (WI)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Genoa (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Retreat (WI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ossian ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ossian.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Ossian Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Francis DeSales Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Stavanger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Centennial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smallest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roy Schultz Property Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bruvold Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calmar Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Aloysius Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Auburn Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dover Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Washington Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Norwegian Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Anthonys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S George Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moneek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Frankville Village Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE North Washington Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Nutting Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pagin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kruse Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N St. Benedict Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Lukes Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Postville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Salem United Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Teslow Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N East Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phelps Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Haug Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Wenceslaus of Spillville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Clement Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ossian ...

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 166 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ossian.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ossian. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ossian and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ossian.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 32 miles [51.5 km] of Ossian.

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 Ossian had a population of 609 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Ossian had a population of 782 people.

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

Festina   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ossian
 - 1895 population of 141 people
 - Festina had a post office and no railroad service
Castalia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ossian
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 158 people in 2018)
 - Castalia had a post office and railroad service
Calmar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ossian
 - 1895 population of 813 people (with 923 people in 2018)
 - Calmar had a post office and railroad service
Nordness   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ossian
 - Nordness had a post office and railroad service
Eldorado   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ossian
 - 1895 population of 296 people
 - Eldorado had a post office and no railroad service
Frankville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ossian
 - 1895 population of 171 people
 - Frankville had a post office and no railroad service
Dover Mills   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Ossian
 - Dover Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Conover   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ossian
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Conover had a post office and railroad service
Fort Atkinson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Ossian
 - 1895 population of 480 people (with 322 people in 2018)
 - Fort Atkinson had a post office and railroad service
Saint Lucas   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ossian
 - Saint Lucas 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 Ossian. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ossian in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 Ossian:

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 Winneshiek County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Allamakee County:     Cyndi's



Bremer County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County:     Cyndi's



Chickasaw County:     Cyndi's



Clayton County:     Cyndi's



Delaware County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Howard County:     Cyndi's



Fillmore County (MN):     Cyndi's



Houston County (MN):     Cyndi's



Crawford County (WI):     Cyndi's



Grant County (WI):     Cyndi's



Vernon County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Winneshiek 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ossian ...

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

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 Ossian:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Winneshiek County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ossian. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ossian) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ossian. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ossian

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ossian. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1467, Longitude: -91.7648     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ossian 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 Ossian, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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