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Our Genealogy Helper for Oswalt ...

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 Oswalt (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 Oswalt. 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.

Oswalt is located in Jasper County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jasper County: Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Story & Tama.

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

  DirDistance
Jasper     (The home county for Oswalt)
  Valeria   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Green Castle   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Ira   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Prairie City   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Metz   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Vandalia   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Newton   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Boone
  Madrid   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Luther   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boone   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dallas
  Granger   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Waukee   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Booneville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Woodward   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dallas Center   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Van Meter   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Minburn   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Adel   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bouton   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  DeSoto   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Hamilton
  Randall   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hardin
  Garden City   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Providence   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Madison
  Bevington   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Mahaska
  Peoria   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Evans   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marion
  Swan   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Otley   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pella   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bauer   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Attica   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Marshall
  Rhodes   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  State Center   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Laurel   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Albion   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Polk
  Mitchellville   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Poweshiek
  Grinnell   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Searsboro   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Malcom   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Story
  Collins   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Colo   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Slater   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Kelley   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fernald   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Tama
  Montour   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Warren
  Carlisle   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cumming   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Milo   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Prole   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Martensdale   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Oswalt ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oswalt.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE McKeever Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mitchellville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Colfax Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greencastle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sams Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Slaughter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Prairie Belle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kelley Family Burial Ground   [Map]     
  ESE Rorabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Waveland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mound Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Farrar Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kintz Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ashton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bondurant Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Flock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Spry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vandalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moffitt Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Church of the Brethren Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Independence Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Oswalt ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oswalt.

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

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, Oswalt had a post office and railroad service.

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

Valeria   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oswalt
 - Valeria had a post office and railroad service
 
Mitchellville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oswalt
 - 1895 population of 704 people (with 2,303 people in 2018)
 - Mitchellville had a post office and railroad service
 
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oswalt
 - 1895 population of 957 people (with 2,069 people in 2018)
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
 
Green Castle   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oswalt
 - 1895 population of 229 people
 - Green Castle had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mingo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Oswalt
 - Mingo had a post office and railroad service
 
Santiago   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oswalt
 - Santiago had a post office and railroad service
 
Prairie City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oswalt
 - 1895 population of 684 people (with 1,729 people in 2018)
 - Prairie City had a post office and railroad service
 
Ira   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oswalt
 - Ira had a post office and railroad service
 
Metz   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oswalt
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Metz 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 Oswalt. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oswalt 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 professional and volunteer 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 Oswalt:

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 Jasper County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dallas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hamilton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hardin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Madison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mahaska County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marion County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marshall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Story County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tama County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Oswalt:

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

Sixth Biennial Report of the State Mine Inspectors, Two Years Ending June 30, 1893

Published as a Legislative Document: The Twenty-Fifth General Assembly of the State of Iowa - Vol. 4


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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Jasper County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Oswalt) 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 Oswalt. 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 Oswalt

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oswalt. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6961, Longitude: -93.2977     [Map].

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

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