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Our Genealogy Helper for Otho ...

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 Otho (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 Otho. 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 and doctors 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.

Otho is located in Webster County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Webster County: Boone, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas & Wright.

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

  DirDistance
Webster     (The home county for Otho)
  Coalville   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Cypsum City - Historic   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Evanston   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Fort Dodge   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Burnside   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Lehigh   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brushy   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Palm Grove   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Moorland   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Duncombe   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Callender   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Harcourt   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Boone
  Boxholm   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pilot Mound   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fraser   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ogden   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Boone   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Moingona   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Berkley   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Luther   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Calhoun
  Somers   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Knierim   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Farnhamville   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rinard   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Manson   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lohrville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Rockwell City   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Twin Lakes   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pomeroy   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jolley   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lake City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lytton   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Yetter   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Carroll
  Lanesboro   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ralston   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Glidden   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lidderdale   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Dallas
  Bouton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Perry   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Franklin
  Oakland   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Popejoy   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Greene
  Paton   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Dana   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Churdan   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Grand Junction   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rippey   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Scranton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cooper   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Guthrie
  Jamaica   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hamilton
  Stratford   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Webster City   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stanhope   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kamrar   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Blairsburg   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jewell   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Randall   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Williams   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Hancock
  Kanawha   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Corwith   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hardin
  Radcliffe   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alden   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Humboldt
  Thor   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Pioneer   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dakota City   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rutland   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gilmore City   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Arnold   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hardy   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Renwick   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bradgate   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Livermore   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bode   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ottosen   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Kossuth
  Lu Verne   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Irvington   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Palo Alto
  West Bend   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pocahontas
  Palmer   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pocahontas   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rolfe   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fonda   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Havelock   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Plover   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Sac
  Auburn   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Grant City   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Story
  Zenorsville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Story City   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ontario   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Roland   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ames   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wright
  Woolstock   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Eagle Grove   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Goldfield   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Holmes   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clarion   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Galt   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cornelia   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Solberg - Historic   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dows   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rowan   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belmond   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Otho ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Otho.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Otho Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Graceland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Elkhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Border Plains Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Olafs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW C C Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Callender Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Corpus Christi Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blanchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Our Lady of Good Council Cemetery   [Map]     
  N North Lawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Ober & Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willowledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fulton Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Concordia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hartman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Colfax Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burns Family Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Our Saviour Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McGuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Lizzard Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Otho ...

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 208 newspapers that have been published in the area around Otho.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Otho, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Otho.

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 Otho had a population of 47 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Otho had a population of 516 people.

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

Kalo   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Kalo had a post office and railroad service
 
Coalville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Coalville had a post office and railroad service
 
Evanston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Otho
 - Evanston had a post office and railroad service
 
Fort Dodge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 4,871 people (with 24,098 people in 2018)
 - Fort Dodge had a post office and railroad service
 
Burnside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Otho
 - Burnside had a post office and railroad service
 
Border Plains   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Otho
 - Border Plains had a post office and railroad service
 
Lehigh   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 870 people (with 397 people in 2018)
 - Lehigh had a post office and railroad service
 
Judd   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Judd had a post office and railroad service
 
Brushy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Otho
 - Brushy 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 Otho. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Otho 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 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 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 Otho:

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 Webster County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Calhoun County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Carroll County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dallas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Franklin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greene County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Guthrie County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hamilton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hancock County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hardin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Humboldt County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Kossuth County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Palo Alto County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sac County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Story County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wright County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

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

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

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 Otho:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Webster County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Webster County: www.webstercountyia.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 '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- Otho) 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 Otho. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Otho

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otho. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4247, Longitude: -94.1504     [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 Otho, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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