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Our Genealogy Helper for Ottumwa ...

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 Ottumwa (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 Ottumwa. 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Ottumwa is located in Wapello County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wapello County: Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Monroe & Van Buren.

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

Wapello     (The home county for Ottumwa)
  Agency   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Cliffland   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Chillicothe   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Kirkville   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Competine   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Eldon   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Blakesburg   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Unionville   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Moravia   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Orleans   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Udell   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rathbun   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Walnut City   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mystic   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brazil   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Exline   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cincinnati   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Floris   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Drakesville   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Paris   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  West Grove   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rome   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  North English   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Linby   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hedrick   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hayesville   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ollie   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Delta   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Richland   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sigourney   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  What Cheer   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Thornburg   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Harper   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Webster   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cedar   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wright   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Keomah Village   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lakonta   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rose Hill   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  University Park   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Beacon   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Evans   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Indianapolis   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Attica   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pella   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Albia   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lovilia   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Van Buren
  Selma   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Douds   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Leando   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Keosauqua   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cantril   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stockport   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Confidence   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Putnam (MO)
  Livonia (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pearl City (MO)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Schuyler (MO)
  Coatsville (MO)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lancaster (MO)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glenwood (MO)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Downing (MO)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Scotland (MO)
  Memphis (MO)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ottumwa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ottumwa.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hebrew Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ottumwa Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Shaul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW County Farm #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McIntire Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kitterman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dahlonega Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Memorial Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Wilkenson Grave   [Map]     
  E Round Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrison Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dexter Baby Grave   [Map]     
  ESE Agency City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nasby Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Pt. Isabel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chief Wapello Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCormick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bowen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ralston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sedore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brumsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bladensburg Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Comstock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Myrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chisman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Ormanville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rime Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Fiedler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Hackney Grave   [Map]     
  E Sterner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chillicothe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Wellman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sherman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Parrott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Railback Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Grave   [Map]     
  ENE Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Sedore Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ellsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Slagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Munterville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Chisman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Folgman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Towler Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ottumwa ...

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 129 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ottumwa.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ottumwa. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ottumwa and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ottumwa.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 27 miles [43.5 km] of Ottumwa.

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 Ottumwa had a population of 14,001 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Ottumwa had a population of 24,550 people.

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

East Ottumwa   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ottumwa
 - East Ottumwa had railroad service and no post office
Dahlonega   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ottumwa
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Dahlonega had a post office and no railroad service
Cliffland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ottumwa
 - Cliffland had railroad service and no post office
Agency   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ottumwa
 - 1895 population of 442 people (with 646 people in 2018)
 - Agency had a post office and railroad service
Keb - Historic   [Map]
 - While Keb was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ottumwa
 - Keb had a post office and no railroad service
Bidwell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Ottumwa
 - Bidwell had railroad service and no post office
Chillicothe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ottumwa
 - 1895 population of 214 people (with 98 people in 2018)
 - Chillicothe had a post office and railroad service
Ormanville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ottumwa
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Ormanville 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 Ottumwa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ottumwa 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 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 Ottumwa:

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 Wapello County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Appanoose County:     Cyndi's



Davis County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County (MO):     Cyndi's



Schuyler County (MO):     Cyndi's



Scotland County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Wapello County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Wapello 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ottumwa ...

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

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 Ottumwa:

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

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Wapello County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ottumwa:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ottumwa) 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 Ottumwa. 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 Ottumwa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ottumwa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0178, Longitude: -92.4108     [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:

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

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