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Our Genealogy Helper for Oyens ...

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 Oyens (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 Oyens. 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.

Oyens is located in Plymouth County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Plymouth County: Cherokee, Sioux, Woodbury & Union (SD).

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

Plymouth     (The home county for Oyens)
  Remsen   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Le Mars   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Struble   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brunsville   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Merrill   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kingsley   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Adaville   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Akron   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Westfield   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Buena Vista
  Alta   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Marcus   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cleghorn   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Meriden   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Quimby   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Washta   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cherokee   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Larrabee   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Aurelia   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Holstein   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Galva   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Doon   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  George   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Alvord   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Inwood   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Paullina   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Archer   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Calumet   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sheldon   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Primghar   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sutherland   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sanborn   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hartley   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moneta   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ashton   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Melvin   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cloverdale   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alton   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Maurice   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Orange City   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Granville   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ireton   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sioux Center   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  McNally   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Westbrook Village   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hospers   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hawarden   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lebanon   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chatsworth   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Boyden   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pierson   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Moville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lawton   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Holiday Village   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Correctionville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Regency of Sioux City   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sioux City   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bronson   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Anthon   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sergeant Bluff   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Climbing Hill   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Dakota (NE)
  South Sioux City (NE)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dakota City (NE)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Jackson (NE)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Willis (NE)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Homer (NE)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hubbard (NE)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dixon (NE)
  Ponca (NE)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clay (SD)
  Alsen (SD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Burbank (SD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Greenfield (SD)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (SD)
  Hudson (SD)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairview (SD)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Moe (SD)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Perkins (SD)
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Union (SD)
  Jefferson (SD)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McCook Lake (SD)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  North Sioux City (SD)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Richland (SD)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dakota Dunes (SD)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alcester (SD)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Elk Point (SD)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nora (SD)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Spink (SD)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Emmet (SD)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Junction City (SD)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Beresford (SD)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Oyens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oyens.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE St. Catherines Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Remsen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Seney City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Le Mars Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Eason Family Burial Plot   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Oyens ...

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 133 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oyens.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oyens, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oyens.

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 Oyens had a population of 112 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Oyens had a population of 101 people.

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

Remsen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Oyens
 - 1895 population of 580 people (with 1,621 people in 2018)
 - Remsen had a post office and railroad service
Seney   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oyens
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Seney had a post office and railroad service
Le Mars   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oyens
 - 1895 population of 4,036 people (with 9,996 people in 2018)
 - Le Mars had a post office and railroad service
O'Leary   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Oyens
 - O'Leary had a post office and no railroad service
Carnes   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Oyens
 - Carnes had a post office and railroad service
Union Center   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Oyens
 - Union Center had a post office and no railroad service
Struble   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oyens
 - Struble had a post office and railroad service
Merrill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oyens
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 736 people in 2018)
 - Merrill 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 Oyens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oyens 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 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 Oyens:

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 Plymouth County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Buena Vista County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Ida County:     Cyndi's



Lyon County:     Cyndi's



O'Brien County:     Cyndi's

Osceola County:     Cyndi's



Sioux County:     Cyndi's



Woodbury County:     Cyndi's



Dakota County (NE):     Cyndi's



Dixon County (NE):     Cyndi's



Clay County (SD):     Cyndi's



Lincoln County (SD):     Cyndi's



Perkins County (SD):     Cyndi's



Union County (SD):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Plymouth 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 ...
      South Dakota

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oyens ...

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

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 Oyens:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Plymouth County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Plymouth County:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oyens) 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 Oyens. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oyens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oyens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8198, Longitude: -96.0581     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oyens 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 Oyens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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