Orange City

Submitted by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society.

ORANGE CITY- 1870, Sioux County, Holland Township, Incorporated 1884


  • West Lawn Cemetery, Elmer Huisenga or City Clerk is the record keeper. A hotel fire destroyed the early records prior to 1903. Plot records have been reconstructed where possible.


  • Van Etten was an undertaker from 1930s through 1970s. Before his time there were several earlier morticians.


  • First Reformed Church was organized 6 May 1871. They have a 1921 history written in Dutch and a 1971 history, both are available at the Public and Ramaker Library in Orange City.
  • Christian Reformed Church was established 14 July 1871. A 1971 History is at both libraries.
  • American Reformed Church was organized 1885.
  • Trinity Reformed Church
  • Hope Reformed Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Redeemer and Dover Alliance Churches


  • Orange City Public Library, 112 Albany SE Orange City IA 51041 Ph: 712-737-4302. Hours - Mon-Thurs 9-9pm, Fri 8-5pm,Sat 10-5pm. The Public Library does not shelf a lot of genealogical related material because of the close proximity of Ramaker Library which houses the Dutch Heritage Room with resources as listed below.
    Items of interest: 1913 and 1935 Atlases of Sioux County; accelerated Index of the 1836 Iowa Territorial Census; History of Orange City Tulip Festival, Anniversary Histories of Pella, Orange City, Maurice and Sioux Center; many Church Anniversary
    Booklets; a section on Iowa Histories; many others mentioned in the Bibliography. Microfilm of the Sioux County Capital Democrat newspapers from abt 1935 to presemt. Microfilm reader.
  • Ramaker Library on Northwestern College Campus -- (Photo Postcard~courtesy of the David Shedlock Iowa Collection)
    • Dutch Heritage Room - Located in the Ramaker Library at Northwestern College Orange City Iowa Judy Hilbelink is curator. It has the largest collection of Dutch material in the area. Items of interest: 1870,1880,1900,1910, & 1920 Census of Sioux County on microfilm; Sioux County Atlases for 1908 (Standard Historical - this is especially valuable for Sioux County research), 1923, 1970, and 1976; Iowa Atlases for 1912 and 1924; Dutch Immigration Index 1820-1880 and Dutch Households in US Census 1850,1860,1870 by Robert P. Swierenga; Sioux County Cemetery Index and card catalog transcribed between 1979 and 1982. Information listed is from headstones in all Sioux cemeteries. Regional Histories Index Card Catalog serves as a means of surname access to the contents of many Iowa regional histories, the books referenced are in the Dutch Heritage room F621-F657. For Sioux County History books see The Story of Sioux County by Charles Dyke and A History of Sioux County by G. Nelson Nieuenhuis.
      Many family histories, town and church histories of this area; histories of other Dutch settlements; many books useful for research of Dutch in New York; Guide to Dutch-American Historical Collections of Western Michigan; Guide to Archives of Central College of Pella; early Justice Dockets, deed, mortgage contracts, marriages etc. of Sioux County; old letters of Henry Hospers; John Hospersí Diary (Dutch); letter of Sjoerd Sipma sent to the Netherlands from Pella; Most of the books listed in the Bibliography. A microfilm reader-printer is available.
      The vault in the Dutch Heritage Room contain many to the above items, ask a library assistant for access. Internet access to College Catalog in which regional histories will be included.

Newspaper files

  • De Volk Vriend (Dutch Language) 20 Jun. 1874 through 27 December 1935 is on microfilm at the Ramaker Library. 
  • Sioux County Herald from 1872 though December 1907 is on microfilm at Ramaker Library Northwestern College.
  • Contacts - Judy Hilbelink, curator Ramaker Library, Anita Vogel is reference librarian.


Sioux County Courthouse 

  • Note - birth, marriage, and death records are now in Recorderís office.
  • Clerk of Court - Most of the records have been micro filmed. In about 1984 the LDS Genealogical library microfilmed the older records 1870-abt 1930. The Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society has purchased mirco filmed copies of the older births, marriages deaths, naturalization and probate records. These can be viewed and printed at the Sioux Center Library. The old birth and death records are very incomplete.
  • Recorder - has land records and can trace location by use of the grantor-grantee index. Of particular interest is the book of original owners of land. From this record you can obtain the Homestead Certificate Number and the legal description of the land and can then send for the Homestead papers from the National Archives.


  • Centennial Anniversary Book of Orange City 1870 - 1970,
  • History of Orange City Tulip Festival by Vander Stoep,
  • Biography of Henry Hospers by Niewenhuis;
  • History of Education in Sioux County to 1940;
  • Holland Township by Thomas Noteboom 1966.
  • The Story of Sioux County by Charles Dyke 1942;
  • Siouxland a History of Sioux County by G. Nelson Niewenhuis - 1984.
  • Plus many more area town histories. Items located in Dutch Heritage Room Ramaker Library on the Northwestern College Campus Orange City, IA.


  • Historical Society - Phares LeFever was secretary Museum is south of Court House.

*last update 7/3/2019 

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