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Our Genealogy Helper for Oak Creek ...

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 Oak Creek (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 Oak Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Oak Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations, abbreviations or people who just guessed at the name.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Oak Creek: Oak Crk. (or less commonly used: Oak Ck. or Oak Cr.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 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.

Oak Creek is located in Yavapai County.

To see how the shape of Arizona's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Yavapai County: Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa & Mohave.

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

  • Yavapai County     (The home county of Oak Creek)
    • Big Park [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Park
      • Big Park [Yavapai County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Oak Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Park
    • Sedona [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sedona
      • Sedona [Yavapai County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Oak Creek
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,339 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sedona
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sedona<3>
    • West Sedona [Yavapai County]
    • Rimrock [Yavapai County]
    • Lake Montezuma [Yavapai County]
    • McGuireville [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McGuireville
      • McGuireville [Yavapai County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Oak Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McGuireville
    • Cornville [Yavapai County]
    • Smelter City [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smelter City
      • Smelter City [Yavapai County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Oak Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smelter City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smelter City
    • Cottonwood [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood
      • Cottonwood [Yavapai County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Oak Creek
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,253 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cottonwood<3>
    • Clemenceau [Yavapai County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clemenceau
      • Clemenceau [Yavapai County] was located 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Oak Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clemenceau have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Camp Verde [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp Verde
      • Camp Verde [Yavapai County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Oak Creek
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,187 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Verde
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Camp Verde<3>
    • Clarkdale [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarkdale
      • Clarkdale [Yavapai County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Oak Creek
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,391 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarkdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarkdale<3>
  • Coconino County
    • Munds Park [Coconino County]
    • Stoneman Lake [Coconino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stoneman Lake
      • Stoneman Lake [Coconino County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Oak Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stoneman Lake
    • Mormon Lake [Coconino County]
    • Happy Jack [Coconino County]
    • Mountainaire [Coconino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountainaire
      • Mountainaire [Coconino County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Oak Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountainaire
    • Rockledge [Coconino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockledge
      • Rockledge [Coconino County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Oak Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockledge
    • Kachina Village [Coconino County]
    • Flagstaff [Coconino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flagstaff
      • Flagstaff [Coconino County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Oak Creek
      • Estimated population in 2019: 75,038 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flagstaff
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flagstaff<3>
    • Clints Well [Coconino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clints Well
      • Clints Well [Coconino County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Oak Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clints Well
    • Bellemont [Coconino County]
    • Parks [Coconino County]
    • Williams [Coconino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williams
      • Williams [Coconino County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Oak Creek
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,248 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williams
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williams<3>
  • Gila County

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

Newspapers Published in Oak Creek ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oak Creek, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oak Creek.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Oak Creek:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Arizona

Cemeteries Near Oak Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oak Creek.

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

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.<6>

While we didn't find Oak Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oak Creek.

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

  • Cornville [Yavapai County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cornville
    • Cornville [Yavapai County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Oak Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cornville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cornville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cornville<3>
  • Verde [Yavapai County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Verde
    • Verde [Yavapai County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Oak Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Verde had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Verde have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Verde
  • Cottonwood [Yavapai County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood
    • Cottonwood [Yavapai County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Oak Creek
    • Estimated population in 2019: 12,253 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cottonwood had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cottonwood<3>
  • Camp Verde [Yavapai County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp Verde
    • Camp Verde [Yavapai County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Oak Creek
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 47 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 11,187 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Camp Verde had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Verde
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Camp Verde<3>
  • Jerome [Yavapai County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jerome
    • Jerome [Yavapai County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Oak Creek
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 250 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 455 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Jerome had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jerome
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jerome<3>
  • Cherry [Yavapai County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherry
    • Cherry [Yavapai County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Oak Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cherry had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherry
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cherry<3>
  • Flagstaff [Coconino County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flagstaff
    • Flagstaff [Coconino County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Oak Creek
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 963 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 75,038 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Flagstaff had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flagstaff
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flagstaff<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Oak Creek. See our List of 1890's Communities around Oak Creek.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Yavapai County: www.co.yavapai.az.us/

The official website for State of Arizona: https://az.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- Oak Creek) 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 Oak Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oak Creek

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Creek. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7817, Longitude: -111.7632    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>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 Oak Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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