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Ottertail, British Columbia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ottertail ...

Although we found mention of Ottertail during our research, we really don't have any information about it.<1> Given the context of how Ottertail was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than a locale or some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it was a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists..

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 Ottertail (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 Ottertail. 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.

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 helpful websites 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 Ottertail:

  • 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 Alberta
    • Stories from British Columbia

Cemeteries Near Ottertail ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ottertail.

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

  • Mountain View Cemetery, Golden
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain View Cemetery, Golden
    • The Mountain View Cemetery, Golden is located outside and to the northeast of Golden.Mountain View Cemetery, Golden lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the west of Ottertail.
    • Mountain View Cemetery, Golden has also been known as:
    • Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery, Golden
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View Cemetery, Golden
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2543157<3>
  • Golden Community Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Golden Community Cemetery
    • The Golden Community Cemetery is a large cemetery that is located outside and to the southeast of Golden.To be more accurate, Golden Community Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the west of Ottertail.
    • Golden Community Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Golden Municipal Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golden Community Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2241354<3>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ottertail ...

With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us 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 Ottertail.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Gulf Oil Map of British Columbia (1925)

Published by Gulf Refinish Company

for Ottertail. See our Misc Page for Ottertail for more information.

Railroad Mentions for Ottertail:

Our notes show that we found a railroad map (origin and date unknown) that showed the location of Ottertail. We'll be adding more detail later.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in British Columbia

About British Columbia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Province of British Columbia:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Ottertail and then turned west". While Ottertail could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Ottertail as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Miller Creek to see Pete ... Miller Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Ottertail could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong . Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between is common, we searched and weren't able to find another British Columbia community named Ottertail.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Ottertail) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ottertail. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.3167, Longitude: -116.5500    
<3>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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