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Our Genealogy Helper for Oakdale ...

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 Oakdale (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 Oakdale. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Oakdale is located in Johnson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Johnson County: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine & Washington.

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

  DirDistance
Johnson     (The home county for Oakdale)
  Coralville   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  North Liberty   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Solon   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hills   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Windham   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Benton
  Walford   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Norway   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Atkins   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Newhall   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Cedar
  West Branch   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Downey   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Clinton
  Toronto   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Henry
  Coppock   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Olds   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Iowa
  Homestead   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Amana   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Middle Amana   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  North English   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ladora   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Jefferson
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jones
  Martelle   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Morley   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Olin   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Amber   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oxford Mills   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Center Junction   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Langworthy   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Keokuk
  Kinross   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Keota   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  South English   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sigourney   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Linn
  Ely   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lincolnway Village   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fairfax   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Grand View Village   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Cedar Hills   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hiawatha   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Marion   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Squaw Creek Village   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
 
Louisa
  Cotter   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Letts   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Muscatine
  West Liberty   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Poweshiek
  Guernsey   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hartwick   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Scott
  New Liberty   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Washington
  Kalona   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Washington   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Oakdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oakdale.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Morman Burying Ground   [Map]     
  SSE Handcart Pioneer Burial Ground   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Alt Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Ridgewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Summerhays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Agudas Achim Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Newport Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Unity Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Welsh Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Memory Gardens Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Mary's Newport Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Greencastle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Hummer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE North Scott Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Morse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Shueyville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Eash Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Yoder Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Dupont Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Sulek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Windham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Graper Farm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW John Helmuth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Sharon Center United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Mentzer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Earhart Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Thompson - Cherry Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Blain Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Truhlar Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Oxford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Oakdale ...

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 170 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oakdale, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oakdale.

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>

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

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

North Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 138 people (with 19,239 people in 2018)
 - North Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tiffin   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 56 people (with 3,670 people in 2018)
 - Tiffin had a post office and railroad service
 
Iowa City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 7,016 people (with 76,290 people in 2018)
 - Iowa City had a post office and railroad service
 
Graham - Historic   [Map]
 - While Graham was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oakdale
 - Graham had railroad service and no post office
 
Cosgrove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oakdale
 - Cosgrove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Solon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 353 people (with 2,680 people in 2018)
 - Solon had a post office and railroad service
 
Sharon Center   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Oakdale
 - Sharon Center had a post office and no railroad service
 
Elmira   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Oakdale
 - Elmira had railroad service and no post office
 
Morse   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Morse had a post office and railroad service
 
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 515 people (with 807 people in 2018)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service
 
Windham   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Windham 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 Oakdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oakdale in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Oakdale:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

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 Johnson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cedar County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clinton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Henry County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Iowa County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jefferson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jones County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Keokuk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Linn County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Louisa County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Muscatine County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Scott County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Johnson County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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 ...
      Illinois

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Johnson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Johnson County: www.johnson-county.com/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oakdale) 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 Oakdale. 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 Oakdale

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakdale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7064, Longitude: -91.6029     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oakdale 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: findagrave.com.

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

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