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Oakdale, Nebraska

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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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Oakdale is located in Antelope County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Antelope County: Boone, Holt, Knox, Madison, Pierce & Wheeler.

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:

Antelope     (The home county for Oakdale)
  Neligh   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Elgin   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Brunswick   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Royal   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Orchard   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Albion   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vorhees   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boone   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Primrose   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saint Edward   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Magnet   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Randolph   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Spalding   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deloit   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Knievels Corner   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ewing   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Page   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Inman   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Creighton   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bazile Mills   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Winnetoon   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Venus - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Walnut   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Verdigre   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wausa   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Center   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bloomfield   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Meadow Grove   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Emerick   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Battle Creek   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fairview - Historic   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Newman Grove   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Norfolk   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Madison   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Foster   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Plainview   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Breslau   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Pierce   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hadar   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Osmond   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wee Town   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McLean   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lindsay   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Bernard   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rosenburg   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cornlea   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Humphrey   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Creston   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tarnov   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hoskins   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sholes   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 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 &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. Boniface Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW West Cedar Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSW St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Zion West Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NW LDS Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Willowdale Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of 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 327 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakdale.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Oakdale. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Oakdale and those printed in the larger area surrounding Oakdale.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km] of 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Oakdale had a population of 630 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Oakdale had a population of 297 people.

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

Neligh   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oakdale
 - Neligh had no post office or railroad service
Neligh   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oakdale
 - 1895 population of 1,209 people (with 1,516 people in 2017)
 - Neligh had a post office and railroad service
Tilden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oakdale
 - Tilden had no post office or railroad service
Tilden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oakdale
 - Tilden had a post office and railroad service
Elgin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oakdale
 - Elgin had no post office or railroad service
Elgin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oakdale
 - Elgin had a post office and railroad service
Meadow Grove   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oakdale
 - Meadow Grove had no post office or railroad service
Meadow Grove   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oakdale
 - Meadow Grove had a post office and railroad service
Closter   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oakdale
 - Closter had no post office or 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 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 - 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 Oakdale:

These websites are specific to Nebraska:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Library/Archives Division of the Nebraska State Historical Society

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Nebraska to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Antelope County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Greeley County:     Cyndi's



Holt County:     Cyndi's



Knox County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Pierce County:     Cyndi's



Platte County:     Cyndi's



Stanton County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Wheeler County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Nebraska:

Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Nebraska   Cemetery Wiki for Nebraska
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Nebraska

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 Nebraska

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oakdale ...

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

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 Oakdale:

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

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Oakdale

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Antelope County

About Nebraska

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 Antelope County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: 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: 42.0701, Longitude: -97.9672     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oakdale have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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