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Our Genealogy Helper for Olean ...

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 Olean (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 Olean. 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Olean is located in Colfax County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colfax County: Butler, Cuming, Dodge, Platte, Saunders & Stanton.

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

  DirDistance
Colfax     (The home county for Olean)
  Howells   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Clarkson   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Leigh   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rogers   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Schuyler   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Richland   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Burt
  Oakland   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lyons   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Craig   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bertha   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tekamah   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Decatur   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Butler
  Linwood   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Abie   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Octavia   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bruno   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  David City   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brainard   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Garrison   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Millerton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cuming
  Aloys   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  West Point   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Beemer   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wisner   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Dakota
  Emerson   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dixon
  Wakefield   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Dodge
  Dodge   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Snyder   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Crowell   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Scribner   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  North Bend   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hooper   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Uehling   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Winslow   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ames   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nickerson   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Telbasta   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fontanelle   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Madison
  Madison   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Norfolk   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fairview - Historic   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Battle Creek   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Pierce
  Hadar   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wee Town   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Platte
  Creston   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Carriage House Estates   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Humphrey   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tarnov   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Platte Center   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sheldonville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cornlea   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oconee   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Bernard   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Duncan   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lindsay   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Saunders
  Morse Bluff   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Rescue - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedar Bluffs   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Prague   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Malmo   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Colon   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Leshara   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Weston   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wahoo   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Stanton
  Pilger   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Thurston
  Pender   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rosalie   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Thurston   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Walthill   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Macy   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Washington
  Arlington   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Herman   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Wayne
  Hoskins   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Winside   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Carroll   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Olean ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Olean.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W St.s Peter and Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Grove Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. John's Nepomucene Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Wenceslaus Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Snyder Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Boniface Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Olean ...

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 305 newspapers that have been published in the area around Olean.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Olean, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Olean.

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 Olean in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Olean.

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

Howells   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Olean
 - Howells had no post office or railroad service
 
Howells   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Olean
 - 1895 population of 197 people (with 552 people in 2017)
 - Howells had a post office and railroad service
 
Dodge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Olean
 - Dodge had no post office or railroad service
 
Dodge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Olean
 - 1895 population of 338 people (with 597 people in 2017)
 - Dodge had a post office and railroad service
 
Glencoe - Historic   [Map]
 - While Glencoe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Olean
 - Glencoe had no post office or railroad service
 
Glencoe - Historic   [Map]
 - While Glencoe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Olean
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Glencoe had a post office and no railroad service
 
Heun   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Olean
 - Heun had no post office or railroad service
 
Heun   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Olean
 - Heun had a post office and no railroad service
 
Snyder   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Olean
 - Snyder had no post office or railroad service
 
Snyder   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Olean
 - Snyder had a post office and railroad service
 
Monterey   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Olean
 - Monterey had no post office or railroad service
 
Monterey   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Olean
 - Monterey had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clarkson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Olean
 - Clarkson 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 Olean. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Olean in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Olean:

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 Colfax County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Burt County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Butler County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cuming County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dakota County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dixon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dodge County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Madison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pierce County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Platte County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saunders County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Stanton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Thurston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wayne County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Nebraska:

Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Nebraska
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Nebraska
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
Internment.net:   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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Iowa

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Colfax County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colfax County: www.colfaxcounty.ne.gov/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Olean) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olean. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7361, Longitude: -96.9453     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Olean 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 Olean, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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