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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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Valley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Valley County: Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman & Wheeler.

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
Valley     (The home county for Olean)
  North Loup   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Ord   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Elyria   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
 
Boone
  Primrose   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Buffalo
  Sweetwater   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ravenna   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Custer
  Comstock   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wescott   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Sargent   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westerville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Weissert   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Berwyn   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Garfield
  Burwell   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gables - Historic   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Greeley
  Horace - Historic   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Scotia   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Greeley Center   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Greeley   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Brayton   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Spalding   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wolbach   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Hall
  Cairo   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Howard
  Cotesfield   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dannevirke   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Elba   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Farwell   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boelus   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Howard City   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dannebrog   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saint Libory   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Loup
  Taylor   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Merrick
  Palmer   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Nance
  Belgrade   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Sherman
  North Loup City   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ashton   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Loup City   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hazard   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Wheeler
  Ericson   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 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 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Hillside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mira Valley Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Ord City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Davis Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNE Amity Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Elyria Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  E Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  E Swedish Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SSE St. Mary 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 48 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Olean had railroad service and no post office.

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

Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Olean
 - Sumter had no post office or railroad service
 
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Olean
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
 
North Loup   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Olean
 - North Loup had no post office or railroad service
 
North Loup   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Olean
 - 1895 population of 386 people (with 293 people in 2017)
 - North Loup had a post office and railroad service
 
Ord   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Olean
 - Ord had no post office or railroad service
 
Ord   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Olean
 - 1895 population of 1,208 people (with 2,103 people in 2017)
 - Ord had a post office and railroad service
 
Horace - Historic   [Map]
 - While Horace was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Olean
 - Horace had no post office or railroad service
 
Horace - Historic   [Map]
 - While Horace was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Olean
 - Horace had a post office and railroad service
 
Scotia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Olean
 - Scotia 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 helpful 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 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 Valley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Buffalo County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Custer County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Garfield County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greeley County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Howard County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Loup County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Merrick County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Nance County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sherman County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wheeler 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Olean ...

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

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 Olean:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Olean

Published by Rand McNally & Co.


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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Nebraska

About Valley 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 Valley County: www.co.valley.ne.us/

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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: 41.5608, Longitude: -98.8076     [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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