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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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Olean is located in Cattaraugus County.

To see how the shape of New York's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cattaraugus County: Allegany, Chautauqua, Erie, Wyoming, McKean (PA) & Warren (PA).

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:

  • Cattaraugus County     (The home county of Olean)
    • Olean [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olean
      • Olean [Cattaraugus County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,876 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olean have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olean
    • Saint Bonaventure [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Bonaventure
      • Saint Bonaventure [Cattaraugus County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Bonaventure have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Bonaventure
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Bonaventure<3>
    • Allegany [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allegany
      • Allegany [Cattaraugus County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,696 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allegany have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allegany
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Allegany<3>
    • Weston Mills [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weston Mills
      • Weston Mills [Cattaraugus County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weston Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weston Mills
    • Allegany [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allegany
      • Allegany [Cattaraugus County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,547 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allegany have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allegany
    • Portville [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portville
      • Portville [Cattaraugus County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,518 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portville
    • Rock City [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock City
      • Rock City [Cattaraugus County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock City
    • Portville [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portville
      • Portville [Cattaraugus County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 948 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Portville<3>
    • Hinsdale [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinsdale
      • Hinsdale [Cattaraugus County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,042 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hinsdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hinsdale
    • Humphrey [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Humphrey
      • Humphrey [Cattaraugus County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 646 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Humphrey have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Humphrey
    • Humphrey [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Humphrey
      • Humphrey [Cattaraugus County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Humphrey
    • Carrollton [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrollton
      • Carrollton [Cattaraugus County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,204 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carrollton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrollton
  • Allegany County
    • Clarksville [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarksville
      • Clarksville [Allegany County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,083 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarksville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarksville
    • Genesee [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Genesee
      • Genesee [Allegany County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,599 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Genesee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Genesee
    • West Clarksville [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Clarksville
      • West Clarksville [Allegany County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Clarksville
    • Bowler [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bowler
      • Bowler [Allegany County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowler
    • Little Genesee [Allegany County]
    • Cuba [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cuba
      • Cuba [Allegany County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,474 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cuba have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cuba
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cuba<3>
    • Bolivar [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bolivar
      • Bolivar [Allegany County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 976 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bolivar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bolivar<3>
    • Cuba [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cuba
      • Cuba [Allegany County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,076 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cuba have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cuba
    • Richburg [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richburg
      • Richburg [Allegany County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 419 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richburg<3>
    • Bolivar [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bolivar
      • Bolivar [Allegany County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,042 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bolivar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bolivar
    • Wirt [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wirt
      • Wirt [Allegany County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,036 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wirt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wirt
    • Lyons Corners [Allegany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyons Corners
      • Lyons Corners [Allegany County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyons Corners
  • Chautauqua County
    • Carroll [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carroll
      • Carroll [Chautauqua County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,329 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carroll have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carroll
    • Poland [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poland
      • Poland [Chautauqua County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,223 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poland
    • Ellington [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellington
      • Ellington [Chautauqua County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,546 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ellington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellington
    • Frewsburg [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frewsburg
      • Frewsburg [Chautauqua County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frewsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frewsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frewsburg<3>
    • Cherry Creek [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherry Creek
      • Cherry Creek [Chautauqua County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 431 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherry Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherry Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cherry Creek<3>
    • Cherry Creek [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherry Creek
      • Cherry Creek [Chautauqua County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,046 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherry Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherry Creek
    • Falconer [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falconer
      • Falconer [Chautauqua County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,247 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Falconer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falconer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Falconer<3>
    • Kiantone [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kiantone
      • Kiantone [Chautauqua County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,282 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kiantone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kiantone
    • Villenova [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Villenova
      • Villenova [Chautauqua County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,067 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Villenova have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Villenova
    • Jamestown [Chautauqua County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jamestown
      • Jamestown [Chautauqua County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 29,058 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jamestown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jamestown<3>
  • Erie County
    • Springville [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springville
      • Springville [Erie County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,288 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springville<3>
    • Sardinia [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sardinia
      • Sardinia [Erie County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,794 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sardinia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sardinia
    • Concord [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concord
      • Concord [Erie County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,472 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Concord have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Concord
    • Collins [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collins
      • Collins [Erie County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,260 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collins
    • Holland [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holland
      • Holland [Erie County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,343 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holland
    • Holland [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holland
      • Holland [Erie County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Holland<3>
    • Boston [Erie County]
    • Colden [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colden
      • Colden [Erie County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,352 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colden
    • North Collins [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Collins
      • North Collins [Erie County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,483 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Collins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Collins
  • Livingston County
    • Dalton [Livingston County]
    • Portage [Livingston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portage
      • Portage [Livingston County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 836 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portage have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
  • Steuben County
    • Greenwood [Steuben County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Steuben County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 763 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood
    • West Union [Steuben County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Union
      • West Union [Steuben County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 300 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Union have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Union
    • Rexville [Steuben County]
    • Greenwood [Steuben County]
    • Hartsville [Steuben County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartsville
      • Hartsville [Steuben County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 576 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hartsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartsville
  • Wyoming County
    • Arcade [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arcade
      • Arcade [Wyoming County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,933 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arcade have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arcade
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arcade<3>
    • Arcade [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arcade
      • Arcade [Wyoming County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,097 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arcade have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arcade
    • Eagle [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle
      • Eagle [Wyoming County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,167 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eagle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle
    • Pike [Wyoming County]
    • Pike [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pike
      • Pike [Wyoming County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,059 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pike have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pike
    • Genesee Falls [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Genesee Falls
      • Genesee Falls [Wyoming County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 414 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Genesee Falls have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Genesee Falls
    • Java [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Java
      • Java [Wyoming County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,961 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Java have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Java
    • Java Village [Wyoming County]
    • Wethersfield [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wethersfield
      • Wethersfield [Wyoming County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 850 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wethersfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wethersfield
  • Cameron County (PA)
    • Emporium [Cameron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emporium
      • Emporium [Cameron County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,816 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Emporium have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emporium
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emporium<3>
  • Elk County (PA)
    • James City [Elk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for James City
      • James City [Elk County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for James City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on James City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for James City<3>
  • McKean County (PA)
    • Eldred [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eldred
      • Eldred [McKean County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 761 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eldred have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eldred
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eldred<3>
    • Derrick City [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Derrick City
      • Derrick City [McKean County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Derrick City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Derrick City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Derrick City<3>
    • Dallas City [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dallas City
      • Dallas City [McKean County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dallas City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dallas City
    • Sawyer City [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sawyer City
      • Sawyer City [McKean County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sawyer City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sawyer City
    • Bradford [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bradford
      • Bradford [McKean County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,210 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bradford
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    • Allen [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allen
      • Allen [McKean County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allen
    • Custer City [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Custer City
      • Custer City [McKean County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Custer City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Custer City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Custer City<3>
    • Smethport [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smethport
      • Smethport [McKean County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,530 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smethport have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smethport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Smethport<3>
    • Lewis Run [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewis Run
      • Lewis Run [McKean County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 567 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewis Run have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewis Run
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewis Run<3>
    • Port Allegany [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Allegany
      • Port Allegany [McKean County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,998 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Port Allegany have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Allegany
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Port Allegany<3>
    • Tallyho [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tallyho
      • Tallyho [McKean County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tallyho
    • Mount Jewett [McKean County]
  • Potter County (PA)
    • Shinglehouse [Potter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shinglehouse
      • Shinglehouse [Potter County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,054 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shinglehouse
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shinglehouse<3>
    • Millport [Potter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millport
      • Millport [Potter County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Millport
    • Oswayo [Potter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oswayo
      • Oswayo [Potter County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 131 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oswayo
    • Ellisburg [Potter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellisburg
      • Ellisburg [Potter County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellisburg
    • Coudersport [Potter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coudersport
      • Coudersport [Potter County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,404 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coudersport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coudersport<3>
    • Austin [Potter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Austin
      • Austin [Potter County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 531 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Austin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Austin
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    • Ulysses [Potter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ulysses
      • Ulysses [Potter County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the east of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 579 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ulysses have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ulysses
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ulysses<3>
  • Warren County (PA)
    • Clarendon [Warren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarendon
      • Clarendon [Warren County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 424 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarendon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarendon<3>
    • Warren [Warren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Warren
      • Warren [Warren County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,049 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Warren have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Warren
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Warren<3>
    • Sheffield [Warren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sheffield
      • Sheffield [Warren County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sheffield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sheffield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sheffield<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of 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 119 newspapers that have been published in the area around Olean.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Olean. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Olean and those printed in the larger area surrounding Olean.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km] of Olean.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Olean:

  • 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 New York
    • Stories from Pennsylvania

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 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.

  • Mt. View Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. View Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. View Cemetery
  • St. Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Portville Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Portville Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Portville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portville Cemetery
  • Pleasant Valley Cemetery
  • B'nai B'rith Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the B'nai B'rith Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the B'nai B'rith Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on B'nai B'rith Cemetery
  • Allegany Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Chestnut Hill Cemetery
    • East Portville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the East Portville Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the East Portville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • East Portville Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Portville Cemetery
    • Fivemile Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fivemile Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fivemile Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Fivemile Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Olean.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fivemile Cemetery
    • Hinsdale Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hinsdale Cemetery
      • Hinsdale Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Olean.
      • Hinsdale Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Maplehurst Cemetery
      • Scotts Corners Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hinsdale Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #64854<4>
    • West Genesee Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the West Genesee Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the West Genesee Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • West Genesee Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Olean.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Genesee Cemetery
    • Maple Grove Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Maple Grove Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Maple Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Maple Grove Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Olean.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maple Grove Cemetery
    • Lamphier Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lamphier Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lamphier Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lamphier Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Olean.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lamphier Cemetery
    • Oak Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Oak Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Oak Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Oak Hill Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Olean.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Hill Cemetery
    • Evergreen Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Evergreen Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Evergreen Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Evergreen Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen Cemetery

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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Olean had a population of 7,358 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2019, Olean had a population of 13,437 people.

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

  • Olean [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olean
    • Olean [Cattaraugus County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Olean
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 7,358 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 13,437 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Olean had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olean
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olean<3>
  • Allegany [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allegany
    • Allegany [Cattaraugus County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Olean
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,568 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,696 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Allegany had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allegany have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allegany
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Allegany<3>
  • Westons Mills [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westons Mills
    • Westons Mills [Cattaraugus County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Olean
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 154 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Westons Mills had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westons Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westons Mills
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westons Mills<3>
  • Four Mile [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Four Mile
    • Four Mile [Cattaraugus County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Olean
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 415 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Four Mile had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Four Mile have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Four Mile
  • Haymaker [McKean County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haymaker
    • Haymaker [McKean County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Olean
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 239 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Haymaker had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haymaker have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haymaker
  • Portville [Cattaraugus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portville
    • Portville [Cattaraugus County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 706 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 948 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Portville had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Portville<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Hinsdale [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinsdale
      • Hinsdale [Cattaraugus County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Olean
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 600 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Hinsdale had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hinsdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hinsdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hinsdale<3>
    • Chipmunk [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chipmunk
      • Chipmunk [Cattaraugus County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Chipmunk had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chipmunk have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chipmunk
    • Bullis Mills [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bullis Mills
      • Bullis Mills [McKean County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Olean
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bullis Mills had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bullis Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bullis Mills
    • Haskell Flats [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haskell Flats
      • Haskell Flats [Cattaraugus County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Olean
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Haskell Flats had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Haskell Flats have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haskell Flats
    • Vandalia [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vandalia
      • Vandalia [Cattaraugus County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Vandalia had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vandalia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vandalia
    • South Vandalia [Cattaraugus County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Vandalia
      • South Vandalia [Cattaraugus County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Olean
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, South Vandalia had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Vandalia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Vandalia
    • Eldred [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eldred
      • Eldred [McKean County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Olean
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,050 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 761 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Eldred had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eldred have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eldred
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eldred<3>
    • Bells Camp [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bells Camp
      • Bells Camp [McKean County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 216 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bells Camp had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bells Camp have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bells Camp
    • Red Rock [McKean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Rock
      • Red Rock [McKean County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Olean
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Red Rock had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Rock

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

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 Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Olean: www.cityofolean.com/

The official website for Cattaraugus County: www.co.cattaraugus.ny.us/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Olean) 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 Olean. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Olean

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olean. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0799, Longitude: -78.4375    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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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