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Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah

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Our Genealogy Helper for Oljato-Monument Valley ...

Although we found mention of Oljato-Monument Valley during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Oljato-Monument Valley was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than a locale or some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it was a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists..

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 Oljato-Monument Valley (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 Oljato-Monument Valley. 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.

Name Variations for Oljato-Monument Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations, abbreviations or people who just guessed at the name.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Oljato-Monument Valley: Oljato Monument Vly. (or less commonly used: Oljato Monument Vally. or Oljato Monument Vlly.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 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.

Oljato-Monument Valley is located in San Juan County.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of San Juan County: Apache (AZ), Coconino (AZ), Navajo (AZ), Dolores (CO), Montezuma (CO), Montrose (CO), San Miguel (CO), San Juan (NM), Emery, Garfield, Grand, Kane & Wayne.

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

  • San Juan County     (The home county of Oljato-Monument Valley)
    • Oljato [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oljato
      • Oljato [San Juan County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Oljato has also been known as:
      • Moonlight
      • Oljato Trading Post
      • Olje
      • Oljeto Trading Post
      • Oljeto
      • Oljetoh Trading Post
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oljato
    • Piute Farms [San Juan County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piute Farms
      • Piute Farms [San Juan County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the northwest of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Piute Farms. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • Halchita [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halchita
      • Halchita [San Juan County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halchita
    • Mexican Hat [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mexican Hat
      • Mexican Hat [San Juan County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the northeast of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Former name for Mexican Hat:
      • Goodridge
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mexican Hat
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mexican Hat<4>
    • Zahn's Camp [San Juan County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zahn's Camp
      • Zahn's Camp [San Juan County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the northwest of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Zahn's Camp. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • Rainbow City [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainbow City
      • Rainbow City [San Juan County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the west of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rainbow City have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainbow City
    • Navajo Mountain [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Navajo Mountain
      • Navajo Mountain [San Juan County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<2> to the west of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Navajo Mountain
    • Halls Crossing [San Juan County]
  • Apache County (AZ)
    • Dennehotso [Apache County]
    • Tes Nez Iah [Apache County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tes Nez Iah
      • Tes Nez Iah [Apache County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the east of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tes Nez Iah
    • Rock Point [Apache County]
  • Navajo County (AZ)
    • Oljato-Monument Valley [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Oljato-Monument Valley [Navajo County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oljato-Monument Valley
    • Kayenta [Navajo County]
    • Baby Rocks [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baby Rocks
      • Baby Rocks [Navajo County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baby Rocks
    • Tsegi [Navajo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tsegi
      • Tsegi [Navajo County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the south of Oljato-Monument Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tsegi
    • Shonto [Navajo County]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Oljato-Monument Valley:

  • 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 Arizona
    • Stories from Utah

Cemeteries Near Oljato-Monument Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oljato-Monument Valley.

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).

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Utah

About San Juan County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Utah:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Oljato-Monument Valley and then turned west". While Oljato-Monument Valley could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Oljato-Monument Valley as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Oljato-Monument Valley could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Utah community named Oljato-Monument Valley.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Oljato-Monument Valley) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Oljato-Monument Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oljato-Monument Valley
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>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:






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