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Nebraska O'Dell

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Re: Nebraska O'Dell

Posted: 1355276514000
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I see you are new to posting on Rootsweb. When you post it is helpful to post some criteria information about the persons you seek, their date and place of birth are very helpful for volunteers. In this case you did have enough basic information to get a start. But, if you look for John sure to add enough criteria information to distinquish him from others. You have an ancestry profile, but you may or may not have an Ancestry membership. You could access Ancestry at a local library using their computers with access via your library card. There is a lot of information on this family in the below family tree. I sent a message to the owner to read this thread.

The Social Security Death Index:
Garland L. Odell, born 5 Nov 1922, died 7 Feb 2004, "last residence:" Sidney, Cheyenne Co, NE. (The below posted family tree identified he died in Denver, CO. It also has his tombstone).
--The "last residence" on the SSDI is NOT necessarily where a person actually lived or died. The Social Security Administration calls it simply the "home of record," and possibly the address where correspondence by the SSA was sent. It is not necessarily where any benefit was paid to the person, survivor, or the lumpsum death benefit (in years past, it was paid to anyone paying burial expenses, family member, funeral home, city/county, attorney; today, a living spouse). It is sometimes the location where the notification of death was sent to the SSA, sometimes where the lump sum death benefit was sent.

US Veteran Gravesites:
Garland Leonard O'Dell, Private US Army WWII, buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Sidney, NE.

A posted family tree contains this family:
Owned by "McGinleyD2012" It has tombstones and full information on the family. Again, you can access it at your library. I also sent a message to the owner to read this thread.

John O'Dell married Mamie Dolson on 10 October 1905 in Ogallala, KeithCounty, NE. She was dau of Charles Henry Dolson and Mary Elizabeth Kemhle, born 20 Jan 1857 in San Francisco. John died 10 Feb 1968 in Oshkosh. His parents were Henry O'Dell, born Aug 1854 in Missouri, died 1932, Garden Co, NE; and Cynthia Lewis, 1849 in IA, died 1932, Garden Co, NE. John had two sisters and three brothers. Mary Ellen "Mamie" had two sisters and five brothers.

The 1910 Census of Lisco, Garden Co, NE, enumerated June
John L. O'Dell, age 26, born in Iowa to both parents born in Missouri, married 4 years.
Mamie E, age 26, born in Iowa to father born in U.S., mother in California, mother of 2?(it appears to be a 2, but an ink blot covers part)/1 living.
Howard A, age 1
--the fourth family unit above them on the census sheet:
Arthur Dolson, age 28, born in Iowa to father born in US, mother in California, married 6 years
Edna, M, age 22, born in Nebraska to father born in Iowa, mother in NE, mother of 2/2 living.
Earnie 5 and Ralph 2.
--This Arthur was listed as being a sibling to Mamie (Mary Ellen Dolson).

The World War I Draft Registration card image database:
John Leonard (transcribed as Lenoard) ODell, living in Lisco, Garden Co, NE, born Feb 3, 1884, farmer, nearest relative: Mamie Helen O'Dell. Registered 9/12/1918, the last registration.

The Bureau of Land Management has a database of land patents
issued under the Homestead Act.

It shows John ODell obtained 160 acres of land on 3/18/1913
The land was located in Garden Co, Nebraska in Township 18 North, Range 46 West, Section 3, the South East Quarter of Section 3.

I'll give you the directions to find this land, which will work for future searches:

Go to
and enter those property identifiers will provide some information about that land area. Note the nearby places of Candy Gulch head, Coldwater Creek, the Buske Ranch. When you have noted the information, click on "Switch to TerraServer" in blue lettering.

The next window will be Microsoft Research Maps. At the top left of the photo, click on the largest blue block for size. Then on the top right click on "Topo Map."

The next window will be a topo map of the area. You can see red colored squares, those are Sections. A Section is one square mile in size and contains 640 acres, a quarter section would have 160 acres.

In about the center right, you'll see a red colored "36" in one box, below it is a red colored "1" in the center. Noting Section 1, move your cursor to the left (West) to the second square to the left of "1" and left click with your mouse. Then find that same square again and left click in the center. You will now see a red colored "3" in the center, for Section 3. He owned the SE Quarter, which would be the bottom right quarter of that Section, which is shown as a square already. By zooming out (top left corner) to the center blue block, you will be able to see Oshkosh along route 26 near the bottom right area of the map.

By going to enter "Lisco" "Nebraska, and you can see that small town area. Switching to Aerial map will further define the area. The county line is also prominent.
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