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Our Genealogical Helper for Aetna ...

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 Aetna (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Aetna. 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.

Newspapers Published in Aetna ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Aetna.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Aetna, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Aetna.

Cemeteries Near Aetna ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Aetna.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Aetna covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE St. Francis Xavier Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Tolleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Waldheim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Evergreen Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Crown Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hobart City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Temple of Israel Cemetery of Gary   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Mercy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ridgelawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Fern Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Merrillville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Janes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCool Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Calumet Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Deep River Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gossett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E James Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lake Country Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Michael's Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Memory Lane Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mosier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kimball Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burstrom Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     


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

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

Miller   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Aetna
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Miller had a post office and railroad service
Liverpool   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Aetna
 - Liverpool had railroad service and no post office
Lake Station   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Aetna
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 11,965 people in 2017)
 - Lake Station had a post office and railroad service
Hobart   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Aetna
 - 1895 population of 1,010 people (with 28,255 people in 2017)
 - Hobart had a post office and railroad service
Crisman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Aetna
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Crisman had a post office and no railroad service
Willow Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Aetna
 - Willow Creek had railroad service and no post office
Pine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Aetna
 - Pine had railroad service and no post office
Ross   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Aetna
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Ross had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Aetna. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Aetna in the 1890's.

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.

Aetna is located in Lake County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lake County: Cook (IL), Kankakee (IL), Will (IL), Jasper, Newton & Porter.

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

Lake     (The home county for Aetna)
      Duneland Village of Gary   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Duneland Village   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      New Chicago   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lake Station   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gary   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hobart   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Merrillville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Deep River   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Griffith   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Chicago   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lincoln Village   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Highland   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      DeMotte   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Forest City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wheatfield   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tefft   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fair Oaks   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gifford   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alida   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Westville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Michigan City   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Trail Creek   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Pottawattamie Park   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wanatah   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Long Beach   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Door Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Michiana Shores   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union Mills   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      La Crosse   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hanna   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Thayer   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sumava Resorts   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roselawn   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Portage   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Ogden Dunes   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Wheeler   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burns Harbor   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      South Haven   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dune Acres   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Porter   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chesterton   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tratebas Mill   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Porter Crossroads   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valparaiso   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Medaryville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      San Pierre   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Judson   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hamlet   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knox   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Cook (IL)
      Calumet City (IL)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burnham (IL)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lansing (IL)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      East Side (IL)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lynwood (IL)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sauk Village (IL)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dolton (IL)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ford Heights (IL)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glenwood (IL)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      South Holland (IL)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Calumet Heights (IL)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Phoenix (IL)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
DuPage (IL)
      Burr Ridge (IL)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hinsdale (IL)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Willowbrook (IL)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clarendon Hills (IL)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Darien (IL)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Brook (IL)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westmont (IL)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elmhurst (IL)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Brook Terrace (IL)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Villa Park (IL)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Downers Grove (IL)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodridge (IL)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kankakee (IL)
      Sherburnville (IL)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grant Park (IL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Illinoi (IL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Illiana Heights (IL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Momence (IL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Manteno (IL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint George (IL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hopkins Park (IL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sun River Terrace (IL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Will (IL)
      Willowbrook (IL)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crete (IL)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beecher (IL)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      University Park (IL)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Monee (IL)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frankfort Square (IL)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Frankfort (IL)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mokena (IL)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peotone (IL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodings Grove (IL)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Homer Glen (IL)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Lenox (IL)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Berrien (MI)
      Michiana (MI)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grand Beach (MI)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Buffalo (MI)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union Pier (MI)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lakeside (MI)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Three Oaks (MI)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harbert (MI)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hazelhurst (MI)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shorewood-Tower Hills-Harbert (MI)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Aetna:

These websites are specific to Indiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Indiana State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Indiana to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Lake County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Jasper County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
LaPorte County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Newton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Porter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Starke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cook County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DuPage County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kankakee County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Will County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Berrien County (MI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Indiana:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Indiana,     of Lake County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Indiana     Cemetery Wiki for Indiana
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Indiana,     of Lake County

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 Indiana
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Indiana

About Lake County

About Indiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lake County:

The official website for State of Indiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Aetna. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Aetna) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aetna. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5920, Longitude: -87.2895     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Aetna 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:

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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 Aetna, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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