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Our Genealogical Helper for Aitkin ...

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 Aitkin (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 Aitkin. 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 the area of Aitkin ...

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 116 newspapers that have been published in the area around Aitkin.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Aitkin. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Aitkin and those printed in the larger area surrounding Aitkin.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 49 miles [78.9 km]<1> of Aitkin.

Cemeteries Near Aitkin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Aitkin.

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 Aitkin covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Dorris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Diamond Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Knoll Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedarbrook - St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Church of the Blessed Virgin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carrol Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Forest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Deerwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bennettville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calvary Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rabbit Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Howard 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Aitkin had a population of 737 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Aitkin had a population of 2,016 people.

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

Rossburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Aitkin
 - Rossburg had railroad service and no post office
Deerwood   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Aitkin
 - Deerwood had a post office and railroad service
Kimberly   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Aitkin
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Kimberly had a post office and railroad service
Nichols   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Aitkin
 - Nichols had a post office and no railroad service
Malmo   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Aitkin
 - Malmo had a post office and no railroad service
Garrison   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Aitkin
 - Garrison had a post office and no railroad service
McGregor   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Aitkin
 - McGregor had railroad service and no post office
Opstead   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Aitkin
 - Opstead had a post office and no railroad service

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

Aitkin is located in Aitkin County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Aitkin County: Carlton, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine & Saint Louis.

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

Aitkin     (The home county for Aitkin)
      Davidson   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Palisade   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McGregor   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jewett   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Northwest Aitkin   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Swatara   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tamarack   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McGrath   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hill City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jacobson   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Northeast Aitkin   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wright   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kettle River   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Outing   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake Shore   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Gull Lake   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chickamaw Beach   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wabedo   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine River   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Remer   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Cass   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Longville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pillager   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Crow Wing
      Deerwood   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cuyuna   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crosby   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ironton   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Trommald   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garrison   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Riverton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Emily   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crosslake   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merrifield   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fifty Lakes   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Manhattan Beach   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Breezy Point   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Mille Lacs
      Vineland   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wahkon   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Isle   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Onamia   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harding   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hillman   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lastrup   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Denham   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 either 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 Aitkin:

These websites are specific to Minnesota:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Minnesota State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Aitkin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carlton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cass County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crow Wing County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mille Lacs County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Aitkin ...

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

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 Aitkin:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Aitkin in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Aitkin for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Aitkin.
      See our Misc Page for Aitkin for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Minnesota

About Aitkin County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Aitkin:

The official website for Aitkin County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Aitkin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Aitkin) 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 Aitkin. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Aitkin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aitkin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.5334, Longitude: -93.7066     [Map].

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<2>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 Aitkin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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