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Our Genealogy Helper for Holdingford ...

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 Holdingford (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 Holdingford. 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 doctors and 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.

Holdingford is located in Stearns County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Stearns County: Benton, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Todd & Wright.

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

Stearns     (The home county for Holdingford)
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Avon   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Albany   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Saint Stephen   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Collegeville   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Saint Rosa   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sartell   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  New Munich   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Waite Park   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rice   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sauk Rapids   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Foley   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ronneby   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oak Park   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Crow Wing
  Fort Ripley   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Osakis   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nelson   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Regal   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New London   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Mille Lacs
  Estes Brook   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Foreston   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Milaca   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pease   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bowlus   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Elmdale   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Upsala   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Royalton   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sobieski   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Flensburg   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Swanville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Little Falls   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Buckman   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Genola   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Randall   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pierz   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Westport   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sedan   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Villard   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Becker   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Burtrum   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Grey Eagle   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Long Prairie   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  West Union   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Browerville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clotho   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clarissa   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Eagle Bend   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  South Haven   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Holdingford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Holdingford.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Holdingford covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E St. Hegwigs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE St. Wendel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Stanislaus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Upsala Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Holy Cross Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Covenant Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Danish Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Free Evangelical Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Edward's Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Seven Dolors Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE St. Stephni Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Swedish Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ed Cash Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Holdingford ...

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 107 newspapers that have been published in the area around Holdingford.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Holdingford. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Holdingford and those printed in the larger area surrounding Holdingford.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Holdingford.

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 Holdingford had a population of 28 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Holdingford had a population of 716 people.

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

Saint Anna   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Holdingford
 - Saint Anna had a post office and no railroad service
Opole   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Holdingford
 - Opole had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Wendel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Holdingford
 - Saint Wendel had a post office and no railroad service
North Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Holdingford
 - North Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Upsala   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Holdingford
 - Upsala had a post office and no railroad service
Elmdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Holdingford
 - Elmdale had a post office and no railroad service
Albany   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Holdingford
 - 1895 population of 640 people (with 2,734 people in 2018)
 - Albany had a post office and railroad service
Avon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Holdingford
 - 1895 population of 125 people (with 1,573 people in 2018)
 - Avon had a post office and railroad service
Collegeville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Holdingford
 - Collegeville 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 Holdingford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Holdingford in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Holdingford:

These websites are specific to Minnesota:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Stearns County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Crow Wing County:     Cyndi's



Douglas County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Pope County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Todd County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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

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 Holdingford:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Stearns County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Stearns County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holdingford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.7297, Longitude: -94.4716     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holdingford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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