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Holmes City, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Holmes City ...

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 Holmes City (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 Holmes City. 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 Holmes City ...

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 or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Holmes City.

  • While the name of this community is Holmes City, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Holmes City may originally have been Holme's City.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Holmes City might be written as Holme City.

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.

Holmes City is located in Douglas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Douglas County: Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stearns, Stevens & Todd.

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

Douglas     (The home county for Holmes City)
  Garfield   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Alexandria   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Kensington   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Forada   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Brandon   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Nelson   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Evansville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Carlos   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Millerville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Osakis   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Miltona   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Rose City   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Big Stone
  Johnson   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hoffman   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Erdahl   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ashby   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elbow Lake   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Herman   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wendell   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Norcross   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sunburg   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Otter Tail
  Urbank   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Parkers Prairie   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vining   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dalton   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clitherall   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Battle Lake   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Henning   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Underwood   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Deer Creek   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Leaf City   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ottertail   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fergus Falls   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Farwell   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Lowry   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Long Beach   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Glenwood   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Starbuck   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Villard   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  New Prairie - Historic   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cyrus   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Westport   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sedan   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sauk Centre   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brooten   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elrosa   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Meire Grove   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Greenwald   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belgrade   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Munich   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saint Rosa   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Donnelly   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morris   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hancock   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Chokio   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clontarf   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Benson   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Danvers   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  De Graff   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Union   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clotho   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Eagle Bend   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Long Prairie   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clarissa   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Browerville   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bertha   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grey Eagle   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hewitt   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tintah   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nashua   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Holmes City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Holmes City.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Christian Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Van Loon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Paul's Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Oscar Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Trysil Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moe Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Finnish Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Farwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bohemian Independent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lk. Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N East Moe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW West Moe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Solem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ben Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Norunga Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. John's Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Kensington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chippewa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Swedish Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kinkead Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW St. Petri Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Wennesborg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pike Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lk. Reno Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lk. Charley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lk. Ida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Frykesende Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Nora Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lk. Ann Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brandon Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Holmes City ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around Holmes City.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Holmes City, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Holmes City.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Holmes City had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Farwell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Holmes City
 - Farwell had a post office and railroad service
Garfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Holmes City
 - Garfield had a post office and railroad service
Kensington   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Holmes City
 - Kensington had a post office and railroad service
Lowry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Holmes City
 - Lowry had a post office and railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Holmes City
 - 1895 population of 2,118 people (with 13,746 people in 2018)
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Brandon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Holmes City
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 487 people in 2018)
 - Brandon had a post office and railroad service
Hoffman   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Holmes City
 - Hoffman had a post office and railroad service
Nelson   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Holmes City
 - Nelson 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 Holmes City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Holmes City in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Holmes City:

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 Douglas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Big Stone County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



Otter Tail County:     Cyndi's



Pope County:     Cyndi's



Stearns County:     Cyndi's



Stevens County:     Cyndi's



Swift County:     Cyndi's



Todd County:     Cyndi's



Traverse County:     Cyndi's



Wilkin County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Holmes City ...

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

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 Holmes City:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Douglas County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Douglas County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>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- Holmes City) 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 Holmes City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Holmes City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holmes City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8336, Longitude: -95.5412     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holmes City 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 Holmes City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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