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Homer, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Homer ...

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 Homer (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 Homer. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Homer is located in Winona County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winona County: Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha, Buffalo (WI), La Crosse (WI) & Trempealeau (WI).

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

Winona     (The home county for Homer)
  Winona   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Goodview   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Minnesota City   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dakota   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rollingstone   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lewiston   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Minneiska   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Altura   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Utica   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elba   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Beaver - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rushford   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rushford Village   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Whalan   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lanesboro   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chatfield   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fountain   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Preston   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mabel   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Canton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harmony   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Houston   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  La Crescent   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Hokah   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Caledonia   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brownsville   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Spring Grove   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eitzen   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dover   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eyota   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Viola   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kellogg   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Plainview   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wabasha   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Reads Landing   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Millville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Allamakee (IA)
  Dorchester (IA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Albin (IA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Winneshiek (IA)
  Hesper (IA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Highlandville (IA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buffalo (WI)
  Buffalo (WI)   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Fountain City (WI)   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cross (WI)   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Milton (WI)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Glencoe (WI)   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Waumandee (WI)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Cochrane (WI)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waumandee (WI)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Buffalo City (WI)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Buffalo (WI)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Belvidere (WI)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lincoln (WI)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montana (WI)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
Jackson (WI)
  North Bend (WI)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Franklin (WI)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Melrose (WI)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melrose (WI)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Springfield (WI)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Taylor (WI)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Irving (WI)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Curran (WI)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Albion (WI)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  York (WI)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hixton (WI)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hixton (WI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Northfield (WI)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
La Crosse (WI)
  Holland (WI)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Brice Prairie (WI)   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Holmen (WI)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Onalaska (WI)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Campbell (WI)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  French Island (WI)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Onalaska (WI)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  La Crosse (WI)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Medary (WI)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Farmington (WI)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Hamilton (WI)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  West Salem (WI)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Shelby (WI)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Monroe (WI)
  Little Falls (WI)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sparta (WI)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Leon (WI)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sparta (WI)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Portland (WI)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Trempealeau (WI)
  Trempealeau (WI)   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Wrights Corners (WI)   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Trempealeau (WI)   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Dodge (WI)   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Caledonia (WI)   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Galesville (WI)   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Frenchville (WI)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gale (WI)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Arcadia (WI)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arcadia (WI)   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ettrick (WI)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ettrick (WI)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  New City (WI) - Historic   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
Vernon (WI)
  Bergen (WI)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stoddard (WI)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hamburg (WI)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chaseburg (WI)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coon Valley (WI)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Genoa (WI)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coon (WI)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Genoa (WI)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Harmony (WI)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Homer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Homer.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Piper Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Cedar Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Trempealeau Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Witoka Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Bohris Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Frank Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hiler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fountain City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Homer ...

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 119 newspapers that have been published in the area around Homer.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Homer. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Homer and those printed in the larger area surrounding Homer.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km] of Homer.

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 Homer had a population of 75 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

East Winona (WI)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Homer
 - East Winona had railroad service and no post office
Pine Creek (WI) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pine Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Homer
 - Pine Creek had railroad service and no post office
Sugarloaf   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Homer
 - Sugarloaf had railroad service and no post office
Pickwick   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Homer
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Pickwick had a post office and no railroad service
Lamoille   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Homer
 - Lamoille had a post office and railroad service
Bluff Siding (WI)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Homer
 - Bluff Siding had railroad service and no post office
Winona   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Homer
 - 1895 population of 18,208 people (with 26,813 people in 2018)
 - Winona had a post office and railroad service
Witoka   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Homer
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Witoka 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 Homer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Homer in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Homer:

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 Winona County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fillmore County:     Cyndi's



Houston County:     Cyndi's



Olmsted County:     Cyndi's



Wabasha County:     Cyndi's



Allamakee County (IA):     Cyndi's



Winneshiek County (IA):     Cyndi's



Buffalo County (WI):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (WI):     Cyndi's



La Crosse County (WI):     Cyndi's



Monroe County (WI):     Cyndi's



Trempealeau County (WI):     Cyndi's



Vernon County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Winona 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Homer ...

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

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 Homer:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Winona County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Winona 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- Homer) 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 Homer. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Homer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Homer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0214, Longitude: -91.5565     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Homer 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 Homer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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