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Howard Lake, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Howard Lake ...

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 Howard Lake (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 Howard Lake. 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 Howard Lake ...

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 Howard Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Howard Lake: Howard Lk.

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

Howard Lake is located in Wright County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wright County: Carver, Hennepin, McLeod, Meeker, Sherburne & Stearns.

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

Wright     (The home county for Howard Lake)
  Waverly   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Cokato   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Maple Lake   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Delano   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  South Haven   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hanover   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ramsey   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anoka   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nowthen   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Andover   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Columbia Heights   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fridley   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hilltop   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Spring Lake Park   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saint Francis   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sauk Rapids   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Young America   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Norwood Young America   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Cologne   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Saint Bonifacius   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Minnetrista   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Maple Plain   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Loretto   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mound   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Spring Park   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Corcoran   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Medina   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Long Lake   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Minnetonka Beach   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Orono   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lake Lillian   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Plato   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stewart   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fernando   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grove City   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buffalo Lake   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hector   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Marystown   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shakopee   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Prior Lake   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Savage   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union Hill   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Becker   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Big Lake   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Elk River   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Green Isle   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gaylord   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pleasant Lake   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cold Spring   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waite Park   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saint Cloud   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Roscoe   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Paynesville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Collegeville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Howard Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Howard Lake.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Howard Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Reinmuth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nylunda Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cokato Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Swedish Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swedish Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Stockholm Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Stockholm Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Albion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marysville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Kreidler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Alamaa Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crow River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW St. Ignatius Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cassel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Apostolic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Our Savior Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Howard Lake ...

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 142 newspapers that have been published in the area around Howard Lake.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Howard Lake. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Howard Lake and those printed in the larger area surrounding Howard Lake.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km] of Howard Lake.

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, Howard Lake had railroad service and no post office. In 2018, Howard Lake had a population of 2,078 people.

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

Smith Lake   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Howard Lake
 - Smith Lake had a post office and railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 1,525 people in 2018)
 - Waverly had railroad service and no post office
Cokato   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 363 people (with 2,741 people in 2018)
 - Cokato had a post office and railroad service
Winsted   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 267 people (with 2,257 people in 2018)
 - Winsted had a post office and no railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 214 people (with 3,250 people in 2018)
 - Montrose had a post office and railroad service
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Howard Lake
 - Hollywood had a post office and no railroad service
Silver Lake   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Howard Lake
 - Silver Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Lester Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 189 people (with 1,726 people in 2018)
 - Lester Prairie had railroad service and no post office
Watertown   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 362 people (with 4,486 people in 2018)
 - Watertown had a post office and no railroad service
Buffalo   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 606 people (with 16,315 people in 2018)
 - Buffalo had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Lake   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Howard Lake
 - Maple Lake had a post office and railroad service
Dassel   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 552 people (with 1,424 people in 2018)
 - Dassel had a post office and railroad service
Annandale   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Howard Lake
 - 1895 population of 211 people (with 3,395 people in 2018)
 - Annandale 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 Howard Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Howard Lake in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 - 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 Howard Lake:

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 Wright County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anoka County:     Cyndi's



Benton County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Hennepin County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Renville County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Stearns County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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

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 Howard Lake:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Minnesota

About Wright County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Howard Lake:

The official website for Wright County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Howard Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.0623, Longitude: -94.0665     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Howard Lake 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 Howard Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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