A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Howard Lake, Minnesota
Our Genealogy Helper for Howard Lake ...
We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Howard Lake ...
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:
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.
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:
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:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories 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.
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.
Notes for Howard Lake:
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 ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Howard Lake: www.howard-lake.mn.us/
The official website for Wright County: www.co.wright.mn.us/
The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/
Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.
If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.
This page was last modified: 13 Oct 2019