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Our Genealogy Helper for Independence ...

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 Independence (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 Independence. 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 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.

Independence is located in Hennepin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hennepin County: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne & Wright.

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

  DirDistance
Hennepin     (The home county for Independence)
  Maple Plain   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Loretto   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Minnetrista   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Medina   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mound   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Orono   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Spring Park   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Long Lake   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Crystal Bay   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hamel   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Corcoran   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Minnetonka Beach   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
 
Anoka
  Anoka   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ramsey   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Columbia Heights   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fridley   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hilltop   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Spring Lake Park   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Andover   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nowthen   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Circle Pines   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Carver
  Watertown   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Chanhassen   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Chaska   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cologne   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Carver   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Young America   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Dakota
  Burnsville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mendota   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lilydale   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mendota Heights   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Eagan   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sunfish Lake   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  West Saint Paul   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Apple Valley   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lakeville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  South Saint Paul   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Inver Grove Heights   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rosemount   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eureka Center   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Isanti
  Isanti   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Le Sueur
  Heidelberg   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Le Sueur   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
McLeod
  Winsted   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Plato   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Meeker
  Dassel   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mille Lacs
  Princeton   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Ramsey
  Lauderdale   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  New Brighton   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Falcon Heights   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mounds View   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Arden Hills   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Roseville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Shoreview   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Little Canada   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  North Oaks   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vadnais Heights   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gem Lake   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maplewood   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Rice
  Webster   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lonsdale   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Trondjem   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Scott
  Shakopee   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Marystown   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Prior Lake   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Savage   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Credit River   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Prague   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Union Hill   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  New Market   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elko New Market   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elko   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Sherburne
  Big Lake   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elk River   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Becker   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Sibley
  Green Isle   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gaylord   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Stearns
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Washington
  Birchwood Village   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Landfall   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dellwood   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mahtomedi   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Newport   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pine Springs   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Willernie   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hugo   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint Paul Park   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grant   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lake Elmo   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Forest Lake   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wright
  Delano   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Hanover   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint Michael   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Otsego   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Maple Lake   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Independence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Independence.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Minnestrista Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Christ Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Anna Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive East Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Delano Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Joseph's Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maxwell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive West Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Long Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Janes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reich Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cassel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Watertown Public Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Swede Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Swede Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Bonifacius Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S German Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Halsted Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Summit Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Name Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Anne's Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Woodside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Lk. Auburn Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kreidler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Independence ...

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 385 newspapers that have been published in the area around Independence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Independence, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Independence.

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>

While we didn't find Independence in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Independence.

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

Maple Plain   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Independence
 - 1895 population of 145 people (with 1,817 people in 2018)
 - Maple Plain had a post office and railroad service
 
Delano   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Independence
 - 1895 population of 889 people (with 6,203 people in 2018)
 - Delano had a post office and railroad service
 
Minnetrista   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Independence
 - Minnetrista had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rockford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Independence
 - 1895 population of 420 people (with 4,480 people in 2018)
 - Rockford had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spring Park   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Independence
 - Spring Park had railroad service and no post office
 
Watertown   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Independence
 - 1895 population of 362 people (with 4,486 people in 2018)
 - Watertown had a post office and no railroad service
 
Long Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Independence
 - Long Lake had a post office and railroad service
 
Burschville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Independence
 - Burschville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Saint Bonifacius   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Independence
 - Saint Bonifacius 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 Independence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Independence 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 - although 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 Independence:

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 Hennepin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anoka County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Carver County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dakota County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Isanti County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Le Sueur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
McLeod County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Meeker County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ramsey County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Rice County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Scott County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sherburne County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sibley County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Stearns County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wright County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Hennepin County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Minnesota
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Minnesota, for Hennepin 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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Wisconsin

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Minnesota

About Hennepin County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Independence: www.independence.govoffice.com/

The official website for Hennepin County: www.hennepin.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Independence) 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 Independence. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Independence

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Independence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.0219, Longitude: -93.7076     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Independence 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: findagrave.com.

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

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