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Our Genealogy Helper for Jackson ...

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 Jackson (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 Jackson. 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 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 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.

Jackson is located in Jackson County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Dickinson (IA), Emmet (IA), Osceola (IA), Cottonwood, Martin, Nobles & Watonwan.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Jackson)
  Alpha   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Lakefield   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wilder   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Okabena   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Heron Lake   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Comfrey   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Windom   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Bingham Lake   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mountain Lake   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jeffers   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Storden   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Westbrook   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Huntley   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dunnell   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sherburn   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Trimont   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ceylon   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Welcome   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Northrop   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Truman   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Granada   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fulda   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dovray   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Brewster   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Round Lake   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dundee   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kinbrae   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bigelow   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Reading   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rushmore   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sanborn   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Odin   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ormsby   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Butterfield   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Darfur   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lewisville   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Godahl   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  La Salle   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Madelia   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (IA)
  Fostoria (IA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Langdon (IA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dickens (IA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Spencer (IA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Everly (IA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Dickinson (IA)
  Orleans (IA)   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Superior (IA)   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spirit Lake (IA)   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Okoboji (IA)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Arnolds Park (IA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wahpeton (IA)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lake Park (IA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  West Okoboji (IA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Milford (IA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Old Town (IA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Terril (IA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
Emmet (IA)
  Estherville (IA)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dolliver (IA)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gruver (IA)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wallingford (IA)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Armstrong (IA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ringsted (IA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Kossuth (IA)
  Swea City (IA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fenton (IA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
O'Brien (IA)
  Hartley (IA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Moneta (IA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Osceola (IA)
  Harris (IA)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ocheyedan (IA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  May City (IA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Allendorf (IA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Melvin (IA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cloverdale (IA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sibley (IA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Palo Alto (IA)
  Graettinger (IA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ruthven (IA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Emmetsburg (IA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Jackson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jackson.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Good Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Riverside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW East Belmont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW West Belmont Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Petersburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Loon Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hauges Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Jackson ...

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 255 newspapers that have been published in the area around Jackson.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Jackson. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Jackson and those printed in the larger area surrounding Jackson.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 45 miles [72.4 km] of Jackson.

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 Jackson had a population of 720 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Jackson had a population of 3,201 people.

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

Petersburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Jackson
 - Petersburg had a post office and no railroad service
Lakefield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jackson
 - 1895 population of 275 people (with 1,621 people in 2018)
 - Lakefield had a post office and railroad service
Dunnell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Jackson
 - 1895 population of 12 people (with 147 people in 2018)
 - Dunnell had a post office and no railroad service
Superior (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Jackson
 - Superior had a post office and railroad service
Sherburn   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Jackson
 - 1895 population of 316 people (with 1,093 people in 2018)
 - Sherburn had a post office and railroad service
Spirit Lake (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Jackson
 - 1895 population of 782 people (with 5,070 people in 2018)
 - Spirit Lake had a post office and railroad service
Sioux Valley   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Jackson
 - Sioux Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Okoboji (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Jackson
 - Okoboji 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 Jackson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jackson 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 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 Jackson:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brown County:     Cyndi's



Cottonwood County:     Cyndi's



Faribault County:     Cyndi's



Martin County:     Cyndi's



Murray County:     Cyndi's



Nobles County:     Cyndi's



Redwood County:     Cyndi's



Watonwan County:     Cyndi's



Clay County (IA):     Cyndi's



Dickinson County (IA):     Cyndi's



Emmet County (IA):     Cyndi's



Kossuth County (IA):     Cyndi's



O'Brien County (IA):     Cyndi's

Osceola County (IA):     Cyndi's



Palo Alto County (IA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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

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 Jackson:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Minnesota

About Jackson County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jackson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.6268, Longitude: -94.9898     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jackson 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 Jackson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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