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Jacobs Prairie, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Jacobs Prairie ...

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 Jacobs Prairie (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 Jacobs Prairie. 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 Jacobs Prairie ...

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 Jacobs Prairie.

  • Typical abbreviation for Jacobs Prairie: Jacobs Pr.
  • While the name of this community is Jacobs Prairie, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Jacobs Prairie may originally have been Jacob's Prairie.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Jacobs Prairie might be written as Jacob Prairie.

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.

Jacobs Prairie is located in Stearns County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Stearns County: Benton, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Todd & Wright.

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

Stearns     (The home county for Jacobs Prairie)
  Cold Spring   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Rockville   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Pleasant Lake   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Collegeville   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Avon   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Waite Park   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Albany   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sauk Rapids   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rice   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Foley   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ronneby   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oak Park   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Regal   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New London   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Spicer   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kandiyohi   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Willmar   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wilmar   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Grove City   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mille Lacs
  Estes Brook   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Foreston   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pease   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Milaca   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bowlus   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Upsala   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Elmdale   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Royalton   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sobieski   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swanville   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buckman   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Flensburg   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Little Falls   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Genola   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pierz   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Westport   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Becker   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Big Lake   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Grey Eagle   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Burtrum   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Union   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Long Prairie   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  South Haven   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Maple Lake   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cokato   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Jacobs Prairie ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jacobs Prairie.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW St. James Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Jacobs Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW St. Boniface Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Old St. Nicholas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Staples Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Monastic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW St. Nicholas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Wendelin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stranger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Maine Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Catherine's Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Old Eden Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE North Star Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Jacobs Prairie ...

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 164 newspapers that have been published in the area around Jacobs Prairie.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Jacobs Prairie, there are papers which were published within 36 miles [57.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Jacobs Prairie.

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 Jacobs Prairie in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Jacobs Prairie.

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

Cold Spring   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Jacobs Prairie
 - 1895 population of 290 people (with 4,175 people in 2018)
 - Cold Spring had a post office and railroad service
Rockville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Jacobs Prairie
 - 1895 population of 40 people (with 2,548 people in 2018)
 - Rockville had railroad service and no post office
Richmond   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Jacobs Prairie
 - Richmond had railroad service and no post office
Saint Joseph   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Jacobs Prairie
 - 1895 population of 503 people (with 7,147 people in 2018)
 - Saint Joseph had a post office and railroad service
Saint Nicholas   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Jacobs Prairie
 - Saint Nicholas had a post office and no railroad service
Luxemburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Jacobs Prairie
 - Luxemburg had a post office and no railroad service
Collegeville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Jacobs Prairie
 - Collegeville had a post office and railroad service
Avon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Jacobs Prairie
 - 1895 population of 125 people (with 1,573 people in 2018)
 - Avon 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 Jacobs Prairie. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jacobs Prairie in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Jacobs Prairie:

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 Stearns County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Pope County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Todd County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Minnesota Community

About Stearns County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Stearns 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Jacobs Prairie) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jacobs Prairie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.4869, Longitude: -94.3931     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jacobs Prairie 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 Jacobs Prairie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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