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Our Genealogy Helper for Janesville ...

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 Janesville (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 Janesville. 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 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.

Janesville is located in Waseca County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Waseca County: Blue Earth, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Rice & Steele.

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

Waseca     (The home county for Janesville)
  Alma City   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Waseca   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Waldorf   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Vista   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  New Richland   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
Blue Earth
  Smiths Mill   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Madison Lake   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Saint Clair   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Pemberton   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Eagle Lake   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mankato   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Skyline   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mapleton   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Good Thunder   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Vernon Center   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lake Crystal   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Searles   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hanska   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Ulm   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Castle Rock   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Eureka Center   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Claremont   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Concord   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Minnesota Lake   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wells   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Easton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Delavan   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Winnebago   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Walters   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Huntley   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bricelyn   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frost   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blue Earth   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kiester   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Freeborn   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alden   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clarks Grove   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Conger   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hollandale   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Albert Lea   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kenyon   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dennison   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Le Sueur
  Elysian   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Marysburg   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Kilkenny   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kasota   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Le Center   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Le Sueur   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Heidelberg   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  North Mankato   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Saint Peter   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Nicollet   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Courtland   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Morristown   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Warsaw   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Faribault   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cannon City   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lonsdale   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Trondjem   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Moland   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dundas   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Webster   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Nerstrand   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Northfield   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Union Hill   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  New Prague   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elko New Market   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Market   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elko   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gaylord   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Medford   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Owatonna   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hope   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ellendale   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Blooming Prairie   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Madelia   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lewisville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Janesville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Janesville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Janesville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE St. Anns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Smith's Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bunker Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Minske Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Jarlath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Round Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Alma City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Peddler's Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Okaman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Freedom Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Krassin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pommerans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dehn Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Eagle Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Freedom Cemetery   [Map]     
  E North Waseca Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Iosco Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haugenstein Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Marysburg Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Cannonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N St. Peter's Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tivoli Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Medo - McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Medo Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Sakatah Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Van Blaracom Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Phebe Jones Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Janesville ...

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 203 newspapers that have been published in the area around Janesville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Janesville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Janesville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Janesville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 35 miles [56.3 km] of Janesville.

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 Janesville had a population of 921 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Janesville had a population of 2,261 people.

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

Alma City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Janesville
 - 1895 population of 165 people
 - Alma City had a post office and no railroad service
Elysian   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Janesville
 - 1895 population of 348 people (with 746 people in 2018)
 - Elysian had a post office and railroad service
Greenland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Janesville
 - Greenland had a post office and railroad service
Saint Clair   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Janesville
 - Saint Clair had a post office and no railroad service
Madison Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Janesville
 - 1895 population of 350 people (with 1,178 people in 2018)
 - Madison Lake had a post office and railroad service
Palmer   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Janesville
 - Palmer had railroad service and no post office
Waterville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Janesville
 - 1895 population of 937 people (with 1,874 people in 2018)
 - Waterville had a post office and railroad service
Marysburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Janesville
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Marysburg had a post office and no railroad service
Eagle Lake   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Janesville
 - 1895 population of 450 people (with 3,098 people in 2018)
 - Eagle Lake had a post office and railroad service
Waseca   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Janesville
 - 1895 population of 2,482 people (with 8,904 people in 2018)
 - Waseca 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 Janesville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Janesville 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 Janesville:

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 Waseca County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blue Earth County:     Cyndi's



Brown County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Dakota County:     Cyndi's



Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Faribault County:     Cyndi's



Freeborn County:     Cyndi's



Goodhue County:     Cyndi's



Le Sueur County:     Cyndi's



Nicollet County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Steele County:     Cyndi's



Watonwan County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Janesville ...

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

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 Janesville:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Waseca County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Waseca 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- Janesville) 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 Janesville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Janesville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Janesville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.1196, Longitude: -93.7094     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Janesville 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 Janesville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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