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Our Genealogy Helper for Jeffers ...

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 Jeffers (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 Jeffers. 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.

Jeffers is located in Cottonwood County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cottonwood County: Brown, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Redwood & Watonwan.

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

Cottonwood     (The home county for Jeffers)
  Storden   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Bingham Lake   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Westbrook   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Windom   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mountain Lake   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Comfrey   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cobden   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Evan   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sleepy Eye   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Essig   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hanska   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Searles   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Ulm   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wilder   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Heron Lake   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Okabena   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lakefield   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alpha   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Garvin   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Balaton   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Trimont   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sherburn   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Welcome   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Truman   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dunnell   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dovray   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fulda   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Currie   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  The Lakes   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Slayton   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Iona   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hadley   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lake Wilson   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chandler   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dundee   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kinbrae   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brewster   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Reading   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilmont   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Round Lake   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sanborn   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lamberton   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Revere   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wanda   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clements   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Wabasso   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lucan   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Morgan   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Seaforth   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Milroy   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vesta   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morton   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fairfax   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Darfur   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Butterfield   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Odin   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Godahl   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ormsby   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  La Salle   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lewisville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Madelia   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Yellow Medicine
  Echo   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Jeffers ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jeffers.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Jeffers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Red Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW United Amo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Highwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Delft Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Storden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Amo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Voth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Delton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Westbrook Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Germantown Evangelical United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Christ Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Resthaven Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Sanborn Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Jeffers ...

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 295 newspapers that have been published in the area around Jeffers.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Jeffers. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Jeffers and those printed in the larger area surrounding Jeffers.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km] of Jeffers.

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.<2>

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

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

Storden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Jeffers
 - Storden had a post office and no railroad service
Sanborn   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Jeffers
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 313 people in 2018)
 - Sanborn had a post office and railroad service
Lamberton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Jeffers
 - 1895 population of 202 people (with 772 people in 2018)
 - Lamberton had a post office and railroad service
Bingham Lake   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Jeffers
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 125 people in 2018)
 - Bingham Lake had a post office and railroad service
Westbrook   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Jeffers
 - Westbrook had a post office and no railroad service
Windom   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Jeffers
 - 1895 population of 835 people (with 4,420 people in 2018)
 - Windom had a post office and railroad service
Comfrey   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Jeffers
 - Comfrey had a post office and no railroad service
Revere   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Jeffers
 - Revere had railroad service and no post office
Wilder   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Jeffers
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 59 people in 2018)
 - Wilder 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 Jeffers. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jeffers in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Jeffers:

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 Cottonwood County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brown County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Lyon County:     Cyndi's



Martin County:     Cyndi's



Murray County:     Cyndi's



Nobles County:     Cyndi's



Redwood County:     Cyndi's



Renville County:     Cyndi's



Watonwan County:     Cyndi's



Yellow Medicine County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Minnesota

About Cottonwood County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Jeffers) 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 Jeffers. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Jeffers

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jeffers. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0558, Longitude: -95.1953     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jeffers have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Jeffers, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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