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Kimball, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Kimball ...

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 Kimball (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 Kimball. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Kimball 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 Kimball. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Kimball:

Stearns     (The home county for Kimball)
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Rockville   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cold Spring   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pleasant Lake   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Waite Park   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Cloud   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Roscoe   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Collegeville   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Paynesville   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Avon   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Nowthen   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sauk Rapids   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rice   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Foley   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ronneby   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oak Park   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Independence   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Corcoran   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rogers   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Loretto   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Maple Plain   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Minnetrista   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Medina   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Bonifacius   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mound   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Regal   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New London   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Spicer   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kandiyohi   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lake Lillian   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wilmar   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Willmar   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Plato   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Grove City   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Mille Lacs
  Estes Brook   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Foreston   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bowlus   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Royalton   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Upsala   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elmdale   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Becker   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Big Lake   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elk River   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  South Haven   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Maple Lake   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cokato   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Michael   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Kimball ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Kimball.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW St. Annes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kimball Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Talbot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lk. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Concordia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairhaven Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW North Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Maine Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Redeemer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW West Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ostmark Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old St. Nicholas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Nicholas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE French Lake Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Mark's Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Gertrude Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Our Savior Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Apostolic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Wendelin Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Kimball ...

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 122 newspapers that have been published in the area around Kimball.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Kimball. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Kimball and those printed in the larger area surrounding Kimball.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 33 miles [53.1 km] of Kimball.

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

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

South Haven   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Kimball
 - South Haven had a post office and railroad service
Fairhaven   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Kimball
 - Fairhaven had a post office and no railroad service
Watkins   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Kimball
 - Watkins had a post office and railroad service
Kingston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Kimball
 - Kingston had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Nicholas   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Kimball
 - Saint Nicholas had a post office and no railroad service
Annandale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Kimball
 - 1895 population of 211 people (with 3,395 people in 2018)
 - Annandale had a post office and railroad service
Luxemburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Kimball
 - Luxemburg had a post office and no railroad service
Rockville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Kimball
 - 1895 population of 40 people (with 2,548 people in 2018)
 - Rockville had railroad service and no post office
Forest City   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Kimball
 - Forest City 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 Kimball. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Kimball 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 - you should note 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 Kimball:

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:

Anoka County:     Cyndi's



Benton County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Hennepin County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne 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 ...

Find a Community within Minnesota

About Stearns County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Kimball. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Kimball) 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 Kimball. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Kimball

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kimball. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.3140, Longitude: -94.3013     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Kimball 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 Kimball, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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