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Lafayette, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Lafayette ...

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 Lafayette (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 Lafayette. 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 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.

Lafayette is located in Nicollet County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicollet County: Blue Earth, Brown, Le Sueur, Renville & Sibley.

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

Nicollet     (The home county for Lafayette)
  Courtland   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Nicollet   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saint Peter   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  North Mankato   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Blue Earth
  Lake Crystal   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mankato   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Skyline   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Eagle Lake   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Madison Lake   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Good Thunder   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vernon Center   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint Clair   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Smiths Mill   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Amboy   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Ulm   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Essig   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Searles   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sleepy Eye   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hanska   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Evan   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Cobden   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Comfrey   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Norwood Young America   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Young America   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cologne   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Le Sueur
  Kasota   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Le Sueur   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Marysburg   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Le Center   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Heidelberg   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Elysian   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fernando   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stewart   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Plato   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Morgan   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clements   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  North Redwood   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Redwood Falls   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sanborn   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fairfax   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Buffalo Lake   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hector   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Morton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bird Island   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Olivia   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Union Hill   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Prague   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Gibbon   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gaylord   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Green Isle   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Janesville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Godahl   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  La Salle   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Madelia   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Darfur   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lewisville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Butterfield   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lafayette ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lafayette.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW St. Gregory Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Bernadotte Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clear Lake Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Salem Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Winthrop Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. George Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Brighton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Swan Lake Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goodman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Augustana Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW West Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Ulm City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Ulm Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Willibrord Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Gibbon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clear Lake Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N St. John's Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nicollet County Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Municipal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Lafayette ...

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 115 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lafayette.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Lafayette. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Lafayette and those printed in the larger area surrounding Lafayette.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Lafayette.

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

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

Bernadotte   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Lafayette
 - Bernadotte had a post office and no railroad service
Winthrop   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lafayette
 - 1895 population of 438 people (with 1,367 people in 2018)
 - Winthrop had a post office and railroad service
Gibbon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Lafayette
 - 1895 population of 282 people (with 768 people in 2018)
 - Gibbon had a post office and railroad service
New Ulm   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lafayette
 - 1895 population of 3,741 people (with 13,237 people in 2018)
 - New Ulm had a post office and railroad service
New Sweden   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Lafayette
 - New Sweden had a post office and no railroad service
Gaylord   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Lafayette
 - 1895 population of 387 people (with 2,244 people in 2018)
 - Gaylord had a post office and railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Lafayette
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Essig   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lafayette
 - Essig 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 Lafayette. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lafayette in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Lafayette:

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 Nicollet 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



Le Sueur County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Redwood County:     Cyndi's



Renville County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Waseca County:     Cyndi's



Watonwan County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

About Nicollet County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lafayette. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.4473, Longitude: -94.3933     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lafayette 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 Lafayette, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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