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Our Genealogy Helper for Lagoona Beach ...

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 Lagoona Beach (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 Lagoona Beach. 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 Lagoona Beach ...

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 Lagoona Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Lagoona Beach: Lagoona Bch.

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.

Lagoona Beach is located in Big Stone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Big Stone County: Lac qui Parle, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Grant (SD) & Roberts (SD).

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

Big Stone     (The home county for Lagoona Beach)
  Ortonville   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Clinton   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Odessa   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Barry   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Graceville   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Johnson   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Beardsley   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Correll   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Milan   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Big Bend City   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Herman   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Norcross   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lac qui Parle
  Bellingham   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Nassau   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Louisburg   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Marietta   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Madison   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cyrus   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Chokio   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Donnelly   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Morris   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hancock   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Appleton   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Holloway   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Danvers   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clontarf   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Collis   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Browns Valley   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Dumont   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wheaton   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Codington (SD)
  South Shore (SD)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Waverly (SD)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kranzburg (SD)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rauville (SD)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Day (SD)
  Waubay (SD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Deuel (SD)
  Tunerville (SD)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Moritz (SD)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Altamont (SD)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Goodwin (SD)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gary (SD)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grant (SD)
  Big Stone City (SD)   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Milbank (SD)   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Twin Brooks (SD)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Marvin (SD)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Albee (SD)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  La Bolt (SD)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  LaBolt (SD)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Stockholm (SD)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Revillo (SD)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Strandburg (SD)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Roberts (SD)
  Hartford Beach (SD)   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  South Dakota Park (SD)   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Corona (SD)   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Wilmot (SD)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Peever Flats (SD)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Peever (SD)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Summit (SD)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Spring Grove (SD)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Goodwill (SD)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sisseton (SD)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ortley (SD)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rosholt (SD)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lagoona Beach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lagoona Beach.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW West St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Pauli Lutheran Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Big Stone Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Long Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Elim Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Maple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clinton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Eids Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Eidskog Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Odessa Trinity Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lagoona Beach ...

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 205 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lagoona Beach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lagoona Beach, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lagoona Beach.

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

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

Big Stone City (SD)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Lagoona Beach
 - 1895 population of 471 people (with 460 people in 2018)
 - Big Stone City had a post office and railroad service
Ortonville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lagoona Beach
 - 1895 population of 768 people (with 1,791 people in 2018)
 - Ortonville had a post office and railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lagoona Beach
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 415 people in 2018)
 - Clinton had a post office and railroad service
Odessa   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lagoona Beach
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 131 people in 2018)
 - Odessa had a post office and railroad service
Barry   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lagoona Beach
 - Barry had a post office and railroad service
Corona (SD)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Lagoona Beach
 - 1895 population of 68 people (with 107 people in 2018)
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Graceville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Lagoona Beach
 - 1895 population of 508 people (with 554 people in 2018)
 - Graceville had a post office and railroad service
Johnson   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lagoona Beach
 - Johnson 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 Lagoona Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lagoona Beach 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 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 Lagoona Beach:

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 Big Stone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Chippewa County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Lac qui Parle County:     Cyndi's



Pope County:     Cyndi's



Stevens County:     Cyndi's



Swift County:     Cyndi's



Traverse County:     Cyndi's



Codington County (SD):     Cyndi's



Day County (SD):     Cyndi's



Deuel County (SD):     Cyndi's



Grant County (SD):     Cyndi's



Roberts County (SD):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Big Stone County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Minnesota   Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Minnesota, for Big Stone 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 ...
      North Dakota
      South Dakota

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Big Stone County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Big Stone 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lagoona Beach) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lagoona Beach. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.3664, Longitude: -96.4856     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lagoona Beach 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 Lagoona Beach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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