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Lake Henry, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Lake Henry ...

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 Lake Henry (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 Lake Henry. 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 Lake Henry ...

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 Lake Henry.

  • Typical abbreviation for Lake Henry: Lk. Henry

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.

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

Stearns     (The home county for Lake Henry)
  Spring Hill   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Saint Martin   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Paynesville   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Roscoe   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Belgrade   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Greenwald   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elrosa   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Meire Grove   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  New Munich   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sauk Rapids   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rice   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Osakis   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Forada   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nelson   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Regal   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  New London   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spicer   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sunburg   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kandiyohi   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Willmar   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Wilmar   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pennock   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Svea   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lake Lillian   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blomkest   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grove City   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Upsala   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Elmdale   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bowlus   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swanville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Flensburg   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Royalton   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sobieski   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sedan   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Westport   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Villard   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Glenwood   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Long Beach   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Starbuck   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lowry   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kerkhoven   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  De Graff   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Benson   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Grey Eagle   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  West Union   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Burtrum   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Long Prairie   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clotho   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  South Haven   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cokato   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lake Henry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lake Henry.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW St. Margarets Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Paynesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Martin Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Gausdal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Louis Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Roseville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Agnes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NW St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Francis de Sales Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Zion Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Free Christians Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Catherine's Cemetery   [Map]     
  W United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lake Henry ...

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 108 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Henry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lake Henry, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lake Henry.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Lake Henry had a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Lake Henry had a population of 110 people.

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

Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lake Henry
 - Spring Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Georgeville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Lake Henry
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Georgeville had a post office and no railroad service
Paynesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lake Henry
 - 1895 population of 352 people (with 2,501 people in 2018)
 - Paynesville had a post office and railroad service
Saint Martin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lake Henry
 - Saint Martin had a post office and no railroad service
Roscoe   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Lake Henry
 - Roscoe had railroad service and no post office
Belgrade   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Lake Henry
 - 1895 population of 396 people (with 773 people in 2018)
 - Belgrade had a post office and railroad service
Farming   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lake Henry
 - Farming had a post office and no railroad service
Meire Grove   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lake Henry
 - 1895 population of 31 people (with 190 people in 2018)
 - Meire Grove 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 Lake Henry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lake Henry 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 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 Lake Henry:

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:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Douglas County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Pope County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Swift County:     Cyndi's



Todd 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Lake Henry ...

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

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 Lake Henry:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Stearns County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lake Henry. 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' (or 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- Lake Henry) 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 Lake Henry. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lake Henry

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Henry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.4622, Longitude: -94.7965     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lake Henry 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 Lake Henry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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