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Lake Park, Minnesota
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Our Genealogy Helper for Lake Park ...

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 Park (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 Park. 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 Park ...

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 Park.

  • Typical abbreviation for Lake Park: Lk. Park

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 and hospitals 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.

Lake Park is located in Becker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Becker County: Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail & Wadena.

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

Becker     (The home county for Lake Park)
  Audubon   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Callaway   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Detroit Lakes   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ogema   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  White Earth   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Rochert   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Frazee   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elbow Lake   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pine Point   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ponsford   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wolf Lake   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hitterdal   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hawley   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ulen   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Barnesville   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Glyndon   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Felton   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Sabin   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dilworth   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Moorhead   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakport   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Comstock   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Georgetown   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Long Lost Lake   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Waubun   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mahnomen   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Southeast Mahnomen   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Naytahwaush   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bejou   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Roy Lake   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flom   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Twin Valley   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Borup   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gary   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ada   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Perley   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Otter Tail
  Pelican Rapids   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Vergas   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Erhard   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dent   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Perham   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ottertail   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rothsay   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wolverton   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Cass (ND)
  Briarwood (ND)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fargo (ND)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  North River (ND)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wild Rice (ND)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frontier (ND)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Prairie Rose (ND)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oxbow (ND)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Reile's Acres (ND)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Harwood (ND)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Fargo (ND)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Horace (ND)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Richland (ND)
  Christine (ND)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lake Park ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Lk. Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Baarstad Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Eskjo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Houglum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Strandvik Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Felker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Audubon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Felker Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Saron Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Larson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Solem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cook Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cook Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Swedish Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Highland Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dale Covenant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hegland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Park Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Peter's Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Cormorant Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW West Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Old Yankee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lk. Eunice Evangelical Free Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Upsala Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richwood Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Lake Park ...

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 98 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Park.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Lake Park had a population of 349 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Lake Park had a population of 799 people.

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

Audubon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Lake Park
 - 1895 population of 159 people (with 526 people in 2018)
 - Audubon had a post office and railroad service
Winnipeg Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Lake Park
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Winnipeg Junction had a post office and railroad service
Hitterdal   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Lake Park
 - Hitterdal had a post office and railroad service
Cormorant   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Lake Park
 - Cormorant had a post office and no railroad service
Hawley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Lake Park
 - 1895 population of 270 people (with 2,205 people in 2018)
 - Hawley had a post office and railroad service
Rollag   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lake Park
 - Rollag had a post office and no railroad service
Bucks Mill   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lake Park
 - Bucks Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Richwood   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lake Park
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Richwood had a post office and no railroad service
Muskoda   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) from Lake Park
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Muskoda had a post office and railroad service
Tansem   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lake Park
 - Tansem 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 Park. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lake Park in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Park:

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 Becker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:     Cyndi's



Clearwater County:     Cyndi's



Mahnomen County:     Cyndi's



Norman County:     Cyndi's



Otter Tail County:     Cyndi's



Wilkin County:     Cyndi's



Cass County (ND):     Cyndi's



Richland County (ND):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Lake Park ...

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

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 Park:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Minnesota

About Becker County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Becker 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- Lake Park) 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 Lake Park. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lake Park

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Park. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8839, Longitude: -96.0985     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lake Park 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 Lake Park, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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