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

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 Shore (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 Shore. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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 Shore is located in Cass County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cass County: Aitkin, Beltrami, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd & Wadena.

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

Cass     (The home county for Lake Shore)
  East Gull Lake   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Pillager   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pine River   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Chickamaw Beach   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Backus   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Outing   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hackensack   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wabedo   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Longville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ah-gwah-ching   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Aitkin   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Crow Wing
  Nisswa   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lake Hubert   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Pequot Lakes   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  West Crow Wing   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Merrifield   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Breezy Point   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Jenkins   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brainerd   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Trommald   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Crosslake   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Akeley   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nevis   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mille Lacs
  Vineland   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Motley   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Randall   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harding   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lastrup   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Little Falls   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Flensburg   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Genola   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pierz   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sobieski   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hillman   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Staples   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Hewitt   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bertha   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Browerville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clarissa   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eagle Bend   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nimrod   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Aldrich   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Verndale   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sebeka   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wadena   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Menahga   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lake Shore ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Nisswa Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Grace Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thorp - Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Lunde Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Thomas of the Pines   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Lk. Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Our Saviour's Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pequot Lakes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Mayo Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moose Lake Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lake Shore ...

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 154 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Shore.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lake Shore, 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 Lake Shore.

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

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

Baxter   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lake Shore
 - Baxter had railroad service and no post office
Brainerd   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lake Shore
 - 1895 population of 5,703 people (with 13,465 people in 2018)
 - Brainerd had a post office and railroad service
Pillager   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lake Shore
 - Pillager had a post office and railroad service
Crow Wing   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lake Shore
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Crow Wing had a post office and railroad service
Pine River   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North (N) from Lake Shore
 - Pine River had a post office and no railroad service
Ellis   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West (W) from Lake Shore
 - Ellis had a post office and no railroad service
Motley   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lake Shore
 - 1895 population of 525 people (with 653 people in 2018)
 - Motley had a post office and railroad service
Saint Mathias   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lake Shore
 - Saint Mathias 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 Shore. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lake Shore 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 - 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 Shore:

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 Cass County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Aitkin County:     Cyndi's



Crow Wing County:     Cyndi's



Hubbard County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Todd County:     Cyndi's



Wadena County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Cass County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lake Shore:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Shore. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.5000, Longitude: -94.3608     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lake Shore 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 Shore, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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