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Our Genealogy Helper for Lansing ...

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 Lansing (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 Lansing. 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 northwest 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 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.

Lansing is located in Mower County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mower County: Howard (IA), Mitchell (IA), Worth (IA), Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn & Olmsted.

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

Mower     (The home county for Lansing)
  Mapleview   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Brownsdale   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Austin   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Waltham   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sargeant   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Renova - Historic   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rose Creek   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Elkton   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lyle   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Adams   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Grand Meadow   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hayfield   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Claremont   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dodge Center   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kasson   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mantorville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  West Concord   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Walters   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wells   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kiester   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ostrander   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Etna   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wykoff   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chatfield   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hollandale   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Myrtle   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clarks Grove   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Albert Lea   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Twin Lakes   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Conger   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pine Island   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kenyon   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wanamingo   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Zumbrota   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Shanty Town   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Byron   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Post Town   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Genoa   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oronoco   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Eyota   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Moland   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Morristown   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Warsaw   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Blooming Prairie   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ellendale   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Hope   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Owatonna   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Medford   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Vista   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Richland   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Waseca   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Waldorf   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Cerro Gordo (IA)
  Plymouth (IA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rock Falls (IA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Howard (IA)
  Riceville (IA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chester (IA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lime Springs (IA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Forest City (IA) - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mitchell (IA)
  Toeterville (IA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Carpenter (IA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stacyville (IA)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Meyer (IA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saint Ansgar (IA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Little Cedar (IA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McIntire (IA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mitchell (IA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Osage (IA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rock Creek (IA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Orchard (IA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Winnebago (IA)
  Lake Mills (IA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Scarville (IA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Worth (IA)
  Northwood (IA)   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bolan (IA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Silver Lake (IA)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Grafton (IA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kensett (IA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Manly (IA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bristol (IA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Joice (IA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hanlontown (IA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fertile (IA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lansing ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lansing.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Lansing Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Udolpho Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Michael's Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Waltham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Red Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Old Red Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW First Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grandview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Grand View Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moscow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lansing ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lansing.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lansing, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lansing.

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 Lansing had a population of 150 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Ramsey   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Lansing
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Ramsey had railroad service and no post office
Austin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Lansing
 - 1895 population of 3,901 people (with 25,190 people in 2018)
 - Austin had a post office and railroad service
Brownsdale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Lansing
 - 1895 population of 282 people (with 692 people in 2018)
 - Brownsdale had a post office and railroad service
Moscow   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Lansing
 - Moscow had a post office and no railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lansing
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Oakland had a post office and railroad service
Waltham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Lansing
 - Waltham had a post office and railroad service
Varco   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Lansing
 - Varco had railroad service and no post office
Blooming Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lansing
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 1,960 people in 2018)
 - Blooming Prairie had a post office and railroad service
Sargeant   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lansing
 - Sargeant had a post office and railroad service
Renova - Historic   [Map]
 - While Renova was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Lansing
 - Renova had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Lansing. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lansing 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 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 Lansing:

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 Mower County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Faribault County:     Cyndi's



Fillmore County:     Cyndi's



Freeborn County:     Cyndi's



Goodhue County:     Cyndi's



Olmsted County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Steele County:     Cyndi's



Waseca County:     Cyndi's



Cerro Gordo County (IA):     Cyndi's



Howard County (IA):     Cyndi's



Mitchell County (IA):     Cyndi's



Winnebago County (IA):     Cyndi's



Worth County (IA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Lansing ...

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

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 Lansing:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Minnesota

About Mower County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lansing. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.7452, Longitude: -92.9702     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lansing 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 Lansing, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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