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Lester Prairie, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Lester Prairie ...

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 Lester Prairie (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 Lester Prairie. 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 Lester Prairie ...

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 Lester Prairie.

  • Typical abbreviation for Lester Prairie: Lester Pr.

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.

Lester Prairie is located in McLeod County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McLeod County: Carver, Meeker, Renville, Sibley & Wright.

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

McLeod     (The home county for Lester Prairie)
  Winsted   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Plato   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Stewart   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fernando   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Anoka   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ramsey   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Columbia Heights   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fridley   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hilltop   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Norwood Young America   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Young America   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cologne   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Bonifacius   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Minnetrista   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mound   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Independence   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Spring Park   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Maple Plain   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Minnetonka Beach   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Orono   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shorewood   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tonka Bay   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Loretto   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Crystal Bay   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Le Sueur
  Le Sueur   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Heidelberg   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Le Center   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Grove City   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Peter   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Buffalo Lake   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hector   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Marystown   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shakopee   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Union Hill   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Prior Lake   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Prague   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Savage   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Credit River   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Market   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Elko New Market   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Big Lake   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Becker   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elk River   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Green Isle   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Gaylord   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gibbon   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cokato   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Delano   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Maple Lake   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hanover   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Michael   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lester Prairie ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lester Prairie.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lester Prairie City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Swedish Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Township Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bergan Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crow River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ferguson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Swedish Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nylunda Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Adelbert's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Glencoe Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reformed Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rutz Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Koniska Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Forest Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Church of the Ascension Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mau Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Young America Public Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Emanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swede Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Swede Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Watertown Public Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Lester Prairie ...

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 163 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lester Prairie.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Lester Prairie. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Lester Prairie and those printed in the larger area surrounding Lester Prairie.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km] of Lester Prairie.

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 Lester Prairie had a population of 189 people in 1895 with railroad service and no post office. In 2018, Lester Prairie had a population of 1,726 people.

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

New Germany   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Lester Prairie
 - New Germany had railroad service and no post office
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lester Prairie
 - Hollywood had a post office and no railroad service
Winsted   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Lester Prairie
 - 1895 population of 267 people (with 2,257 people in 2018)
 - Winsted had a post office and no railroad service
Plato   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Lester Prairie
 - 1895 population of 130 people (with 307 people in 2018)
 - Plato had a post office and railroad service
Mayer   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Lester Prairie
 - Mayer had a post office and railroad service
Silver Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Lester Prairie
 - Silver Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Glencoe   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lester Prairie
 - 1895 population of 1,649 people (with 5,467 people in 2018)
 - Glencoe had a post office and railroad service
Norwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lester Prairie
 - 1895 population of 385 people (with 1,351 people in 1990)
 - Norwood had a post office and railroad service
Young America   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lester Prairie
 - 1895 population of 287 people (with 1,354 people in 1990)
 - Young America had a post office and railroad service
Hamburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lester Prairie
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 521 people in 2018)
 - Hamburg 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 Lester Prairie. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lester Prairie in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Lester Prairie:

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 McLeod County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anoka County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Dakota County:     Cyndi's



Hennepin County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



Le Sueur County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Nicollet County:     Cyndi's



Renville County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Stearns County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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

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 Lester Prairie:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Minnesota Community

About McLeod County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for McLeod County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lester Prairie) 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 Lester Prairie. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lester Prairie

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lester Prairie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.8828, Longitude: -94.0377     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lester Prairie 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 Lester Prairie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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