A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Our Genealogy Helper for Litchfield ...
We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:
By learning about Litchfield (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 Litchfield. 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 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.
Litchfield is located in Meeker County and is the County Seat.
Below are the counties that are near Litchfield. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Litchfield:
For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Litchfield, see our County-by-County Page for Litchfield.
Cemeteries Near Litchfield ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Litchfield.
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 Litchfield covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Litchfield ...
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 89 newspapers that have been published in the area around Litchfield.
We have organized these newspapers into two lists:
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 Litchfield had a population of 1,899 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Litchfield had a population of 6,643 people.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Litchfield, with the one closest to Litchfield listed first.
We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Litchfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Litchfield 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 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 Litchfield:
These websites are specific to Minnesota:
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 Meeker County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:
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.
Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Litchfield ...
While our initial data about Litchfield came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Litchfield 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 Litchfield.
We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.
Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
Notes for Litchfield:
We have found Litchfield in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Litchfield for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Litchfield. See our Misc Page for Litchfield for more information.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Litchfield. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Meeker County: www.co.meeker.mn.us/
The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/
This page was last modified: 20 Oct 2019