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Litchfield, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Litchfield ...

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 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.

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

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:

Meeker     (The home county for Litchfield)
  Darwin   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Forest City   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Grove City   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sauk Rapids   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Young America   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Norwood Young America   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saint Bonifacius   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kandiyohi   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lake Lillian   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Spicer   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  New London   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Regal   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Svea   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Willmar   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wilmar   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Blomkest   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pennock   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Prinsburg   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stewart   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fernando   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Plato   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Buffalo Lake   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hector   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bird Island   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Olivia   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Danube   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Renville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Becker   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Big Lake   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Green Isle   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gibbon   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Paynesville   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Roscoe   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cold Spring   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lake Henry   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Martin   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pleasant Lake   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kerkhoven   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cokato   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  South Haven   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Maple Lake   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Silver Creek   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Delano   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Ripley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Ness Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Ellsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Gertrude Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW First Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S St. Columban Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Swan Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ostmark Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Dassel Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE West Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Manannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Litchfield ...

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 89 newspapers that have been published in the area around Litchfield.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Litchfield. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Litchfield and those printed in the larger area surrounding Litchfield.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 38 miles [61.2 km] of Litchfield.

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.

Darwin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Litchfield
 - Darwin had a post office and railroad service
Forest City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Litchfield
 - Forest City had a post office and no railroad service
Grove City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Litchfield
 - 1895 population of 349 people (with 618 people in 2018)
 - Grove City had a post office and railroad service
Greenleaf   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Litchfield
 - Greenleaf had a post office and no railroad service
Rosendale   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Litchfield
 - Rosendale had a post office and no railroad service
Dassel   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Litchfield
 - 1895 population of 552 people (with 1,424 people in 2018)
 - Dassel had a post office and railroad service
Manannah   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Litchfield
 - Manannah had a post office and no railroad service
Kingston   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Litchfield
 - Kingston 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 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:

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 Meeker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Hennepin County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Renville County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Stearns County:     Cyndi's



Swift County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Meeker County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Minnesota   Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Minnesota, for Meeker 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 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.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Litchfield:

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

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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Minnesota

About Meeker County

About Minnesota

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:

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- Litchfield) 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 Litchfield. 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 Litchfield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Litchfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.1222, Longitude: -94.5254     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Litchfield have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Litchfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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