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Unorganized Territory of Little Sand Lake, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Little Sand Lake ...

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 Little Sand Lake (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 Little Sand Lake. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Little Sand Lake is located in Itasca County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Itasca County: Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Koochiching & Saint Louis.

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

Itasca     (The home county for Little Sand Lake)
  Calumet   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Marble   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Pengilly   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bovey   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Taconite   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Warba   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Goodland   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Coleraine   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Nashwauk   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Swan River   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  La Prairie   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grand Rapids   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Jacobson   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Northeast Aitkin   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hill City   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Swatara   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Northwest Aitkin   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Palisade   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wahnena   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  East Cass   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Remer   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Louis
  Janette Lake   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hibbing   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Potshot Lake   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Chisholm   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  McCormack   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Floodwood   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Meadowlands   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Buhl   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Side Lake   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Forbes   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kinney   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Iron Junction   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Little Sand Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Little Sand Lake.

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 Little Sand Lake covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Trout Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Trout Lake Norwegian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S New Wabana Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Blackberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Feeley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Nashwauk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  WSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Itasca Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  

Newspapers Published in Little Sand Lake ...

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 86 newspapers that have been published in the area around Little Sand Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Little Sand Lake, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Little Sand Lake.

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

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

Blackberry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Little Sand Lake
 - Blackberry had railroad service and no post office
Swan River   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Little Sand Lake
 - Swan River had a post office and railroad service
La Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Little Sand Lake
 - La Prairie had a post office and railroad service
Grand Rapids   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Little Sand Lake
 - Grand Rapids had a post office and railroad service
Wawina   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Little Sand Lake
 - Wawina had railroad service and no post office
Cohasset   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) from Little Sand Lake
 - Cohasset had railroad service and no post office
Island   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Little Sand Lake
 - Island had railroad service and no post office
Deer River   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Little Sand Lake
 - Deer River 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 Little Sand Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Little Sand Lake in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - you should note 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 Little Sand Lake:

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 Itasca County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Aitkin County:     Cyndi's



Cass County:     Cyndi's



Saint Louis County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Disaster Stories from Minnesota

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Minnesota

About Itasca County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Itasca 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- Little Sand Lake) 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 Little Sand Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Unorganized Territory of Little Sand Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Little Sand Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.2497, Longitude: -93.2524     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Little Sand Lake 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 Little Sand Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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