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Our Genealogy Helper for Magnolia ...

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 Magnolia (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 Magnolia. 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 hospitals 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.

Magnolia is located in Rock County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Rock County: Lyon (IA), Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Minnehaha (SD) & Moody (SD).

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

Rock     (The home county for Magnolia)
  Kanaranzi   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Luverne   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Kenneth   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hardwick   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Steen   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Beaver Creek   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hills   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Okabena   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Heron Lake   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Florence   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Chandler   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Iona   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lake Wilson   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hadley   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fulda   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Slayton   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Currie   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dovray   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  The Lakes   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Adrian   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lismore   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ellsworth   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Leota   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rushmore   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wilmont   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Reading   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Bigelow   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brewster   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Round Lake   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kinbrae   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Edgerton   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Trosky   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jasper Sunrise Village   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Jasper   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hatfield   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ihlen   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pipestone   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Holland   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Airlie   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ruthton   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Dickinson (IA)
  Lake Park (IA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lyon (IA)
  Rock Rapids (IA)   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Little Rock (IA)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lester (IA)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  George (IA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Larchwood (IA)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Alvord (IA)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Doon (IA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Inwood (IA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
O'Brien (IA)
  Sheldon (IA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sanborn (IA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Archer (IA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Osceola (IA)
  Sibley (IA)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Allendorf (IA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ashton (IA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cloverdale (IA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ocheyedan (IA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Melvin (IA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harris (IA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  May City (IA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Sioux (IA)
  Matlock (IA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Boyden (IA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hull (IA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rock Valley (IA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sioux Center (IA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Westbrook Village (IA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hospers (IA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lebanon (IA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (SD)
  Shindler (SD)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Canton (SD)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harrisburg (SD)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fairview (SD)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hudson (SD)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Worthing (SD)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tea (SD)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Minnehaha (SD)
  Valley Springs (SD)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Garretson (SD)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sherman (SD)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brandon (SD)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rowena (SD)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pine Lakes Addition (SD)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Split Rock Heights (SD)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Meadow View Addition (SD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Midway (SD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Norton Acres (SD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Renner Corner (SD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Renner (SD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Moody (SD)
  Trent (SD)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Egan (SD)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Flandreau (SD)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sioux Falls Junction (SD)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lone Tree (SD)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ward (SD)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Magnolia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Magnolia.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Westside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Ash Wood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Kenneth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Catherines Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blue Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Norwegian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Restlawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Maplewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Grand Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Mary's Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Adrian Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adrian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lismore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Anthonys Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Magnolia ...

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 135 newspapers that have been published in the area around Magnolia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Magnolia. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Magnolia and those printed in the larger area surrounding Magnolia.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Magnolia.

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 Magnolia had a population of 30 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Magnolia had a population of 211 people.

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

Kanaranzi   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Magnolia
 - Kanaranzi had a post office and railroad service
Luverne   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Magnolia
 - 1895 population of 1,466 people (with 4,580 people in 2018)
 - Luverne had a post office and railroad service
Adrian   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Magnolia
 - 1895 population of 671 people (with 1,219 people in 2018)
 - Adrian had a post office and railroad service
Ash Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Magnolia
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Ash Creek had a post office and railroad service
Ellsworth   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Magnolia
 - 1895 population of 258 people (with 462 people in 2018)
 - Ellsworth had a post office and railroad service
Hardwick   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Magnolia
 - Hardwick had railroad service and no post office
Steen   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Magnolia
 - Steen had railroad service and no post office
Rushmore   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Magnolia
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 338 people in 2018)
 - Rushmore 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 Magnolia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Magnolia in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Magnolia:

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 Rock County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Lyon County:     Cyndi's



Murray County:     Cyndi's



Nobles County:     Cyndi's



Pipestone County:     Cyndi's



Dickinson County (IA):     Cyndi's



Lyon County (IA):     Cyndi's



O'Brien County (IA):     Cyndi's

Osceola County (IA):     Cyndi's



Sioux County (IA):     Cyndi's



Lincoln County (SD):     Cyndi's



Minnehaha County (SD):     Cyndi's



Moody County (SD):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Magnolia ...

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

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 Magnolia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Rock County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Rock 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- Magnolia) 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 Magnolia. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Magnolia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Magnolia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.6453, Longitude: -96.0794     [Map].

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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 Magnolia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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