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Maple Island, Minnesota
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Our Genealogy Helper for Maple Island ...

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 Maple Island (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 Maple Island. 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 Maple Island ...

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 Maple Island.

  • Typical abbreviation for Maple Island: Maple Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

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 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.

Maple Island is located in Freeborn County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Freeborn County: Winnebago (IA), Worth (IA), Faribault, Mower, Steele & Waseca.

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

Freeborn     (The home county for Maple Island)
  Hollandale   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Geneva   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clarks Grove   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Albert Lea   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Myrtle   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Twin Lakes   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Freeborn   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Conger   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Blue Earth
  Pemberton   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Smiths Mill   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Clair   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mapleton   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hayfield   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Claremont   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dodge Center   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Kasson   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mantorville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Concord   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Walters   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wells   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kiester   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Minnesota Lake   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bricelyn   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Easton   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Frost   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ostrander   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kenyon   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pine Island   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Le Sueur
  Waterville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elysian   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lansing   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mapleview   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Austin   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brownsdale   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Waltham   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sargeant   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Renova - Historic   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rose Creek   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lyle   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dexter   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Elkton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Adams   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Grand Meadow   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Shanty Town   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Byron   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Post Town   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Genoa   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Moland   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Morristown   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Warsaw   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Faribault   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cannon City   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nerstrand   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Blooming Prairie   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ellendale   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hope   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Owatonna   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Medford   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Richland   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Vista   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Waseca   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Waldorf   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Alma City   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Janesville   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Cerro Gordo (IA)
  Plymouth (IA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rock Falls (IA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Mitchell (IA)
  Carpenter (IA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Toeterville (IA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Ansgar (IA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stacyville (IA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Meyer (IA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mitchell (IA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Little Cedar (IA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McIntire (IA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Osage (IA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rock Creek (IA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Winnebago (IA)
  Lake Mills (IA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Scarville (IA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Leland (IA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thompson (IA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Worth (IA)
  Silver Lake (IA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Northwood (IA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bolan (IA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kensett (IA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bristol (IA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grafton (IA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Joice (IA)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Manly (IA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hanlontown (IA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fertile (IA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Maple Island ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Maple Island.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Hollandale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Moscow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Red Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Oakland Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clark Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Summit Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Red Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW East Freeborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Geneva Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Clarks Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Ansgars Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Udolpho Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hayward Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lansing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE First Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW First Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Freeborn County Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Krikva Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kestner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kennevan Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Danish Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Maple Island ...

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 161 newspapers that have been published in the area around Maple Island.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Maple Island, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Maple Island.

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 Maple Island in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Maple Island.

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

Moscow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Maple Island
 - Moscow had a post office and no railroad service
Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Maple Island
 - 1895 population of 290 people (with 538 people in 2018)
 - Geneva had a post office and no railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Maple Island
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Oakland had a post office and railroad service
Hayward   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Maple Island
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 243 people in 2018)
 - Hayward had a post office and railroad service
Clarks Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Maple Island
 - Clarks Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Lansing   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Maple Island
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Lansing had a post office and railroad service
Blooming Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Maple Island
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 1,960 people in 2018)
 - Blooming Prairie had a post office and railroad service
Ramsey   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Maple Island
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Ramsey 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 Maple Island. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Maple Island in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Maple Island:

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 Freeborn County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blue Earth County:     Cyndi's



Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Faribault County:     Cyndi's



Fillmore County:     Cyndi's



Goodhue County:     Cyndi's



Le Sueur County:     Cyndi's



Mower County:     Cyndi's



Olmsted County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Steele County:     Cyndi's



Waseca County:     Cyndi's



Cerro Gordo County (IA):     Cyndi's



Mitchell County (IA):     Cyndi's



Winnebago County (IA):     Cyndi's



Worth County (IA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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About Freeborn County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Freeborn 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Maple Island) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Maple Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.7616, Longitude: -93.1638     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Maple Island 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 Maple Island, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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