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Maple Lake, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Maple 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 Maple 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 Maple 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.

Name Variations for Maple Lake ...

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 Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Maple Lake: Maple Lk.

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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Maple Lake is located in Wright County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wright County: Carver, Hennepin, McLeod, Meeker, Sherburne & Stearns.

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

Wright     (The home county for Maple Lake)
  Silver Creek   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Albion Center   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Annandale   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  South Haven   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clearwater   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cokato   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Nowthen   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ramsey   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Anoka   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Francis   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Andover   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cedar   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bethel   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fridley   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Spring Lake Park   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hilltop   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sauk Rapids   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Foley   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ronneby   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oak Park   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rice   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Young America   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Norwood Young America   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cologne   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chanhassen   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Independence   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rogers   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Loretto   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Corcoran   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Maple Plain   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Medina   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Minnetrista   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Bonifacius   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hamel   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mound   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Isanti   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Atwater   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Plato   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Forest City   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cedar Mills   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grove City   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cosmos   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mille Lacs
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Estes Brook   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pease   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Foreston   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Milaca   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mounds View   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Brighton   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Shakopee   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Becker   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Big Lake   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Elk River   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Green Isle   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pleasant Lake   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Saint Cloud   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Waite Park   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cold Spring   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Evergreen Village   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sartell   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Maple Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Maple 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 Maple Lake covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE St. Timothy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Old St. Timothy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Corinna Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Alamaa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. Ignatius Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Albion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marysville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW St. Mark's Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Our Savior Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW National Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Apostolic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pelican Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Crow River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kreidler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Henrys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Maple 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 117 newspapers that have been published in the area around Maple Lake.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Maple Lake. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Maple Lake and those printed in the larger area surrounding Maple Lake.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km] of Maple 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Maple Lake had a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Maple Lake had a population of 2,155 people.

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

Silver Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Maple Lake
 - Silver Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Annandale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Maple Lake
 - 1895 population of 211 people (with 3,395 people in 2018)
 - Annandale had a post office and railroad service
Buffalo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Maple Lake
 - 1895 population of 606 people (with 16,315 people in 2018)
 - Buffalo had a post office and no railroad service
Hasty   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Maple Lake
 - Hasty had a post office and no railroad service
Smith Lake   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Maple Lake
 - Smith Lake had a post office and railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Maple Lake
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 1,525 people in 2018)
 - Waverly had railroad service and no post office
Monticello   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Maple Lake
 - 1895 population of 503 people (with 13,747 people in 2018)
 - Monticello had a post office and railroad service
Fairhaven   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Maple Lake
 - Fairhaven had a post office and no railroad service
South Haven   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Maple Lake
 - South Haven had a post office and railroad service
Howard Lake   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Maple Lake
 - Howard Lake 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 Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Maple Lake 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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Maple 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 Wright County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anoka County:     Cyndi's



Benton County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Hennepin County:     Cyndi's



Isanti County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Ramsey County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Stearns County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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

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 Maple Lake:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Wright County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Maple Lake:

The official website for Wright County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Maple Lake) 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 Maple Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Maple Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Maple Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.2333, Longitude: -94.0056     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Maple 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 Maple Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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