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Maple Plain, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Maple Plain ...

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 Plain (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 Plain. 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 Plain ...

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 Plain.

  • Typical abbreviation for Maple Plain: Maple Pln.

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 Plain is located in Hennepin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hennepin County: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne & Wright.

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

Hennepin     (The home county for Maple Plain)
  Independence   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Loretto   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Long Lake   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Medina   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Orono   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mound   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Spring Park   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Crystal Bay   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Minnetonka Beach   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Minnetrista   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Hamel   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Corcoran   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Anoka   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Columbia Heights   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fridley   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hilltop   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ramsey   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Spring Lake Park   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Andover   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nowthen   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Circle Pines   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ham Lake   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Chanhassen   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Chaska   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hazelton   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Carver   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cologne   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  New Germany   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Young America   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Norwood Young America   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mendota   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lilydale   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mendota Heights   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eagan   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Apple Valley   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sunfish Lake   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Saint Paul   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lakeville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  South Saint Paul   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Inver Grove Heights   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rosemount   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coates   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Isanti   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Le Sueur
  Heidelberg   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Le Sueur   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Plato   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dassel   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Darwin   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Mille Lacs
  Princeton   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lauderdale   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Brighton   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Falcon Heights   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Mounds View   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Arden Hills   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Roseville   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Shoreview   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Little Canada   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  North Oaks   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Vadnais Heights   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gem Lake   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Maplewood   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lonsdale   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Trondjem   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Shakopee   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Marystown   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Prior Lake   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Savage   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Credit River   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Prague   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Union Hill   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  New Market   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elko New Market   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elko   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elk River   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Big Lake   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Becker   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Green Isle   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kimball Prairie   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint Augusta   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Birchwood Village   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Landfall   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Newport   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dellwood   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mahtomedi   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pine Springs   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Paul Park   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Willernie   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hugo   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Woodbury   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grant   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lake Elmo   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Delano   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hanover   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint Michael   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Otsego   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Maple Lake   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Maple Plain ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Anna Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Christ Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE St.s Peter & Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Minnestrista Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maxwell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Long Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive East Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Summit Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Name Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Anne's Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Janes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Delano Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Halsted Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Joseph's Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW St. Bonifacius Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW German Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woodside Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reich Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Swede Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Swede Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lk. Auburn Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Parkers Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive West Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cassel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Watertown Public Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S St. Victoria Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Maple Plain ...

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 399 newspapers that have been published in the area around Maple Plain.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Maple Plain, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Maple Plain.

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 Maple Plain had a population of 145 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Maple Plain had a population of 1,817 people.

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

Long Lake   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Maple Plain
 - Long Lake had a post office and railroad service
Minnetrista   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Maple Plain
 - Minnetrista had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Park   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Maple Plain
 - Spring Park had railroad service and no post office
Minnetonka Beach   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Maple Plain
 - Minnetonka Beach had a post office and railroad service
Ditter   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Maple Plain
 - Ditter had a post office and no railroad service
Hamel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Maple Plain
 - Hamel had a post office and railroad service
Delano   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Maple Plain
 - 1895 population of 889 people (with 6,203 people in 2018)
 - Delano had a post office and railroad service
Wayzata   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Maple Plain
 - 1895 population of 273 people (with 4,592 people in 2018)
 - Wayzata 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 Maple Plain. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Maple Plain 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 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 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 Plain:

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 Hennepin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anoka County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Chisago County:     Cyndi's



Dakota County:     Cyndi's



Isanti County:     Cyndi's



Le Sueur County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Ramsey County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Stearns County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Maple Plain ...

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

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 Plain:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Minnesota

About Hennepin County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Maple Plain:

The official website for Hennepin 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- Maple Plain) 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 Plain. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Maple Plain

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Maple Plain. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.0091, Longitude: -93.6614     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Maple Plain 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 Plain, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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