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McGrath, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for McGrath ...

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 McGrath (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 McGrath. 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.

McGrath is located in Aitkin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Aitkin County: Carlton, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine & Saint Louis.

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

Aitkin     (The home county for McGrath)
  Jewett   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Davidson   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  McGregor   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Aitkin   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tamarack   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Palisade   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kettle River   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Moose Lake   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wright   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Barnum   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  North Carlton   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clear Creek   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Crow Wing
  Garrison   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Deerwood   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crosby   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cuyuna   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Trommald   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Braham   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stanchfield   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dalbo   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Quamba   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Mora   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ogilvie   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grasston   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Coin   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Mille Lacs
  Isle   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Wahkon   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Onamia   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Vineland   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Bock   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Milaca   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Foreston   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hillman   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Harding   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lastrup   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Finlayson   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Denham   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rutledge   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sandstone   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Willow River   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brook Park   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hinckley   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Askov   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Sturgeon Lake   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Henriette   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beroun   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bruno   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cloverdale   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Burnett (WI)
  West Marshland (WI)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near McGrath ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McGrath.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Grace Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Pliny Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Ostlund Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Redtop Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Wagner Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Jewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SW Isle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of McGrath ...

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 105 newspapers that have been published in the area around McGrath.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of McGrath. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of McGrath and those printed in the larger area surrounding McGrath.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 48 miles [77.2 km] of McGrath.

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.<2>

While we didn't find McGrath in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of McGrath.

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

Opstead   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from McGrath
 - Opstead had a post office and no railroad service
Malmo   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from McGrath
 - Malmo had a post office and no railroad service
Finlayson   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from McGrath
 - 1895 population of 121 people (with 307 people in 2018)
 - Finlayson had a post office and no railroad service
Sandstone   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from McGrath
 - 1895 population of 517 people (with 2,671 people in 2018)
 - Sandstone had a post office and no railroad service
Willow River   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McGrath
 - Willow River had railroad service and no post office
Hinckley   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from McGrath
 - 1895 population of 618 people (with 1,925 people in 2018)
 - Hinckley had a post office and railroad service
Vineland   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from McGrath
 - Vineland had a post office and no railroad service
Kimberly   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from McGrath
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Kimberly had a post office and railroad service
Sturgeon Lake   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McGrath
 - Sturgeon Lake had railroad service and no post office
Mission Creek   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) from McGrath
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Mission Creek 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 McGrath. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McGrath in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 McGrath:

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 Aitkin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carlton County:     Cyndi's



Crow Wing County:     Cyndi's



Isanti County:     Cyndi's



Kanabec County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Pine County:     Cyndi's



Burnett County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Aitkin 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- McGrath) 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 McGrath. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from McGrath

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McGrath. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.2421, Longitude: -93.2748     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McGrath have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 McGrath, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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