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Merriam, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Merriam ...

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 Merriam (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 Merriam. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

Merriam is located in Scott County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Scott County: Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice & Sibley.

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

Scott     (The home county for Merriam)
  Marystown   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Jordan   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Shakopee   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Prior Lake   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Credit River   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Savage   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  New Prague   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Union Hill   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Market   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elko New Market   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Elko   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Columbia Heights   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hilltop   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fridley   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spring Lake Park   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Coon Rapids   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Anoka   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Circle Pines   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ramsey   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Andover   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lino Lakes   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Blue Earth
  Madison Lake   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Carver   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Chaska   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Chanhassen   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Victoria   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cologne   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Waconia   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hydes Lake   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Young America   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Norwood Young America   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mayer   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lakeville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Apple Valley   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Eagan   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eureka Center   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Mendota   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Mendota Heights   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rosemount   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lilydale   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Castle Rock   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Inver Grove Heights   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dennison   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cannon Falls   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eden Prairie   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Shorewood   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tonka Bay   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Deephaven   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Minnetonka Beach   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mound   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spring Park   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Saint Bonifacius   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Crystal Bay   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Minnetonka   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Le Sueur
  Heidelberg   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Le Sueur   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Le Center   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kilkenny   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kasota   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Marysburg   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elysian   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Plato   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lester Prairie   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Winsted   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Biscay   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brownton   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hutchinson   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Peter   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Falcon Heights   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lauderdale   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Roseville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Brighton   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arden Hills   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Little Canada   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mounds View   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Shoreview   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maplewood   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vadnais Heights   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gem Lake   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lonsdale   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Trondjem   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dundas   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Northfield   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cannon City   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Faribault   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Warsaw   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Morristown   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nerstrand   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Green Isle   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gaylord   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Winthrop   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Newport   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Paul Park   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cottage Grove   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Landfall   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Woodbury   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Birchwood Village   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pine Springs   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lake Elmo   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mahtomedi   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Willernie   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Afton   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Delano   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hanover   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Michael   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Howard Lake   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Otsego   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cokato   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Albion Center   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pierce (WI)
  Prescott (WI)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Merriam ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Merriam.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Nickolas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Guardian Angel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Swedish Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Preiss Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Swedish Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spirit Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW German Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Augustana Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW St. Victoria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fish Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Aspden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W West Union Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Lk. Auburn Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eden Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Hubert's Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cologne United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eden Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodside Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Merriam ...

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 366 newspapers that have been published in the area around Merriam.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Merriam, 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 Merriam.

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, Merriam had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Marystown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Merriam
 - Marystown had a post office and no railroad service
Carver   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Merriam
 - 1895 population of 625 people (with 4,960 people in 2018)
 - Carver had a post office and railroad service
East Union   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Merriam
 - East Union had a post office and no railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Merriam
 - 1895 population of 1,233 people (with 6,276 people in 2018)
 - Jordan had a post office and railroad service
Dahlgren   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Merriam
 - Dahlgren had railroad service and no post office
Chaska   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Merriam
 - 1895 population of 2,210 people (with 26,765 people in 2018)
 - Chaska had a post office and railroad service
Shakopee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Merriam
 - 1895 population of 1,757 people (with 41,362 people in 2018)
 - Shakopee had a post office and railroad service
Hazeltine   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Merriam
 - Hazeltine had railroad service and no post office
Augusta   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Merriam
 - Augusta had a post office and railroad service
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Merriam
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Merriam. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Merriam 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 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 - 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 Merriam:

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 Scott County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anoka County:     Cyndi's



Blue Earth County:     Cyndi's



Carver County:     Cyndi's



Dakota County:     Cyndi's



Goodhue County:     Cyndi's



Hennepin County:     Cyndi's



Le Sueur County:     Cyndi's



McLeod County:     Cyndi's



Nicollet County:     Cyndi's



Ramsey County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Sibley County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Wright County:     Cyndi's



Pierce County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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

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 Merriam:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Scott County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Scott 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Merriam) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merriam. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7377, Longitude: -93.5944     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Merriam 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 Merriam, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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