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Merrifield, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Merrifield ...

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 Merrifield (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 Merrifield. 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 northwest 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 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.

Merrifield is located in Crow Wing County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crow Wing County: Aitkin, Cass, Mille Lacs & Morrison.

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

Crow Wing     (The home county for Merrifield)
  Lake Hubert   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  West Crow Wing   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Nisswa   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Trommald   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Brainerd   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Breezy Point   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Crosby   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pequot Lakes   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cuyuna   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Deerwood   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Aitkin   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Palisade   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Northwest Aitkin   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Swatara   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jewett   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Davidson   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  East Gull Lake   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lake Shore   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pillager   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pine River   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Chickamaw Beach   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Outing   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Backus   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wabedo   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hackensack   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Longville   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Mille Lacs
  Vineland   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Onamia   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wahkon   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Isle   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Harding   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Motley   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lastrup   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Randall   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pierz   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Genola   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Little Falls   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hillman   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Buckman   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flensburg   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sobieski   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Staples   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nimrod   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Aldrich   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Verndale   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Merrifield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Merrifield.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Lk. Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Evergreen Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Thorp - Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Nisswa Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Irondale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wolford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Lakewood Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Merrifield ...

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 140 newspapers that have been published in the area around Merrifield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Merrifield, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Merrifield.

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

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

Brainerd   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Merrifield
 - 1895 population of 5,703 people (with 13,465 people in 2018)
 - Brainerd had a post office and railroad service
Baxter   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Merrifield
 - Baxter had railroad service and no post office
Deerwood   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Merrifield
 - Deerwood had a post office and railroad service
Crow Wing   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Merrifield
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Crow Wing had a post office and railroad service
Pillager   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Merrifield
 - Pillager had a post office and railroad service
Saint Mathias   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Merrifield
 - Saint Mathias had a post office and no railroad service
Garrison   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Merrifield
 - Garrison had a post office and no railroad service
Nichols   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Merrifield
 - Nichols had a post office and no railroad service
Pine River   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Merrifield
 - Pine River had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Merrifield
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 68 people in 2018)
 - Fort Ripley 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 Merrifield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Merrifield 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 professional and volunteer 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 Merrifield:

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 Crow Wing County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Aitkin County:     Cyndi's



Cass County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Todd County:     Cyndi's



Wadena County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Minnesota

About Crow Wing County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Crow Wing 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Merrifield) 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 Merrifield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Merrifield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merrifield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.4650, Longitude: -94.1728     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Merrifield 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 Merrifield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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