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Mesaba, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Mesaba ...

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 Mesaba (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 Mesaba. 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 and doctors 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.

Mesaba is located in Saint Louis County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Louis County: Aitkin, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake & Douglas (WI).

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

Saint Louis     (The home county for Mesaba)
  Hoyt Lakes   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Allen   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Embarrass   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hush Lake   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Babbitt   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Biwabik   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Belgrade   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hay Lake   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bear Head Lake   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  McKinley   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Birch Lake   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Jordan   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Isabella   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Murphy City   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stewart   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mesaba ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mesaba.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Czechoslovakian National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Armanda Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Embarrass Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SW Rauha Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WNW Pike River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  WNW West Pike Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  NW Old Vermilion Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vermilion Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  W Florenton Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Mesaba ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mesaba.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mesaba, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mesaba.

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

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

Hinsdale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mesaba
 - Hinsdale had a post office and railroad service
Soudan   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mesaba
 - Soudan had a post office and railroad service
Tower Junction   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mesaba
 - Tower Junction had railroad service and no post office
Tower   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mesaba
 - 1895 population of 1,110 people (with 489 people in 2018)
 - Tower had a post office and railroad service
Midway   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mesaba
 - Midway had a post office and no railroad service
Ely   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mesaba
 - 1895 population of 901 people (with 3,356 people in 2018)
 - Ely 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 Mesaba. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mesaba in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Mesaba:

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 Saint Louis County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Lake County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Saint Louis County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Louis 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mesaba) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mesaba. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.5688, Longitude: -92.1318     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mesaba 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 Mesaba, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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