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Middle River, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Middle River ...

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 Middle River (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 Middle River. 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 Middle River ...

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 Middle River.

  • Typical abbreviation for Middle River: Middle Riv.

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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Middle River is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Beltrami, Kittson, Pennington, Polk, Roseau, Grand Forks (ND), Pembina (ND) & Walsh (ND).

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

Marshall     (The home county for Middle River)
  Holt   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Newfolden   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mud Lake   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Strandquist   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gatzke   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Viking   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Grygla   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Espelie   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Argyle   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Warren   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stephen   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  North Beltrami   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Four Town   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Karlstad   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Deerwood   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Halma   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  East Kittson   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lake Bronson   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Donaldson   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kennedy   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McKinley   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Thief River Falls   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Goodridge   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Hilaire   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Erie   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Euclid   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Red Lake
  Plummer   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Red Lake Falls   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Strathcona   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Greenbush   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Badger   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wannaska   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Northwest Roseau   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Roseau   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Salol   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Middle River ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Middle River.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Finnish Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Gaarde Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Spruce Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Huntly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Ringbo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Augustana Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Folden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Opdahl Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Our Savior's Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wikstrom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sorenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sandridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lorenson Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Middle River ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Middle River.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Middle River. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Middle River and those printed in the larger area surrounding Middle River.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km] of Middle River.

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

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

Holt   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Middle River
 - Holt had a post office and no railroad service
Pelan   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Middle River
 - Pelan had a post office and no railroad service
Viking   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Middle River
 - Viking had a post office and no railroad service
Foldahl   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Middle River
 - Foldahl had a post office and no railroad service
Englund   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the West (W) from Middle River
 - Englund 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 Middle River. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Middle River 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 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 Middle River:

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Beltrami County:     Cyndi's



Kittson County:     Cyndi's



Pennington County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Red Lake County:     Cyndi's



Roseau County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Marshall County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Minnesota   Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Minnesota, for Marshall 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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- Middle River) 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 Middle River. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Middle River

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Middle River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.4349, Longitude: -96.1619     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Middle River 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 Middle River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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