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Milan, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Milan ...

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 Milan (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 Milan. 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.

Milan is located in Chippewa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chippewa County: Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Renville, Swift & Yellow Medicine.

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

Chippewa     (The home county for Milan)
  Big Bend City   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Watson   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Montevideo   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Maynard   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clara City   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Big Stone
  Correll   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Odessa   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ortonville   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Johnson   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Graceville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pennock   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sunburg   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Prinsburg   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lac qui Parle
  Louisburg   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Madison   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Boyd   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Bellingham   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Marietta   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Nassau   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cottonwood   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Taunton   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Minneota   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cyrus   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Prairie - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Starbuck   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sacred Heart   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Renville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hancock   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morris   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chokio   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Donnelly   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Appleton   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Holloway   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Danvers   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Benson   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Clontarf   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  De Graff   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kerkhoven   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Yellow Medicine
  Clarkfield   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hazel Run   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Granite Falls   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint Leo   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hanley Falls   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Canby   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Porter   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wood Lake   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Deuel (SD)
  Gary (SD)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Moritz (SD)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tunerville (SD)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grant (SD)
  Big Stone City (SD)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Albee (SD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Revillo (SD)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Milbank (SD)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  La Bolt (SD)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  LaBolt (SD)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Milan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Milan.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Kviteseid Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Appleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Lac qui Parle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Original Big Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Bend Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE West Bank Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Borgund Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mandt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Minnesota Valley Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Milan ...

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 246 newspapers that have been published in the area around Milan.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Milan had a population of 300 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Milan had a population of 358 people.

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

Cerro Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Milan
 - Cerro Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Lac qui Parle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Milan
 - Lac qui Parle had a post office and no railroad service
Hagan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Milan
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Hagan had a post office and no railroad service
Appleton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Milan
 - 1895 population of 994 people (with 1,331 people in 2018)
 - Appleton had a post office and railroad service
Watson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Milan
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 191 people in 2018)
 - Watson had a post office and railroad service
Holloway   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Milan
 - Holloway had a post office and railroad service
Danvers   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Milan
 - Danvers had railroad service and no post office
Louisburg   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Milan
 - Louisburg had railroad service and no post office
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Milan
 - 1895 population of 418 people (with 1,406 people in 2018)
 - Dawson 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 Milan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Milan 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 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 Milan:

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 Chippewa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Big Stone County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



Lac qui Parle County:     Cyndi's



Lyon County:     Cyndi's



Pope County:     Cyndi's



Renville County:     Cyndi's



Stevens County:     Cyndi's



Swift County:     Cyndi's



Yellow Medicine County:     Cyndi's



Deuel County (SD):     Cyndi's



Grant County (SD):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Chippewa 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      South Dakota

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Milan ...

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

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 Milan:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Milan in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Milan for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Chippewa County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Milan:

The official website for Chippewa 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Milan) 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 Milan. 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 Milan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Milan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.1132, Longitude: -95.9137     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Milan 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 Milan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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