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Mission, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Mission ...

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 Mission (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 Mission. 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.

Mission 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 Mission. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Mission:

Crow Wing     (The home county for Mission)
  Crosslake   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Trommald   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cuyuna   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Riverton   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Crosby   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Breezy Point   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Manhattan Beach   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Deerwood   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Merrifield   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lake Hubert   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pequot Lakes   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Aitkin   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Palisade   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Northwest Aitkin   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Swatara   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Davidson   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hill City   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McGregor   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Jewett   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lake Shore   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Outing   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pine River   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Chickamaw Beach   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  East Gull Lake   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wabedo   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Backus   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pillager   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Longville   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hackensack   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Remer   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  East Cass   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Mille Lacs
  Vineland   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Onamia   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wahkon   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Harding   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Motley   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lastrup   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hillman   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Randall   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Staples   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Nimrod   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mission ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mission.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Pinewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wolford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lk. Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Irondale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Lakewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Carrol Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  WSW Nisswa Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thorp - Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedarbrook - St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Swanburg Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Mission ...

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 113 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mission.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mission, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mission.

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

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

Deerwood   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mission
 - Deerwood had a post office and railroad service
Aitkin   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mission
 - 1895 population of 737 people (with 2,001 people in 2018)
 - Aitkin had a post office and railroad service
Brainerd   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mission
 - 1895 population of 5,703 people (with 13,465 people in 2018)
 - Brainerd had a post office and railroad service
Pine River   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mission
 - Pine River had a post office and no railroad service
Baxter   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mission
 - Baxter had railroad service and no post office
Garrison   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mission
 - Garrison had a post office and no railroad service
Nichols   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mission
 - Nichols had a post office and no railroad service
Rossburg   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the East (E) from Mission
 - Rossburg had railroad service and no post office
Crow Wing   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mission
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Crow Wing 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 Mission. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mission 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 either 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 Mission:

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 Minnesota Community

About Crow Wing County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mission. 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 '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- Mission) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mission. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.5880, Longitude: -94.0511     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mission 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 Mission, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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