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Mora, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Mora ...

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 Mora (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 Mora. 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.

Mora is located in Kanabec County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanabec County: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs & Pine.

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

Kanabec     (The home county for Mora)
  Quamba   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Ogilvie   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Grasston   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Coin   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  McGrath   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jewett   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bethel   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saint Francis   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  East Bethel   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nowthen   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedar   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Park   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ronneby   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Foley   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rush City   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harris   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  North Branch   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Branch   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Almelund   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stacy   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Center City   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Chisago City   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lindstrom   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Crow Wing
  Garrison   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Braham   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dalbo   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Stanchfield   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grandy   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Minnesota Boys Town   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Isanti   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
Mille Lacs
  Bock   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Isle   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Milaca   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Wahkon   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pease   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Onamia   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Foreston   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Estes Brook   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vineland   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hillman   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Buckman   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lastrup   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harding   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Genola   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pierz   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Henriette   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brook Park   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pine City   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Beroun   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hinckley   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rock Creek   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sandstone   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cloverdale   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Finlayson   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Askov   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rutledge   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Denham   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Santiago   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elk River   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Burnett (WI)
  Randall (WI)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Anderson (WI)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grantsburg (WI)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grantsburg (WI)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Marshland (WI)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wood River (WI)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Trade Lake (WI)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lincoln (WI)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Union (WI)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Daniels (WI)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (WI)
  Sterling (WI)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Laketown (WI)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eureka (WI)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Mora ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mora.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Knife Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. Kathryn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Henriette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grasston Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Grass Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Rice Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brook Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S North Maple Ridge Covenant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mora ...

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 79 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mora.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mora. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mora and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mora.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Mora.

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 in 1895, Mora had a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Mora had a population of 3,540 people.

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

Brunswick   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Mora
 - Brunswick had a post office and no railroad service
Grass Lake   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mora
 - Grass Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Braham   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mora
 - Braham had a post office and no railroad service
Dalbo   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mora
 - Dalbo had a post office and no railroad service
Stanchfield   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mora
 - Stanchfield had railroad service and no post office
Pine City   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mora
 - 1895 population of 535 people (with 3,127 people in 2018)
 - Pine City had a post office and railroad service
Springvale   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South (S) from Mora
 - Springvale had a post office and no railroad service
Rush Point   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mora
 - Rush Point had a post office and no railroad service
Mission Creek   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mora
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Mission Creek had a post office and railroad service
Milaca   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mora
 - 1895 population of 404 people (with 2,914 people in 2018)
 - Milaca 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 Mora. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mora 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 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 Mora:

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 Kanabec County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Aitkin County:     Cyndi's



Anoka County:     Cyndi's



Benton County:     Cyndi's



Chisago County:     Cyndi's



Crow Wing County:     Cyndi's



Isanti County:     Cyndi's



Mille Lacs County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Pine County:     Cyndi's



Sherburne County:     Cyndi's



Burnett County (WI):     Cyndi's



Polk County (WI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Kanabec 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Mora ...

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

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 Mora:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Kanabec County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mora:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mora. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8775, Longitude: -93.2920     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mora 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 Mora, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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