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Our Genealogy Helper for Renova ...

So far, we have found very little information about Renova. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Renova to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Renova, please Contact Us.

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 Renova (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 Renova. 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Renova is historic, it would have been located within present day Mower County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mower County: Howard (IA), Mitchell (IA), Worth (IA), Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn & Olmsted.

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

Mower     (The home county for Renova)
  Dexter   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<2>
  Sargeant   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Brownsdale   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Elkton   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Waltham   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Rose Creek   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Grand Meadow   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lansing   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mapleview   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Austin   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Adams   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Taopi   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hayfield   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dodge Center   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kasson   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mantorville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Claremont   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  West Concord   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ostrander   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Etna   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wykoff   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chatfield   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fountain   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Preston   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harmony   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lanesboro   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hollandale   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Myrtle   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clarks Grove   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Albert Lea   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Twin Lakes   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Conger   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pine Island   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kenyon   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wanamingo   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Zumbrota   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Shanty Town   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Byron   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Post Town   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Genoa   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oronoco   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eyota   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Viola   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dover   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Moland   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Blooming Prairie   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ellendale   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hope   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Owatonna   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Medford   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mazeppa   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hammond   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Richland   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vista   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Troy   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint Charles   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Cerro Gordo (IA)
  Plymouth (IA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rock Falls (IA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Howard (IA)
  Chester (IA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Riceville (IA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Forest City (IA) - Historic   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lime Springs (IA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elma (IA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Mitchell (IA)
  Meyer (IA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stacyville (IA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Toeterville (IA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  McIntire (IA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Little Cedar (IA)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saint Ansgar (IA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Carpenter (IA)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mitchell (IA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Osage (IA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Orchard (IA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rock Creek (IA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Worth (IA)
  Bolan (IA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Northwood (IA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grafton (IA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kensett (IA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Silver Lake (IA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Manly (IA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Renova ...

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 129 newspapers that have been published in the area around Renova.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Renova, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Renova.

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 - 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 Renova:

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 Mower County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Fillmore County:     Cyndi's



Freeborn County:     Cyndi's



Goodhue County:     Cyndi's



Olmsted County:     Cyndi's



Rice County:     Cyndi's



Steele County:     Cyndi's



Wabasha County:     Cyndi's



Waseca County:     Cyndi's



Winona County:     Cyndi's



Cerro Gordo County (IA):     Cyndi's



Howard County (IA):     Cyndi's



Mitchell County (IA):     Cyndi's



Worth County (IA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Mower County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Minnesota   Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Minnesota, for Mower 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Renova ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Renova.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dexter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Hoflanda Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Waltham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Evanger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E St. Finbarrs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Michael's Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Prairie View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Grand Meadow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lansing Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marshall Luthern Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bear Creek Luthern Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Norwegian Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     

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.

Renova itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

Dexter   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Renova
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 345 people in 2018)
 - Dexter had a post office and railroad service
Sargeant   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Renova
 - Sargeant had a post office and railroad service
Brownsdale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Renova
 - 1895 population of 282 people (with 692 people in 2018)
 - Brownsdale had a post office and railroad service
Elkton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Renova
 - Elkton had a post office and railroad service
Waltham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Renova
 - Waltham had a post office and railroad service
Rose Creek   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Renova
 - 1895 population of 300 people (with 421 people in 2018)
 - Rose Creek had a post office and railroad service
Ramsey   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Renova
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Ramsey had railroad service and no post office
Grand Meadow   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Renova
 - 1895 population of 373 people (with 1,176 people in 2018)
 - Grand Meadow had a post office and railroad service
Oslo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Renova
 - Oslo had a post office and no railroad service
Lansing   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Renova
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Lansing had a post office and railroad service
Austin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Renova
 - 1895 population of 3,901 people (with 25,190 people in 2018)
 - Austin 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 Renova. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Renova in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Renova ...

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

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 Renova:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mower County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mower County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Renova, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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- Renova) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Renova. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Renova

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Renova. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.7386, Longitude: -92.7657     [Map].






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