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Scandia, Minnesota
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Our Genealogical Helper for Scandia ...

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 Scandia (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Scandia. 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.

Newspapers Published in Scandia ...

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 295 newspapers that have been published in the area around Scandia.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Scandia, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Scandia.

Cemeteries Near Scandia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Scandia.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Scandia covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Elim Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Johnson Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Elim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Panola German Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW South Green Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Pleasant Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW West Green Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Glader Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Withrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chisago Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crescent Beach Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lindstrom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Matthew's Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Franconia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wyoming Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Park 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Scandia had a population of 26 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Scandia had a population of 4,120 people.

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

Otisville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Scandia
 - Otisville had a post office and railroad service
Maple Island   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Scandia
 - Maple Island had a post office and no railroad service
East Farmington (WI)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Scandia
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - East Farmington had a post office and no railroad service
Forest Lake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Scandia
 - Forest Lake had a post office and railroad service
Hugo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Scandia
 - Hugo had a post office and no railroad service
Chisago City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Scandia
 - Chisago City had a post office and railroad service
Withrow   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Scandia
 - Withrow had a post office and railroad service
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Scandia
 - Arcola had railroad service and no post office
Center City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Scandia
 - 1895 population of 33 people (with 650 people in 2017)
 - Center City had a post office and railroad service
Wyoming   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Scandia
 - Wyoming had a post office and railroad service
Lindstrom   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Scandia
 - Lindstrom had a post office and railroad service
Franconia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Scandia
 - 1895 population of 252 people
 - Franconia 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 Scandia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Scandia in the 1890's.

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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Scandia is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Ramsey, Pierce (WI), Polk (WI) & Saint Croix (WI).

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

Washington     (The home county for Scandia)
      Marine-on-Saint-Croix   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Forest Lake   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hugo   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dellwood   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stillwater   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mahtomedi   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Park Heights   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Birchwood Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Willernie   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bayport   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake Elmo   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      City of Columbus   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lino Lakes   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Circle Pines   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ham Lake   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Blaine   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      East Bethel   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spring Lake Park   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbia Heights   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Andover   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chisago City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Center City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lindstrom   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shafer   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stacy   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Taylors Falls   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Almelund   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Branch   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Branch   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harris   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rush City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      South Saint Paul   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Saint Paul   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lilydale   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mendota Heights   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sunfish Lake   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mendota   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Inver Grove Heights   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eagan   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hastings   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rosemount   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coates   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Apple Valley   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Saint Anthony   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brooklyn Center   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooklyn Park   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Champlin   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Minneapolis   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crystal   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Robbinsdale   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Osseo   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Snelling   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Golden Valley   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maple Grove   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Isanti   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Minnesota Boys Town   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cambridge   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grandy   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stanchfield   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Braham   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dalbo   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coin   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grasston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White Bear Lake   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      North Oaks   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gem Lake   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Maplewood   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      North Saint Paul   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Vadnais Heights   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Shoreview   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arden Hills   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Little Canada   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mounds View   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Brighton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Roseville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Falcon Heights   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elk River   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Zimmerman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Otsego   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Barron (WI)
      Turtle Lake (WI)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turtle Lake (WI)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vance Creek (WI)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Almena (WI)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Almena (WI)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twin Town (WI)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crystal Lake (WI)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Burnett (WI)
      Anderson (WI)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Randall (WI)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trade Lake (WI)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantsburg (WI)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grantsburg (WI)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wood River (WI)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Daniels (WI)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Dunn (WI)
      New Haven (WI)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Downing (WI)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tiffany (WI)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stanton (WI)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pierce (WI)
      River Falls (WI)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clifton (WI)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      River Falls (WI)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prescott (WI)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Martell (WI)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove (WI)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trimbelle (WI)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ellsworth (WI)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gilman (WI)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ellsworth (WI)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Valley (WI)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (WI)
      Farmington (WI)   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Osceola (WI)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dresser (WI)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Osceola (WI)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Croix Falls (WI)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alden (WI)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Croix Falls (WI)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Garfield (WI)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centuria (WI)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Balsam Lake (WI)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eureka (WI)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Amery (WI)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Balsam Lake (WI)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Saint Croix (WI)
      Somerset (WI)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Somerset (WI)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Star Prairie (WI)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Star Prairie (WI)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (WI)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Richmond (WI)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Richmond (WI)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stanton (WI)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      North Hudson (WI)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hudson (WI)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hudson (WI)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deer Park (WI)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Erin Prairie (WI)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Scandia:

These websites are specific to Minnesota:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anoka County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chisago County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dakota County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hennepin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Isanti County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanabec County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ramsey County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sherburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wright County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Barron County (WI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Burnett County (WI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunn County (WI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pierce County (WI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (WI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Croix County (WI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Minnesota,     of Washington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Minnesota     Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Scandia ...

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

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 Scandia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Scandia in these Censuses: 2010-2000
      See our Census Page for Scandia for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Scandia.
      See our Misc Page for Scandia for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Minnesota

About Washington County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Scandia. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Scandia) 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 Scandia. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Scandia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Scandia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.2539, Longitude: -92.8277     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Scandia 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 Scandia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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