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Our Genealogy Helper for Vilas ...

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 Vilas (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 Vilas. 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 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.

Vilas is located in Miner County.

To see how the shape of South Dakota's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Miner County: Beadle, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook & Sanborn.

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

  • Miner County     (The home county of Vilas)
    • Howard [Miner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Howard
      • Howard [Miner County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 757 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Howard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Howard<3>
    • Roswell [Miner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roswell
      • Roswell [Miner County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 70 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roswell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roswell
    • Canova [Miner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canova
      • Canova [Miner County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 100 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canova have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canova
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canova<3>
    • Fedora [Miner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fedora
      • Fedora [Miner County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 37 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fedora
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fedora<3>
    • Carthage [Miner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carthage
      • Carthage [Miner County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 130 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carthage have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carthage
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carthage<3>
  • Aurora County
    • Storla [Aurora County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Storla
      • Storla [Aurora County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 6 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Storla have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Storla
  • Beadle County
    • Cavour [Beadle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cavour
      • Cavour [Beadle County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 123 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cavour have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cavour
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cavour<3>
    • Yale [Beadle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yale
      • Yale [Beadle County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 115 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yale<3>
    • Morningside [Beadle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morningside
      • Morningside [Beadle County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morningside
    • Huron [Beadle County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huron
      • Huron [Beadle County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 13,380 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huron have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Huron<3>
  • Brookings County
    • Sinai [Brookings County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sinai
      • Sinai [Brookings County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 124 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sinai have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sinai
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sinai<3>
    • Volga [Brookings County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Volga
      • Volga [Brookings County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,028 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Volga have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Volga
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Volga<3>
  • Clark County
    • Success [Clark County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Success
      • Success [Clark County] was located 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 6,741 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Success have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pitrodie [Clark County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pitrodie
      • Pitrodie [Clark County] was located 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 25 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pitrodie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Davison County
    • Loomis [Davison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Loomis
      • Loomis [Davison County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Loomis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Loomis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Loomis<3>
    • Mitchell [Davison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mitchell
      • Mitchell [Davison County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 15,679 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mitchell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mitchell<3>
    • River Bluff Addition [Davison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for River Bluff Addition
      • River Bluff Addition [Davison County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 13 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for River Bluff Addition have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on River Bluff Addition
    • Ethan [Davison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ethan
      • Ethan [Davison County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 322 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ethan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ethan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ethan<3>
    • Mount Vernon [Davison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Vernon
      • Mount Vernon [Davison County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 436 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Vernon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Vernon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Vernon<3>
  • Hamlin County
    • Bryant [Hamlin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bryant
      • Bryant [Hamlin County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 454 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bryant have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bryant
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bryant<3>
  • Hanson County
    • Epiphany [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Epiphany
      • Epiphany [Hanson County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 103 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Epiphany have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Epiphany
    • Farmer [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farmer
      • Farmer [Hanson County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farmer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farmer
    • Plano [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plano
      • Plano [Hanson County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 104 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plano have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plano
    • Fulton [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fulton
      • Fulton [Hanson County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 96 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fulton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fulton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fulton<3>
    • Alexandria [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alexandria
      • Alexandria [Hanson County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 644 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alexandria have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexandria
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alexandria<3>
    • Emery [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emery
      • Emery [Hanson County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 451 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Emery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emery
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emery<3>
    • Rockport Colony [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockport Colony
      • Rockport Colony [Hanson County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 32 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockport Colony have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockport Colony
  • Hutchinson County
    • New Elm Springs Colony [Hutchinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Elm Springs Colony
      • New Elm Springs Colony [Hutchinson County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 600 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Elm Springs Colony have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Elm Springs Colony
  • Jerauld County
    • Alpena [Jerauld County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpena
      • Alpena [Jerauld County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 285 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpena have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alpena
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alpena<3>
  • Kingsbury County
    • Esmond [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Esmond
      • Esmond [Kingsbury County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 60 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Esmond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Esmond
    • Oldham [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oldham
      • Oldham [Kingsbury County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 120 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oldham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oldham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oldham<3>
    • Manchester [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manchester
      • Manchester [Kingsbury County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 65 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Manchester have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manchester
    • De Smet [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for De Smet
      • De Smet [Kingsbury County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,052 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on De Smet
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for De Smet<3>
    • Lake Preston [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Preston
      • Lake Preston [Kingsbury County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 555 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Preston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Preston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Preston<3>
    • Iroquois [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iroquois
      • Iroquois [Kingsbury County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 259 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Iroquois have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Iroquois
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Iroquois<3>
    • Hetland [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hetland
      • Hetland [Kingsbury County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 47 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hetland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hetland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hetland<3>
    • Erwin [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Erwin
      • Erwin [Kingsbury County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 44 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Erwin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Erwin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Erwin<3>
    • Osceola [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osceola
      • Osceola [Kingsbury County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 90 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Osceola have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Osceola
    • Arlington [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arlington
      • Arlington [Kingsbury County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 859 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arlington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arlington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arlington<3>
    • Bancroft [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bancroft
      • Bancroft [Kingsbury County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the north of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bancroft have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bancroft
    • Badger [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Badger
      • Badger [Kingsbury County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 101 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Badger
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Badger<3>
  • Lake County
    • Winfred [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winfred
      • Winfred [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 162 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winfred have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winfred
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winfred<3>
    • Junius [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Junius
      • Junius [Lake County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Junius
    • Ramona [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ramona
      • Ramona [Lake County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 206 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ramona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ramona
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ramona<3>
    • Prairie Village [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie Village
      • Prairie Village [Lake County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 18 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie Village
    • Madison [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madison
      • Madison [Lake County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,270 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Madison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madison
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madison<3>
    • Franklin [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin
      • Franklin [Lake County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 333 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin
    • Peninsula Park [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peninsula Park
      • Peninsula Park [Lake County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 32 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peninsula Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peninsula Park
    • Nunda [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nunda
      • Nunda [Lake County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 51 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nunda have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nunda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nunda<3>
    • Rutland [Lake County]
    • Wentworth [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wentworth
      • Wentworth [Lake County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 194 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wentworth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wentworth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wentworth<3>
    • Brant Lake [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brant Lake
      • Brant Lake [Lake County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brant Lake
    • Chester [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chester
      • Chester [Lake County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chester have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chester
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chester<3>
  • McCook County
    • Unityville [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Unityville
      • Unityville [McCook County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 52 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Unityville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Unityville
    • Spencer [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spencer
      • Spencer [McCook County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 147 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spencer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spencer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spencer<3>
    • Salem [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
      • Salem [McCook County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salem came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem
    • Salem [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
      • Salem [McCook County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,285 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Salem<3>
    • Montrose [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montrose
      • Montrose [McCook County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 443 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montrose have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montrose
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montrose<3>
    • Bridgewater [McCook County]
    • Canistota [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canistota
      • Canistota [McCook County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 636 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canistota have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canistota
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canistota<3>
  • Minnehaha County
    • Huntimer [Minnehaha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huntimer
      • Huntimer [Minnehaha County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 590 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huntimer
    • Colton [Minnehaha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colton
      • Colton [Minnehaha County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 669 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colton<3>
    • Humboldt [Minnehaha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Humboldt
      • Humboldt [Minnehaha County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 567 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Humboldt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Humboldt
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Humboldt<3>
    • Pumpkin Center [Minnehaha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pumpkin Center
      • Pumpkin Center [Minnehaha County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 13 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pumpkin Center have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pumpkin Center
  • Moody County
    • Colman [Moody County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colman
      • Colman [Moody County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 579 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colman have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colman<3>
  • Sanborn County
    • Artesian [Sanborn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Artesian
      • Artesian [Sanborn County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 137 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Artesian have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Artesian
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Artesian<3>
    • Forestburg [Sanborn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forestburg
      • Forestburg [Sanborn County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 73 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forestburg
    • Letcher [Sanborn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Letcher
      • Letcher [Sanborn County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 176 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Letcher have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Letcher
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Letcher<3>
    • Woonsocket [Sanborn County]
  • Turner County
    • Dolton [Turner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dolton
      • Dolton [Turner County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 38 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dolton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dolton
    • Monroe [Turner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monroe
      • Monroe [Turner County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 155 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Monroe have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monroe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monroe<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Vilas ...

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 110 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vilas.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Vilas. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Vilas and those printed in the larger area surrounding Vilas.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Vilas.

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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Vilas:

  • 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.
    • Stories from South Dakota

Cemeteries Near Vilas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vilas.

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

  • Graceland Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Graceland Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Graceland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graceland Cemetery
  • Roswell Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Roswell Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Roswell Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roswell Cemetery
  • St. Josephs Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Josephs Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Josephs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Josephs Cemetery
  • St. Johns Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Johns Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Johns Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Johns Cemetery
  • St. Pauls Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Pauls Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Pauls Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • St. Pauls Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Vilas.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Pauls Cemetery
  • Canova Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Canova Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Canova Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Canova Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canova Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Belleview Lutheran Church Cemetery
    • Morgans Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Morgans Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Morgans Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Morgans Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Vilas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morgans Cemetery
    • Fedora Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fedora Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fedora Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Fedora Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Vilas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fedora Cemetery
    • Winfred Cemetery
    • Berton Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Berton Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Berton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Berton Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berton Cemetery
    • Pleasant View Cemetery
    • Prairie Flower Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Prairie Flower Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Prairie Flower Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Prairie Flower Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie Flower Cemetery
    • Sacred Heart Cemetery
    • Trinity Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Trinity Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Trinity Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Trinity Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity Cemetery

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.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Vilas had a population of 220 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2019, Vilas had a population of 19 people.

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

  • Vilas [Miner County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vilas
    • Vilas [Miner County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Vilas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 220 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 19 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Vilas had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vilas have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
  • Howard [Miner County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Howard
    • Howard [Miner County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 778 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 757 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Howard had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Howard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howard
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Howard<3>
  • Roswell [Miner County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roswell
    • Roswell [Miner County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 220 people
    • Estimated population in 2014: 70 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Roswell had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roswell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roswell
  • Canova [Miner County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canova
    • Canova [Miner County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 312 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 100 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Canova had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canova have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canova
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canova<3>
  • Winfred [Lake County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winfred
    • Winfred [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 225 people
    • Estimated population in 2014: 162 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Winfred had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winfred have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winfred
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winfred<3>
  • Carthage [Miner County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carthage
    • Carthage [Miner County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 200 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 130 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Carthage had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carthage have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carthage
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carthage<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Artesian [Sanborn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Artesian
      • Artesian [Sanborn County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 256 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 137 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Artesian had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Artesian have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Artesian
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Artesian<3>
    • Farwell [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farwell
      • Farwell [Hanson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 20 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Farwell had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farwell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farwell
    • Spencer [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spencer
      • Spencer [McCook County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 325 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 147 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Spencer had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spencer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spencer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spencer<3>
    • Esmond [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Esmond
      • Esmond [Kingsbury County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 126 people
      • Estimated population in 2014: 60 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Esmond had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Esmond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Esmond
    • Farmer [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farmer
      • Farmer [Hanson County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Farmer had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farmer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farmer
    • Ramona [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ramona
      • Ramona [Lake County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 206 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ramona had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ramona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ramona
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ramona<3>
    • Oldham [Kingsbury County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oldham
      • Oldham [Kingsbury County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Vilas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 327 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 120 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Oldham had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oldham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oldham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oldham<3>
    • Orland [Lake County] - Historic
      • While Orland was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orland
      • Orland [Lake County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 12 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Orland had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Fulton [Hanson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fulton
      • Fulton [Hanson County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 118 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 96 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Fulton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fulton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fulton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fulton<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Vilas. See our List of 1890's Communities around Vilas.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vilas ...

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

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 Vilas:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vilas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0086, Longitude: -97.5959       In this case, the coordinates for Vilas have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>If we have found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<5>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: findagrave.com.
<6>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 Vilas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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