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Our Genealogy Helper for Spencer ...

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 Spencer (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 Spencer. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and 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.

Spencer is located in Marathon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marathon County: Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Portage, Shawano, Taylor, Waupaca & Wood.

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

Marathon     (The home county for Spencer)
  Spencer   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Brighton   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Unity   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  McMillan   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Eau Pleine   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hull   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stratford   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Day   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rozellville   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Frankfort   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Holton   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fenwood   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Stanley   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Edson   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Delmar   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Boyd   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sherman   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Unity   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Spokeville   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Chili   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Loyal   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Colby   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Colby   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Loyal   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  York   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Abbotsford   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Green Grove   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lynxville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Eau Claire
  Fairchild   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fairchild   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bridge Creek   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hay Creek   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  City Point   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hatfield   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Komensky   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Merrillan   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Knapp   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Alma   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bear Bluff   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Alma Center   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Adams   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brockway   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Garden Valley   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Finley   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Corning   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Scott   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eau Pleine   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carson   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dewey   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Linwood   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hull   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stevens Point   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Park Ridge   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Whiting   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Deer Creek   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Little Black   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stetsonville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Holway   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Medford   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maplehurst   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Browning   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Medford   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Goodrich   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hammel   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lublin   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Roosevelt   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Marshfield   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bakerville   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Marshfield   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hewitt   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lindsey   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rock   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Auburndale   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Auburndale   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Arpin   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Arpin   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Spencer ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spencer.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Spencer. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Spencer and those printed in the larger area surrounding Spencer.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 28 miles [45.1 km] of Spencer.

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 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 Spencer:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Wisconsin to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Marathon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Chippewa County:     Cyndi's



Clark County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Eau Claire County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Juneau County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Portage County:     Cyndi's



Taylor County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Marathon County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Wisconsin   Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin

Cemeteries Near Spencer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spencer.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W West Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Coles Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Veefkind Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Brighton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Hillside City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Loyal City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Colby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Circle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Yolo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grace Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Spencer had a population of 526 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Spencer had a population of 1,887 people.

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

Veefkind   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spencer
 - Veefkind had railroad service and no post office
McMillan   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Spencer
 - McMillan had a post office and railroad service
Unity   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 333 people in 2018)
 - Unity had a post office and railroad service
Spokeville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spencer
 - Spokeville had a post office and railroad service
Bakerville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spencer
 - Bakerville had a post office and no railroad service
Loyal   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 168 people (with 1,234 people in 2018)
 - Loyal had a post office and no railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spencer
 - Cherokee had a post office and no railroad service
Colby   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 513 people (with 1,889 people in 2018)
 - Colby had a post office and railroad service
Weber   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spencer
 - Weber had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Spencer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spencer in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Spencer ...

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

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 Spencer:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Wisconsin

About Marathon County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marathon County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spencer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7552, Longitude: -90.2985     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spencer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Spencer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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