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Town of Spider Lake, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for Spider Lake ...

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 Spider Lake (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 Spider Lake. 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.

Name Variations for Spider Lake ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Spider Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spider Lake: Spider Lk.

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.

Spider Lake is located in Sawyer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sawyer County: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Douglas, Price, Rusk & Washburn.

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

Sawyer     (The home county for Spider Lake)
  Round Lake   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Seeley   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hunter   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Post   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lenroot   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Chief Lake   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Little Round Lake   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ojibwa   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Draper   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bass Lake   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Shanagolden   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gordon   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Chippewa   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mellen   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Morse   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tannery Town   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  White River   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  White City   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jacobs   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Peeksville   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Butternut   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Namakagon   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cable   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Grand View   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Drummond   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Mason   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Barnes   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sutherland   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kelly   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Mason   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Delta   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Delta   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Highland   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wascott   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gordon   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sauntry   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Solon Springs   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Solon Springs   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lake Nebagamon   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brule   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Anderson   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Knight   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gurney   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kennedy   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lake   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Park Falls   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Flambeau   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fifield   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lugerville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elk   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Big Falls   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Murry   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  South Fork   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stinnett   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bass Lake   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Frog Creek   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stone Lake   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gull Lake   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Springbrook   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Minong   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crystal   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Birchwood   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Madge   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Trego   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Birchwood   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Spider Lake ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spider Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spider Lake, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spider Lake.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

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 Sawyer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Ashland County:     Cyndi's



Bayfield County:     Cyndi's



Douglas County:     Cyndi's



Iron County:     Cyndi's



Price County:     Cyndi's



Rusk County:     Cyndi's



Washburn County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Sawyer 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 Spider Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spider Lake.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Anne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  W Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SW Round Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  WSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  WSW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NNE Moe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Winter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Loretta 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>

While we didn't find Spider Lake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spider Lake.

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

Round Lake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Spider Lake
 - Round Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Cable   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spider Lake
 - Cable had a post office and railroad service
Phipps   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spider Lake
 - Phipps had railroad service and no post office
Drummond   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spider Lake
 - Drummond had a post office and railroad service
Hayward   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spider Lake
 - 1895 population of 1,349 people (with 2,301 people in 2018)
 - Hayward had a post office and railroad service
Reserve   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spider Lake
 - Reserve had a post office and no railroad service
Mason   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the North (N) from Spider Lake
 - Mason had a post office and railroad service
Sanborn   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spider Lake
 - Sanborn 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 Spider Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spider Lake in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Sawyer County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spider Lake:

The official website for Sawyer County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

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- Spider Lake) 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 Spider Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Spider Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spider Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.1202, Longitude: -91.1155     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spider Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Spider Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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