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Our Genealogy Helper for Spirit Falls ...

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 Spirit Falls (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 Spirit Falls. 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Spirit Falls is located in Lincoln County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Price & Taylor.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for Spirit Falls)
  Tomahawk   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Somo   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Wilson   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Bradley   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Jersey City   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Tomahawk   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Harding   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Corning   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Rock Falls   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Skanawan   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  King   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Birch   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Merrill   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Dorchester   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Mayville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Abbotsford   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Colby   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Curtiss   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Hoard   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Parrish   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Summit   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Vilas   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Elcho   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Peck   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Upham   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Ackley   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Halsey   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Emmerich   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Hamburg   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Berlin   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Bern   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Athens   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Poniatowski   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Rib Falls   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Maine   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Johnson   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Rietbrock   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Rib Falls   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Brokaw   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Lynne   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Little Rice   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Nokomis   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Woodboro   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Cassian   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Harshaw   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Hazelhurst   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Minocqua   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Crescent   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Hazelhurst   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Lake Tomahawk   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Newbold   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Rhinelander   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Spirit   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Knox   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Hill   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Prentice   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Hackett   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Prentice   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Emery   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Ogema   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Worcester   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Catawba   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Phillips   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Catawba   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Harmony   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Hawkins   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Hawkins   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  South Fork   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Richland   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Ingram   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Rib Lake   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Rib Lake   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Greenwood   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Goodrich   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Browning   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Chelsea   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Westboro   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Medford   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Molitor   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Medford   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Deer Creek   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Stetsonville   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Hammel   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Lac du Flambeau   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Lac du Flambeau   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Arbor Vitae   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Saint Germain   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Spirit Falls ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spirit Falls.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spirit Falls, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spirit Falls.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Spirit Falls:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clark County:     Cyndi's



Langlade County:     Cyndi's



Marathon County:     Cyndi's



Oneida County:     Cyndi's



Price County:     Cyndi's



Rusk County:     Cyndi's



Taylor County:     Cyndi's



Vilas County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Lincoln 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 Spirit Falls ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spirit Falls.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  W Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  WNW Knox Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  NNW Somo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Finnish Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  W Garden of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>  
  E Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>  
  SW Lake View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>  
  WSW Levitt Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prairie Rapids 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 Spirit Falls in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spirit Falls.

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

McCord   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spirit Falls
 - McCord had railroad service and no post office
Knox   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Spirit Falls
 - Knox had railroad service and no post office
Brantwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Spirit Falls
 - Brantwood had railroad service and no post office
Tomahawk   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the East (E) from Spirit Falls
 - 1895 population of 1,816 people (with 3,160 people in 2018)
 - Tomahawk had a post office and railroad service
Bradley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spirit Falls
 - Bradley had railroad service and no post office
Rib Lake   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Spirit Falls
 - Rib Lake had a post office and railroad service
Corning   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the South (S) from Spirit Falls
 - 1895 population of 48 people (with 870 people in 2018)
 - Corning had a post office and no railroad service
Gilbert   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the East (E) from Spirit Falls
 - Gilbert had railroad service and no post office
Heafford Junction   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spirit Falls
 - Heafford Junction had railroad service and no post office
Prentice   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spirit Falls
 - 1895 population of 365 people (with 467 people in 2018)
 - Prentice had a post office and railroad service
Westboro   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spirit Falls
 - Westboro 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 Spirit Falls. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spirit Falls in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wisconsin

About Lincoln County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lincoln 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spirit Falls) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spirit Falls. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.4530, Longitude: -89.9807     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spirit Falls 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 Spirit Falls, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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