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Our Genealogy Helper for Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spring Lake: Spring 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Spring Lake is located in Pierce County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pierce County: Dakota (MN), Goodhue (MN), Washington (MN), Dunn, Pepin & Saint Croix.

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

  DirDistance
Pierce     (The home county for Spring Lake)
  Spring Valley   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Elmwood   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Rock Elm   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Waverly   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Gilman   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  El Paso   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Union   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Martell   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Plum City   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Ellsworth   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Salem   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Morton Corner   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Ellsworth   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
 
Barron
  Prairie Farm   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Vance Creek   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Prairie Farm   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Dallas   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Dallas   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Turtle Lake   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Arland   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Sioux Creek   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Twin Town   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Turtle Lake   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Maple Grove   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
 
Buffalo
  Maxville   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Canton   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Nelson   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Nelson   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Springdale - Historic   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Modena   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Mondovi   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Mondovi   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Gilmanton   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Gilmanton   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Naples   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Alma   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Alma   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
 
Chippewa
  Albertville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Wheaton   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Howard   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Cooks Valley   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Auburn   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Tilden   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Lake Hallie   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Hallie   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Bloomer   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Chippewa Falls   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  New Auburn   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Woodmohr   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Dunn
  Weston   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Lucas   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Eau Galle   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Knapp   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Menomonie   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Stanton   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Dunn   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Menomonie   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Downing   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Sherman   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Boyceville   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Red Cedar   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Peru   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
 
Eau Claire
  Brunswick   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Lufkin   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Union   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Drammen   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Eau Claire   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Altoona   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Seymour   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Washington   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
 
Pepin
  Waterville   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Waubeek   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Durand   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Frankfort   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Durand   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Lund   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Ella   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Stockholm   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Lima   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Pepin   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Stockholm   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Lakeport   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Pepin   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
 
Polk
  Black Brook   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Clear Lake   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Clear Lake   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Alden   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Amery   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Clayton   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Clayton   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Garfield   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Farmington   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
 
Saint Croix
  Cady   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Eau Galle   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Wilson   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Hersey   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Woodville   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Springfield   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Rush River   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Baldwin   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Baldwin   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Glenwood City   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Hammond   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Hammond   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
 
Trempealeau
  Eleva   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Albion   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Dakota (MN)
  Hastings (MN)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Miesville (MN)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Vermillion (MN)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  New Trier (MN)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
 
Goodhue (MN)
  Frontenac (MN)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Red Wing (MN)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Welch (MN)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Bellechester (MN)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Goodhue (MN)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Cannon Falls (MN)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Wabasha (MN)
  Lake City (MN)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Reads Landing (MN)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Wabasha (MN)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Kellogg (MN)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Zumbro Falls (MN)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Millville (MN)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
 
Washington (MN)
  Lake Saint Croix Beach (MN)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Saint Marys Point (MN)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Lakeland Shores (MN)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Lakeland (MN)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Bayport (MN)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Afton (MN)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Oak Park Heights (MN)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Stillwater (MN)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Cottage Grove (MN)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Lake Elmo (MN)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Woodbury (MN)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Marine-on-Saint-Croix (MN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Grant (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Spring 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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring Lake, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spring Lake.

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Spring Lake:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.wisconsinhistory.org/

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 Pierce County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Buffalo County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Chippewa County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dunn County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Eau Claire County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pepin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Croix County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Trempealeau County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dakota County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Goodhue County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wabasha County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Pierce County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Wisconsin
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Wisconsin, for Pierce County

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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Minnesota

Cemeteries Near Spring Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spring 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 Spring Lake covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  SE Spring Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  ENE Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  N St. Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  S Poplar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Farm Hill Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gilman Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  NNW Brookville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  WSW St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SE Weber Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lower Weston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Irving Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Bridget Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  WSW South Rush River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lost Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lone Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ridge Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mamre Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rush River Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Martell Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Martell Methodist 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>

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

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

Olivet   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 216 people
 - Olivet had a post office and no railroad service
 
Elmwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Lake
 - Elmwood had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 1,351 people in 2018)
 - Spring Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hatchville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Spring Lake
 - Hatchville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spring Lake
 - Waverly had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rock Elm   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the South (S) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 186 people (with 500 people in 2018)
 - Rock Elm had a post office and no railroad service
 
Weston   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the East (E) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 58 people (with 618 people in 2018)
 - Weston had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gilman   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the West (W) from Spring Lake
 - Gilman had a post office and no railroad service
 
El Paso   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - El Paso 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 Spring Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Lake in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Wisconsin

About Pierce County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pierce County: www.co.pierce.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Spring 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 Spring Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Spring Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.8158, Longitude: -92.1960     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Lake 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: findagrave.com.
<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 Spring Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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