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Town of Springbrook, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for Springbrook ...

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 Springbrook (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 Springbrook. 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 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.

Springbrook is located in Washburn County.

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

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

Washburn     (The home county for Springbrook)
  Gull Lake   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Bass Lake   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Crystal   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Trego   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Stinnett   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Stone Lake   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Spooner   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Minong   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Madge   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Spooner   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Casey   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Beaver Brook   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Haugen   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Bear Lake   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cedar Lake   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Doyle   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rice Lake   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stanfold   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Maple Plain   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cumberland   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cumberland   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Crystal Lake   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Barnes   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cable   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Drummond   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Namakagon   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Delta   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Grand View   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Scott   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rusk   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Webb Lake   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dewey   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Webb Lake   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hertel   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Sand Lake   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Blaine   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Roosevelt   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  La Follette   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Swiss   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wascott   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Gordon   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Solon Springs   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Solon Springs   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sauntry   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dairyland   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Moose Junction   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Highland   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hawthorne   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lake Nebagamon   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Summit   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lorain   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McKinley   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clam Falls   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bone Lake   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Johnstown   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Sweden   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Frederic   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Murry   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wilkinson   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Strickland   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Strickland   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Weyerhaeuser   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Apollonia   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bruce   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stubbs   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bass Lake   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sand Lake   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hayward   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Little Round Lake   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lenroot   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chief Lake   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Couderay   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Edgewater   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Seeley   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Couderay   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Meteor   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Pine (MN)
  Cloverton (MN)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Springbrook ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Springbrook.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Springbrook, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Springbrook.

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 Springbrook:

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 Washburn County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:     Cyndi's



Bayfield County:     Cyndi's



Burnett County:     Cyndi's



Douglas County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Rusk County:     Cyndi's



Sawyer County:     Cyndi's



Pine County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Washburn 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Springbrook ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Springbrook.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Lampson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rosewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WSW Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chicog Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SW Shell Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SSW Sarona 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 Springbrook in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Springbrook.

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

Stone Lake   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Springbrook
 - 1895 population of 118 people (with 516 people in 2018)
 - Stone Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Stinnett   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Springbrook
 - Stinnett had a post office and railroad service
Spooner   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Springbrook
 - Spooner had a post office and railroad service
Minong   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Springbrook
 - Minong had a post office and no railroad service
Hayward   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Springbrook
 - 1895 population of 1,349 people (with 2,301 people in 2018)
 - Hayward had a post office and railroad service
Bashaw   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Springbrook
 - Bashaw had railroad service and no post office
Shell Lake   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Springbrook
 - Shell Lake had a post office and railroad service
Reserve   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Springbrook
 - Reserve had a post office and no railroad service
Phipps   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Springbrook
 - Phipps had railroad service and no post office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wisconsin

About Washburn County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washburn 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 from Point A (ie- Springbrook) 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 Springbrook. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Springbrook

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Springbrook. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.9405, Longitude: -91.7238     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Springbrook 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 Springbrook, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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