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Our Genealogy Helper for Springfield ...

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 Springfield (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 Springfield. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and 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.

Springfield is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Clark, Eau Claire, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau & Wood.

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

  DirDistance
Jackson     (The home county for Springfield)
  Taylor   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Curran   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Franklin   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Albion   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Hixton   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Hixton   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Irving   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  York   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  North Bend   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Black River Falls   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Melrose   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Melrose   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
 
Buffalo
  Glencoe   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Montana   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Dover   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Cross   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Buffalo   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Naples   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Waumandee   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Waumandee   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Gilmanton   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Fountain City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Gilmanton   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
 
Clark
  Humbird   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Dewhurst   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Mentor   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Hewett   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Levis   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Foster   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Pine Valley   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Seif   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Neillsville   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Washburn   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Grant   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Weston   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
 
Crawford
  Lynxville   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
 
Eau Claire
  Fairchild   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Hay Creek   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Fairchild   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Otter Creek   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Augusta   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Clear Creek   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Bridge Creek   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Fall Creek   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Drammen   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Ludington   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
 
La Crosse
  Farmington   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Holland   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Burns   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Holmen   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Onalaska   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Hamilton   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Brice Prairie   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  West Salem   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Bangor   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Onalaska   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Rockland   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Campbell   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
 
Monroe
  Little Falls   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  New Lyme   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Sparta   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Grant   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Lafayette   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Sparta   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Angelo   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Greenfield   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Warrens   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Leon   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Tunnel City   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
 
Pepin
  Albany   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
 
Trempealeau
  Blair   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Preston   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Pigeon   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Ettrick   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Coral City   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Pigeon Falls   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Whitehall   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Ettrick   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Frenchville   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Hale   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Gale   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
 
Vernon
  Coon Valley   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Houston (MN)
  La Crescent (MN)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Hokah (MN)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
 
Winona (MN)
  Dakota (MN)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Homer (MN)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Winona (MN)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Goodview (MN)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Minnesota City (MN)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Stockton (MN)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Rollingstone (MN)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Minneiska (MN)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Springfield ...

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 82 newspapers that have been published in the area around Springfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Springfield, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Springfield.

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 Springfield:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Buffalo County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clark County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Crawford County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Eau Claire County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
La Crosse County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monroe County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pepin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Trempealeau County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Vernon County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Houston County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Winona County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Springfield.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  NNW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  SW Trump Coulee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sherwood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  E Colwell Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  SE Morken Cemetery   [Map]     
  E French Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Curran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  SSW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rest Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  SE Olson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Curran Coulee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sechlerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corness Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  NNW Big Slough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trinity Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  ESE Stiehl Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  E County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pole Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Whitehall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pigeon Creek 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 Springfield in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Springfield.

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

Hegg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Springfield
 - Hegg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sechlerville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Sechlerville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Blair   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the West (W) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 205 people (with 1,351 people in 2018)
 - Blair had a post office and railroad service
 
Hixton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 138 people (with 421 people in 2018)
 - Hixton had a post office and railroad service
 
Pigeon Falls   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 401 people in 2018)
 - Pigeon Falls had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ettrick   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 129 people (with 516 people in 2018)
 - Ettrick had a post office and no railroad service
 
Northfield   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the North (N) from Springfield
 - Northfield had a post office and no railroad service
 
Whitehall   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 304 people (with 1,571 people in 2018)
 - Whitehall had a post office and railroad service
 
York   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the North (N) from Springfield
 - York had a post office and no railroad service
 
Melrose   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 476 people in 2018)
 - Melrose 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 Springfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Springfield in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Wisconsin

About Jackson County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jackson County: www.co.jackson.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 '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- Springfield) 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 Springfield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Springfield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Springfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.2891, Longitude: -91.1082     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Springfield 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 Springfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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