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Our Genealogy Helper for Spruce ...

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 Spruce (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 Spruce. 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.

Spruce is located in Oconto County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Oconto County: Brown, Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Menominee & Shawano.

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

Oconto     (The home county for Spruce)
  Spruce   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Hickory Corners   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lena   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Oconto Falls   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Frostville   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Maple Valley   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Lena   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bagley   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Brazeau   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Oconto Falls   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gillett   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Gillett   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Flintville   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Pittsfield   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Suamico   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pittsfield   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Howard   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Scott   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Green Bay   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Green Bay   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hobart   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ashwaubenon   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gardner   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brussels   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nasewaupee   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Idlewild   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Forestville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Egg Harbor   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sevastopol   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sturgeon Bay   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Forestville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wabeno   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Freedom   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Red River   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Luxemburg   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Luxemburg   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Casco   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  White Lake   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wolf River   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Langlade   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Freeman   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Polar   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pound   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Coleman   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pound   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Grover   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Crivitz   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Harmony   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stephenson   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lake   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Peshtigo   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Middle Inlet   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Porterfield   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Legend Lake   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Keshena   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Menominee   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Neopit   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Zoar   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cicero   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oneida   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Maine   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chicago Corners   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Black Creek   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Osborn   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Black Creek   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Deer Creek   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bovina   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Green Valley   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cecil   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wittenberg   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Washington   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Angelica   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bonduel   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wescott   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Slab City   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shawano   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Maple Grove   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Waukechon   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Embarrass   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Matteson   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clintonville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Larrabee   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Marion   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Menominee (MI)
  Menominee (MI)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Koss (MI)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Longrie (MI)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wallace (MI)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ingalls (MI)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stephenson (MI)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Spruce ...

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 84 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spruce.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spruce, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spruce.

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 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 Spruce:

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 Oconto County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brown County:     Cyndi's



Door County:     Cyndi's



Forest County:     Cyndi's



Kewaunee County:     Cyndi's



Langlade County:     Cyndi's



Marinette County:     Cyndi's



Menominee County:     Cyndi's



Outagamie County:     Cyndi's



Shawano County:     Cyndi's



Waupaca County:     Cyndi's



Menominee County (MI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Oconto 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 Spruce ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spruce.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Spruce Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Kelly Brook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Brazeau Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Wenceslaus Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Hickory Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Lena Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maple Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Volk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wanderers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. John's Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Leos Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill 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 Spruce in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spruce.

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

Spruce   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spruce
 - Spruce had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Spruce
 - Maple Valley had a post office and railroad service
Lena   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spruce
 - Lena had a post office and no railroad service
Oconto Falls   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spruce
 - 1895 population of 82 people (with 2,804 people in 2018)
 - Oconto Falls had a post office and railroad service
Gillett   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spruce
 - 1895 population of 53 people (with 1,304 people in 2018)
 - Gillett had a post office and railroad service
Stiles Junction   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spruce
 - Stiles Junction had railroad service and no post office
Coleman   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spruce
 - Coleman had a post office and railroad service
Pound   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spruce
 - Pound 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 Spruce. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spruce in the 1890's.

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About Oconto County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Oconto County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spruce. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9892, Longitude: -88.1845     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spruce 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 Spruce, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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