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Our Genealogy Helper for Star 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 Star 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 Star 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 Star 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 Star Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Star Lake: Star 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Star Lake is located in Vilas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Vilas County: Gogebic (MI), Iron (MI), Forest, Iron, Oneida & Price.

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

Vilas     (The home county for Star Lake)
  Plum Lake   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Sayner   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Saint Germain   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Cloverland   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Conover   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Saint Germain   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Boulder Junction   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Arbor Vitae   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Eagle River   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Land O'Lakes   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Presque Isle   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Washington   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Tipler   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Hiles   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Alvin   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Nelma   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Hiles   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Argonne   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Crandon   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Popple River   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Sherman   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Mercer   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Oma   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  King   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Harrison   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Harrison   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Jersey City   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Tomahawk   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Wilson   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Woodruff   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Woodruff   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Newbold   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Sugar Camp   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Sugar Camp   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Lake Tomahawk   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Hazelhurst   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Hazelhurst   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Newbold   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Three Lakes   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Pine Lake   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Minocqua   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Cassian   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Fifield   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Emery   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Eisenstein   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
Gogebic (MI)
  Katakitckon Indian Village (MI)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Watersmeet (MI)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  White City (MI)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Marenisco (MI)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Wakefield (MI)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Ramsay (MI)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Bessemer (MI)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Yale (MI)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
Iron (MI)
  Atkinson (MI) - Historic   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Gibbs City (MI) - Historic   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Mineral Hills (MI)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Caspian (MI)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Iron River (MI)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Stambaugh (MI)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
Ontonagon (MI)
  Ewen (MI)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Bruce Crossing (MI)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Lake Gogebic (MI)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Trout Creek (MI)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Bergland (MI)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Star 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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Star Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Star Lake, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Star Lake.

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 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 - 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 Star Lake:

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 Vilas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Florence County:     Cyndi's



Forest County:     Cyndi's



Iron County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Oneida County:     Cyndi's



Price County:     Cyndi's



Gogebic County (MI):     Cyndi's



Iron County (MI):     Cyndi's



Ontonagon County (MI):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Vilas 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 Star Lake ...

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  SW Plum Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  S St. Germain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  WNW Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>  
  E Hildegard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>  
  SW Forest Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Land O' Lakes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>  
  SW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]<1>  
  SSW Wilderness Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>  
  S Newbold Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Presque Isle 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 Star Lake in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Star Lake.

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

Eagle River   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Star Lake
 - 1895 population of 1,154 people (with 1,530 people in 2018)
 - Eagle River had a post office and railroad service
Woodruff   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Star Lake
 - Woodruff had a post office and railroad service
Minocqua   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Star Lake
 - Minocqua had a post office and railroad service
Hazelhurst   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Star Lake
 - Hazelhurst had a post office and railroad service
Thayer (MI)   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the North (N) from Star Lake
 - Thayer had railroad service and no post office
McNaughton   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the South (S) from Star Lake
 - McNaughton had a post office and railroad service
Watersmeet (MI)   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Star Lake
 - 1895 population of 300 people
 - Watersmeet had a post office and railroad service
Wellington (MI)   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Star Lake
 - Wellington 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 Star Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Star Lake in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Vilas County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Vilas County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Star Lake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Star Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.0383, Longitude: -89.4724     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Star 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:
<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 Star Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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