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Our Genealogy Helper for Star Prairie ...

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 Prairie (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 Prairie. 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 Prairie ...

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 Prairie.

  • Typical abbreviation for Star Prairie: Star Pr.

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 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.

Star Prairie is located in Saint Croix County.

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

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

  DirDistance
Saint Croix     (The home county for Star Prairie)
  Stanton   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Star Prairie   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  New Richmond   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Deer Park   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Richmond   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Somerset   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Cylon   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Erin Prairie   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Somerset   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Emerald   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Forest   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
 
Barron
  Vance Creek   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Turtle Lake   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Turtle Lake   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Prairie Farm   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Almena   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Twin Town   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Prairie Farm   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Arland   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Almena   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Crystal Lake   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Clinton   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Cumberland   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
 
Burnett
  Trade Lake   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Anderson   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Randall   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Daniels   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Wood River   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Roosevelt   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Grantsburg   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Grantsburg   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Siren   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Dunn
  New Haven   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Downing   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Tiffany   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Boyceville   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Stanton   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Sheridan   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Knapp   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Hay River   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Ridgeland   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Lucas   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Sherman   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Wheeler   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
 
Pierce
  River Falls   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Martell   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  River Falls   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Clifton   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Gilman   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Morton Corner   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Spring Valley   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Ellsworth   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Spring Lake   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Ellsworth   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Oak Grove   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Trimbelle   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
 
Polk
  Alden   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Farmington   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Black Brook   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Garfield   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Osceola   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Amery   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Osceola   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Lincoln   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Dresser   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Clear Lake   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Balsam Lake   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Clayton   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
 
Anoka (MN)
  Centerville (MN)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Lino Lakes (MN)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  City of Columbus (MN)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Circle Pines (MN)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Lexington (MN)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Blaine (MN)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Ham Lake (MN)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  East Bethel (MN)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Spring Lake Park (MN)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Columbia Heights (MN)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Fridley (MN)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Hilltop (MN)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
 
Chisago (MN)
  Shafer (MN)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Taylors Falls (MN)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Center City (MN)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Chisago City (MN)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Lindstrom (MN)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Almelund (MN)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Wyoming (MN)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Stacy (MN)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Branch (MN)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  North Branch (MN)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Harris (MN)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Rush City (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
 
Dakota (MN)
  South Saint Paul (MN)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  West Saint Paul (MN)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Hastings (MN)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Lilydale (MN)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Sunfish Lake (MN)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Inver Grove Heights (MN)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Mendota Heights (MN)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Mendota (MN)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Eagan (MN)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Rosemount (MN)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Hennepin (MN)
  Saint Anthony (MN)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Minneapolis (MN)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Fort Snelling (MN)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Brooklyn Center (MN)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Brooklyn Park (MN)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Robbinsdale (MN)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Isanti (MN)
  Minnesota Boys Town (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Isanti (MN)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Ramsey (MN)
  White Bear Lake (MN)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  North Saint Paul (MN)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Gem Lake (MN)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Maplewood (MN)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  North Oaks (MN)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Vadnais Heights (MN)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Little Canada (MN)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Shoreview (MN)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Roseville (MN)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Saint Paul (MN)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Arden Hills (MN)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Mounds View (MN)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
 
Washington (MN)
  Marine-on-Saint-Croix (MN)   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Scandia (MN)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Bayport (MN)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Oak Park Heights (MN)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Stillwater (MN)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Withrow (MN)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Grant (MN)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Lakeland Shores (MN)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Lakeland (MN)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Hugo (MN)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Forest Lake (MN)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Dellwood (MN)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Star Prairie ...

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 132 newspapers that have been published in the area around Star Prairie.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Star Prairie. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Star Prairie and those printed in the larger area surrounding Star Prairie.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Star Prairie.

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 Prairie:

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 Saint Croix County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Burnett County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dunn County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pierce County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Anoka County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Chisago County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dakota County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hennepin County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Isanti County (MN):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Ramsey 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 Saint Croix County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Wisconsin
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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 ...
      Minnesota

Cemeteries Near Star Prairie ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Star Prairie.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  SSW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  NE Wagon Landing Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  S Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  E Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SSW Boardman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N El Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  NW Pleasant Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>  
  ESE Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Amery Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Sand Lake 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Star Prairie had a population of 269 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Star Prairie had a population of 557 people.

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

Stanton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Star Prairie
 - Stanton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Alden   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Star Prairie
 - 1895 population of 48 people (with 2,790 people in 2018)
 - Alden had a post office and no railroad service
 
New Richmond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the South (S) from Star Prairie
 - 1895 population of 1,408 people (with 9,167 people in 2018)
 - New Richmond had a post office and railroad service
 
Deer Park   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the East (E) from Star Prairie
 - 1895 population of 206 people (with 214 people in 2018)
 - Deer Park had a post office and railroad service
 
Little Falls   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Star Prairie
 - 1895 population of 103 people
 - Little Falls had a post office and no railroad service
 
Somerset   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Star Prairie
 - 1895 population of 114 people (with 2,825 people in 2018)
 - Somerset had a post office and no railroad service
 
Nye   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Star Prairie
 - Nye had railroad service and no post office
 
Deronda   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Star Prairie
 - Deronda had a post office and railroad service
 
East Farmington   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Star Prairie
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - East Farmington had a post office and no railroad service
 
Boardman   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the South Southwest (SSW) from Star Prairie
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Boardman 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 Star Prairie. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Star Prairie in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Star Prairie ...

While our initial data about Star Prairie came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Star Prairie in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Star Prairie.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Star Prairie:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Star Prairie in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Star Prairie for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Star Prairie. See our Misc Page for Star Prairie for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Wisconsin

About Saint Croix County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Croix County: www.co.saint-croix.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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Star Prairie) 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 Star Prairie. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Star Prairie

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Star Prairie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.1983, Longitude: -92.5319     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Star Prairie 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 Star Prairie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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