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Our Genealogy Helper for Stark ...

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 Stark (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 Stark. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Stark is located in Vernon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Vernon County: Allamakee (IA), Houston (MN), Crawford, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland & Sauk.

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

Vernon     (The home county for Stark)
  La Farge   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Whitestown   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Webster   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Union   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  White City   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Liberty   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Ontario   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Forest   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Clinton   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Liberty   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Kickapoo   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Viroqua   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Quincy - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Quincy   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Soldiers Grove   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Clayton   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Utica   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Gays Mills   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Bell Center   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Scott   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Petersburg   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Haney   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Freeman   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Ferryville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Seneca   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Blue River   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Muscoda   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Watterstown   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Muscoda   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Castle Rock   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Marion   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Woodman   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Woodman   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Avoca   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Pulaski   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Clyde   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Highland   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Highland   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Union Center   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Wonewoc   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Wonewoc   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Elroy   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Plymouth   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Summit   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Fountain   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Hustler   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Lindina   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Camp Douglas   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Mauston   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
La Crosse
  Washington   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Bangor   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Greenfield   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Rockland   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Bangor   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Barre   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Shelby   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Burns   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  West Salem   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Hamilton   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Oil City   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Sheldon   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Wellington   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Cashton   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Jefferson   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Wilton   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Norwalk   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Glendale   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Melvina   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Ridgeville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Portland   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Kendall   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Forest   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Viola   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Bloom   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Yuba   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Bloom City   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Sylvan   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Henrietta   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Marshall   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Gillingham   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Hub City   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Rockbridge   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Akan   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Woodland   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Ironton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  La Valle   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  La Valle   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Ironton   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Lime Ridge   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Washington   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Winfield   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Loganville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Reedsburg   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Reedsburg   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Bear Creek   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
Allamakee (IA)
  Lansing (IA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  New Albin (IA)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Harpers Ferry (IA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
Houston (MN)
  Brownsville (MN)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  La Crescent (MN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Hokah (MN)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Stark ...

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 80 newspapers that have been published in the area around Stark.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Stark, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Stark.

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 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 Stark:

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 Vernon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Juneau County:     Cyndi's



La Crosse County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Richland County:     Cyndi's



Sauk County:     Cyndi's



Allamakee County (IA):     Cyndi's



Houston County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Wisconsin,
Cemeteries of Vernon County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Wisconsin   Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Wisconsin, for Vernon 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 ...

Cemeteries Near Stark ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Stark.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  WSW Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  NNE Jug Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Newburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  ESE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  SSW Viola Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  SSE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bad Axe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Revels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  WSW Brush Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bender Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forest - Burr Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Billings Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SSW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Czechs National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hilltop Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  WSW Bishop Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Manning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ash Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE East Pine River Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bohemian Brotherhood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gordon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Asbury Ridge 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 Stark in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Stark.

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

La Farge   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Stark
 - La Farge had a post office and no railroad service
Rockton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the North (N) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Rockton had a post office and no railroad service
Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Valley had a post office and no railroad service
West Lima   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - West Lima had a post office and no railroad service
Viola   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the South Southwest (SSW) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 135 people (with 668 people in 2018)
 - Viola had a post office and no railroad service
Ross   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the West Southwest (WSW) from Stark
 - Ross had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 197 people
 - Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
Ontario   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the North (N) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 266 people (with 552 people in 2018)
 - Ontario had a post office and no railroad service
Avalanche   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the West (W) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Avalanche had a post office and no railroad service
Yuba   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Stark
 - 1895 population of 129 people (with 70 people in 2018)
 - Yuba 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 Stark. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Stark in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wisconsin

About Vernon County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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- Stark) 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 Stark. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Stark

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stark. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5958, Longitude: -90.6096     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stark 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 Stark, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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