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Our Genealogical Helper for Vesper ...

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 Vesper (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Vesper. 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of Vesper ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vesper.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

Cemeteries Near Vesper ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vesper.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Vesper covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. John Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethany Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Arpin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Philomena Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW John Ne-Wee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Indian Bill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Joachims Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Village of Port Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Slidre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Milladore Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE St. Wenceslaus 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 Vesper had a population of 562 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Vesper had a population of 558 people.

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

Hansen   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vesper
 - Hansen had a post office and railroad service
Walker   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Vesper
 - Walker had railroad service and no post office
Sherry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vesper
 - Sherry had a post office and railroad service
Pittsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vesper
 - 1895 population of 653 people (with 838 people in 2017)
 - Pittsville had a post office and railroad service
Rudolph   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Vesper
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 424 people in 2017)
 - Rudolph had a post office and railroad service
Blenker   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vesper
 - Blenker had a post office and no railroad service
Auburndale   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vesper
 - 1895 population of 253 people (with 671 people in 2017)
 - Auburndale had a post office and railroad service
Milladore   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vesper
 - 1895 population of 89 people (with 267 people in 2017)
 - Milladore had a post office and railroad service
Veedum   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vesper
 - Veedum 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 Vesper. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vesper in the 1890's.

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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Vesper is located in Wood County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wood County: Adams, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon & Portage.

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

Wood     (The home county for Vesper)
      Sigel   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hansen   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Arpin   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Arpin   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Sherry   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pittsville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wood   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cranmoor   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wisconsin Rapids   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Auburndale   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rome   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leola   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Flats   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Colburn   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Strongs Prairie   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Preston   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adams   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adams   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quincy   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sherwood   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Granton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Washburn   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Unity   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loyal   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Loyal   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Neillsville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Levis   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lynxville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      City Point   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bear Bluff   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Knapp   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Komensky   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hatfield   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millston   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armenia   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Finley   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Necedah   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Necedah   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cutler   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clearfield   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orange   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Day   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Green Valley   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bergen   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McMillan   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stratford   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ashley   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Knowlton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Eau Pleine   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mosinee   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scott   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Warrens   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Byron   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wyeville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Carson   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Junction City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Linwood   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eau Pleine   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Plover   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Whiting   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hull   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Park Ridge   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Plover   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stevens Point   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dewey   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Iola   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plainfield   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Plainfield   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hancock   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hancock   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oasis   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rose   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Vesper:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Wood County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marathon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Portage County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waupaca County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waushara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vesper ...

While our initial data for Vesper came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Vesper 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 Vesper.

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 Vesper:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Vesper in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Vesper for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Vesper.
      See our Misc Page for Vesper for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Wood County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Wood 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 that stretches from Vesper. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vesper) 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 Vesper. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Vesper

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vesper. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.4811, Longitude: -89.9674     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vesper have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<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:

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<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 Vesper, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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