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Victory, Wisconsin

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The location of Victory

Our Genealogy Helper for Victory ...

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 Victory (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 Victory. 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 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 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.

Victory 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 Victory. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Victory:

Vernon     (The home county for Victory)
  Wheatland   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Genoa   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Genoa   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Harmony   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bergen   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Stoddard   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Chaseburg   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Viroqua   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  De Soto   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Freeman   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ferryville   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Utica   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Seneca   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Gays Mills   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Soldiers Grove   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bell Center   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eastman   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Haney   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Millville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wyalusing   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wyalusing   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Marion   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blue River   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Watterstown   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
La Crosse
  Shelby   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  La Crosse   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Barre   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  French Island   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Medary   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Onalaska   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Portland   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cashton   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melvina   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Leon   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sheldon   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wells   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oil City   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sparta   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sparta   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Viola   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Forest   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sylvan   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Akan   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Westport   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bloom   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bloom City   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Eagle   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Trempealeau   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Caledonia   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Allamakee (IA)
  New Albin (IA)   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lansing (IA)   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dorchester (IA)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Harpers Ferry (IA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waterville (IA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waukon (IA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Postville (IA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Clayton (IA)
  Marquette (IA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Luana (IA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McGregor (IA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Monona (IA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Farmersburg (IA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint Olaf (IA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clayton (IA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (IA)
  Clermont (IA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winneshiek (IA)
  Highlandville (IA)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Hesper (IA)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Decorah (IA)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Castalia (IA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bluffton (IA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ossian (IA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Calmar (IA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fillmore (MN)
  Mabel (MN)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rushford (MN)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rushford Village (MN)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Canton (MN)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Peterson (MN)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whalan (MN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Harmony (MN)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Houston (MN)
  Eitzen (MN)   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Brownsville (MN)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Caledonia (MN)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hokah (MN)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  La Crescent (MN)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Houston (MN)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Winona (MN)
  Dakota (MN)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Homer (MN)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Victory ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Victory.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE German Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW New Albin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Peters Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Lawrence Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winnebago Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Walnut Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Heminway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rush Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns United Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW May's Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Haukley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Church of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Krause Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fargo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Victory ...

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 113 newspapers that have been published in the area around Victory.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Victory, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Victory.

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 Victory had a population of 131 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Red Mound   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Victory
 - Red Mound had a post office and no railroad service
New Albin (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Victory
 - 1895 population of 411 people (with 510 people in 2017)
 - New Albin had a post office and railroad service
De Soto   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Victory
 - 1895 population of 355 people (with 283 people in 2017)
 - De Soto had a post office and railroad service
Romance   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Victory
 - Romance had a post office and no railroad service
Genoa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Victory
 - 1895 population of 189 people (with 263 people in 2017)
 - Genoa had a post office and railroad service
Retreat   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Victory
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Retreat had a post office and no railroad service
Lansing (IA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Victory
 - 1895 population of 1,668 people (with 941 people in 2017)
 - Lansing had a post office and railroad service
Reno (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Victory
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Reno had a post office and railroad service
Purdy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Victory
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Purdy had a post office and no railroad service
West Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Victory
 - West Prairie had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Victory. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Victory in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 - 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 Victory:

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:

Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



La Crosse County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Richland County:     Cyndi's



Trempealeau County:     Cyndi's



Allamakee County (IA):     Cyndi's



Clayton County (IA):     Cyndi's



Fayette County (IA):     Cyndi's



Winneshiek County (IA):     Cyndi's



Fillmore County (MN):     Cyndi's



Houston County (MN):     Cyndi's



Winona 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Victory ...

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

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 Victory:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Wisconsin

About Vernon County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Victory. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Victory) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Victory. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4855, Longitude: -91.2126     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Victory 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 Victory, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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