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Vilas, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for Vilas ...

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 Vilas (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 Vilas. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Vilas is located in Dane County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dane County: Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock & Sauk.

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

Dane     (The home county for Vilas)
  Cottage Grove   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Cottage Grove   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Burke   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Blooming Grove   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sun Prairie   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Burke   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  McFarland   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Monona   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Sun Prairie   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Maple Bluff   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Madison   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Deerfield   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hampden   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Leeds   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Otsego   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lodi   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lowville   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fall River   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lodi   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Poynette   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Portland   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Elba   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Astico   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shields   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Reeseville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Calamus   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Emmet   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clyman   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clyman   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Westford   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Fond du Lac
  Waupun   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Green Lake
  Kingston   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Exeter   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Albany   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Glarus   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Albany   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mineral Point   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  New Glarus   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Decatur   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Washington   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Barneveld   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Arena   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brigham   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arena   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hyde   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hollandale   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ridgeway   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lake Mills   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lake Ripley   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Waterloo   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lake Mills   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Oakland   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Carcajou   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Aztalan   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Milford   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lake Koshkonong   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fort Atkinson   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Blanchardville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Blanchard   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Edgerton   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fulton   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Porter   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Evansville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fulton   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Center   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Janesville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Footville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Merrimac   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sauk City   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Prairie du Sac village   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Merrimac   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Prairie du Sac   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sumpter   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Baraboo   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Troy   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Baraboo   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Denzer   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Baraboo   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whitewater   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Whitewater   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oconomowoc   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Summit   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dousman   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oconomowoc   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ottawa   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oconomowoc Lake   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eagle   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Okauchee Lake   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ottawa   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Vilas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vilas.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Cottage Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Roselawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW McFarland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hoepker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sun Prairie Memory Garden   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Pierceville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Liberty Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Deansville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Hauge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bristol Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Skaalen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Medina Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Vilas ...

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 183 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vilas.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vilas, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vilas.

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 in 1895, Vilas had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cottage Grove   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vilas
 - 1895 population of 166 people (with 6,939 people in 2017)
 - Cottage Grove had a post office and railroad service
Hope   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vilas
 - Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Burke   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vilas
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Burke had a post office and railroad service
Door Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vilas
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Door Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Nora   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Vilas
 - Nora had a post office and no railroad service
Pierceville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Vilas
 - Pierceville had a post office and no railroad service
Sun Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Vilas
 - 1895 population of 704 people (with 32,894 people in 2017)
 - Sun Prairie had a post office and railroad service
Darwin - Historic   [Map]
 - While Darwin was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Vilas
 - Darwin had railroad service and no post office
Madison   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Vilas
 - 1895 population of 13,426 people (with 255,214 people in 2017)
 - Madison 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 Vilas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vilas in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Vilas:

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 Dane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Columbia County:     Cyndi's



Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Fond du Lac County:     Cyndi's



Green Lake County:     Cyndi's



Green County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Lafayette County:     Cyndi's



Rock County:     Cyndi's



Sauk County:     Cyndi's



Walworth County:     Cyndi's



Waukesha County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

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

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 Vilas:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Wisconsin Community

About Dane County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dane 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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vilas) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vilas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0897, Longitude: -89.2348     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vilas 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 Vilas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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