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Our Genealogy Helper for Viola ...

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 Viola (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 Viola. 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 southeast 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 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.

Viola is primarily located in Richland County. A portion of Viola extends into Vernon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Richland County: Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Sauk & Vernon.

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

Richland     (The home county for Viola)
  Forest   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Sylvan   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bloom   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bloom City   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Yuba   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Akan   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Henrietta   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hub City   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rockbridge   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Soldiers Grove   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Utica   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gays Mills   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bell Center   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Scott   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Haney   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Freeman   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ferryville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Seneca   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Steuben   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Blue River   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Watterstown   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Muscoda   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Muscoda   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Marion   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Castle Rock   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fennimore   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Highland   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Highland   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eden   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union Center   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Wonewoc   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wonewoc   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Elroy   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Summit   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fountain   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hustler   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lindina   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Seven Mile Creek   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Camp Douglas   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
La Crosse
  Washington   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Barre   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rockland   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  West Salem   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Burns   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cashton   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Oil City   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sheldon   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Portland   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Melvina   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Kendall   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lime Ridge   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  La Valle   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  La Valle   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Washington   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bear Creek   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Loganville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Reedsburg   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Reedsburg   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Westfield   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  La Farge   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Kickapoo   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Stark   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Webster   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Readstown   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Viroqua   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Viroqua   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Allamakee (IA)
  Lansing (IA)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  New Albin (IA)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Harpers Ferry (IA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Waterville (IA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Houston (MN)
  Brownsville (MN)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hokah (MN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  La Crescent (MN)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eitzen (MN)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Viola ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Viola.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Viola Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Bender Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lawton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Manning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Maiben Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brush Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ash Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bishop Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW North Clayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Felton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jug Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Asbury Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brookville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Kickapoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hooverson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Viola ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Viola.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Viola. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Viola and those printed in the larger area surrounding Viola.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km] of Viola.

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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Viola had a population of 135 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Viola had a population of 676 people.

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

Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 197 people
 - Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
La Farge   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Viola
 - La Farge had a post office and no railroad service
Ross   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Viola
 - Ross had a post office and no railroad service
Kickapoo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 656 people in 2017)
 - Kickapoo had a post office and no railroad service
Sugar Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Sugar Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Readstown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 65 people (with 415 people in 2017)
 - Readstown had a post office and no railroad service
Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sylvan had a post office and no railroad service
Sabin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Viola
 - Sabin 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 Viola. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Viola in the 1890's.

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 - 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 Viola:

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 Richland County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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



Sauk County:     Cyndi's



Vernon 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 Richland County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Wisconsin   Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Wisconsin, for Richland 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 Viola ...

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

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 Viola:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Wisconsin

About Richland County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Richland 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- Viola) 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 Viola. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Viola

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Viola. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5097, Longitude: -90.6665     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Viola have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Viola, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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