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Viroqua, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for Viroqua ...

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 Viroqua (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 Viroqua. 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Viroqua is located in Vernon County and is the County Seat.

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

Vernon     (The home county for Viroqua)
  Viroqua   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Jefferson   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Westby   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Webster   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Christiana   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Coon   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Kickapoo   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Readstown   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Harmony   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Soldiers Grove   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Utica   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gays Mills   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Freeman   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ferryville   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bell Center   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  De Soto   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Haney   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Seneca   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Scott   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Steuben   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Blue River   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Watterstown   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Muscoda   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Muscoda   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marion   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Millville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Castle Rock   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  North Bend   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union Center   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wonewoc   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wonewoc   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elroy   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fountain   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hustler   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Summit   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Camp Douglas   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lindina   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
La Crosse
  Washington   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Barre   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Rockland   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  La Crosse   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Medary   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  West Salem   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  French Island   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cashton   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Portland   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Melvina   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sheldon   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Leon   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oil City   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wells   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sparta   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Viola   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Forest   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sylvan   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bloom   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bloom City   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Akan   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Yuba   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Henrietta   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hub City   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  La Valle   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  La Valle   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lime Ridge   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Washington   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bear Creek   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Caledonia   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allamakee (IA)
  New Albin (IA)   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lansing (IA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Harpers Ferry (IA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Waterville (IA)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dorchester (IA)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Waukon (IA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Clayton (IA)
  Marquette (IA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  McGregor (IA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Winneshiek (IA)
  Highlandville (IA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Houston (MN)
  Brownsville (MN)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hokah (MN)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  La Crescent (MN)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Eitzen (MN)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Caledonia (MN)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Houston (MN)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Winona (MN)
  Dakota (MN)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Viroqua ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Viroqua.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Viroqua Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belgium Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Brookville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bishop Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Asbury Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Brush Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coon Prairie Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Our Saviours Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fargo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Manning Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Towerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hooverson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kickapoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maiben Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Haukley Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Viroqua ...

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 115 newspapers that have been published in the area around Viroqua.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Viroqua. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Viroqua and those printed in the larger area surrounding Viroqua.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km] of Viroqua.

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 Viroqua had a population of 1,270 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Viroqua had a population of 4,448 people.

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

Springville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Viroqua
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Springville had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty Pole   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Viroqua
 - 1895 population of 79 people
 - Liberty Pole had a post office and no railroad service
Ross   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Viroqua
 - Ross had a post office and no railroad service
Avalanche   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Viroqua
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Avalanche had a post office and no railroad service
Westby   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Viroqua
 - 1895 population of 216 people (with 2,248 people in 2017)
 - Westby had a post office and railroad service
Esofea   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Viroqua
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Esofea had a post office and no railroad service
Fargo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Viroqua
 - Fargo had a post office and no railroad service
Bloomingdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Viroqua
 - 1895 population of 112 people
 - Bloomingdale had a post office and no railroad service
Purdy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Viroqua
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Purdy 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 Viroqua. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Viroqua in the 1890's.

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 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 - 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 Viroqua:

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



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Juneau County:     Cyndi's



La Crosse County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Richland County:     Cyndi's



Sauk County:     Cyndi's



Trempealeau County:     Cyndi's



Allamakee County (IA):     Cyndi's



Clayton County (IA):     Cyndi's



Winneshiek County (IA):     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 Viroqua ...

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

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 Viroqua:

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

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

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Viroqua. See our Misc Page for Viroqua 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 Viroqua. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Viroqua) 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 Viroqua. 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 Viroqua

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Viroqua. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5583, Longitude: -90.8865     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Viroqua 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 Viroqua, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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