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Our Genealogical Helper for Washburn ...

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 Washburn (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 Washburn. 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 Washburn ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Washburn.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Washburn, there are papers which were published within 46 miles [74 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Washburn.

Cemeteries Near Washburn ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Washburn.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SE B' Nai Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Agnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNW Herbster Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WSW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SSW Pike River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  S Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillside 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.<2>

While we didn't find Washburn in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Washburn.

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

Moquah   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Washburn
 - Moquah had railroad service and no post office
Ashland Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Washburn
 - Ashland Junction had a post office and railroad service
Washburn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Washburn
 - 1895 population of 3,039 people (with 2,048 people in 2017)
 - Washburn had a post office and railroad service
Ino   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Washburn
 - Ino had railroad service and no post office
Benoit   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Washburn
 - Benoit had railroad service and no post office
Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Washburn
 - 1895 population of 9,956 people (with 7,823 people in 2017)
 - Ashland had a post office and railroad service
Topside   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Washburn
 - Topside had railroad service and no post office
White River   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Washburn
 - White River 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 Washburn. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Washburn 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Washburn is located in Bayfield County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bayfield County: Ashland, Douglas, Sawyer & Washburn.

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

Bayfield     (The home county for Washburn)
      Barksdale   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pilsen   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bell   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Washburn   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bayview   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clover   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eileen   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tripp   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Port Wing   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mason   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gingles   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      La Pointe   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odanah   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White River   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sanborn   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marengo   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      La Pointe   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mellen   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morse   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tannery Town   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brule   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cloverland   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cloverland   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maple   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Nebagamon   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Poplar   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lakeside   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Amnicon   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bennett   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hawthorne   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bennett   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gurney   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saxon   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spider Lake   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Seeley   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lake (MN)
      Two Harbors (MN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Knife River (MN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 it should be mentioned 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 Washburn:

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 Bayfield County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Ashland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Iron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sawyer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bayfield 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 Washburn. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Washburn) 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 Washburn. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Washburn

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Washburn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.6638, Longitude: -91.0902     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Washburn 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 Washburn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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