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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 the area of 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 103 newspapers that have been published in the area around Washburn.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Washburn. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Washburn and those printed in the larger area surrounding Washburn.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 47 miles [75.6 km]<1> of 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  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S B' Nai Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Agnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE La Pointe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Odanah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bell 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Washburn had a population of 3,039 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Washburn had a population of 2,048 people.

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

Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Washburn
 - 1895 population of 9,956 people (with 7,823 people in 2017)
 - Ashland had a post office and railroad service
Ashland Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Washburn
 - Ashland Junction had a post office and railroad service
La Pointe   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Washburn
 - 1895 population of 309 people
 - La Pointe had a post office and no railroad service
White River   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Washburn
 - White River had railroad service and no post office
Odanah   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Washburn
 - 1895 population of 6 people
 - Odanah had a post office and railroad service
Bayfield   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Washburn
 - 1895 population of 1,373 people (with 473 people in 2017)
 - Bayfield had a post office and railroad service
Moquah   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Washburn
 - Moquah had railroad service and no post office
Benoit   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Washburn
 - Benoit 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Washburn is located in Bayfield County and is the County Seat.

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)
      Bayview   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Barksdale   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Washburn   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bayfield   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eileen   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bell   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bayfield   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kelly   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pilsen   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mason   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clover   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mason   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      La Pointe   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gingles   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Odanah   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sanborn   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      White River   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      La Pointe   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marengo   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mellen   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morse   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tannery Town   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brule   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cloverland   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cloverland   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Maple   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Nebagamon   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gurney   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saxon   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Montreal   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hurley   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pence   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Knight   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carey   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spider Lake   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gogebic (MI)
      Hillcrest (MI)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ironwood (MI)   [Map]   SE   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 either 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 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    
Gogebic County (MI):       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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Washburn ...

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

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 Washburn:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Washburn in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Washburn for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Washburn.
      See our Misc Page for Washburn for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wisconsin

About Bayfield County

About Wisconsin

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 begins in Washburn. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Washburn

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Washburn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.6738, Longitude: -90.8935     [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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