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Our Genealogical Helper for Waterbury ...

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 Waterbury (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 Waterbury. 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 Waterbury ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waterbury.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Waterbury, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Waterbury.

Cemeteries Near Waterbury ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waterbury.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Komensky Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Dells Dam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Levis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Decorah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Knapp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Columbia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  E Martyrs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Neillsville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakwood 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 in 1895, Waterbury had railroad service and no post office.

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

Pray   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Waterbury
 - Pray had a post office and railroad service
Hatfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Waterbury
 - Hatfield had railroad service and no post office
Lapham Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Waterbury
 - Lapham Junction had railroad service and no post office
Shortville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Waterbury
 - Shortville had a post office and no railroad service
Lynxville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Waterbury
 - 1895 population of 243 people (with 127 people in 2017)
 - Lynxville had a post office and railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Waterbury
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Sheppard   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waterbury
 - Sheppard had railroad service and no post office
Neillsville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Waterbury
 - 1895 population of 1,936 people (with 2,416 people in 2017)
 - Neillsville had a post office and railroad service
Merrillan   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Waterbury
 - 1895 population of 639 people (with 527 people in 2017)
 - Merrillan had a post office and railroad service
Black River Falls   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waterbury
 - 1895 population of 2,261 people (with 3,503 people in 2017)
 - Black River Falls 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 Waterbury. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waterbury 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 and hospitals 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.

Waterbury is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Clark, Eau Claire, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau & Wood.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Waterbury)
      Komensky   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hatfield   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      City Point   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Knapp   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brockway   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Adams   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Merrillan   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Millston   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Black River Falls   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alma   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bear Bluff   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alma Center   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rome   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Edson   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Levis   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Washburn   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dewhurst   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Valley   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Neillsville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sherwood   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hewett   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Granton   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Humbird   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mentor   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lynxville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
Eau Claire
      Fairchild   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairchild   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hay Creek   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bridge Creek   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Otter Creek   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clear Creek   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ludington   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Finley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cutler   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armenia   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Necedah   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orange   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Douglas   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Necedah   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clearfield   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hustler   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fountain   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
La Crosse
      Burns   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockland   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McMillan   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Unity   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Day   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eau Pleine   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stratford   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hull   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Warrens   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Grant   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Lyme   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scott   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Little Falls   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tunnel City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tomah   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Byron   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pigeon Falls   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blair   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pigeon   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Osseo   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coral City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Preston   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sumner   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Unity   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cary   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hiles   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Remington   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dexter   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pittsville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Wood   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bakerville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cranmoor   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hansen   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 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 Waterbury:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chippewa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Eau Claire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
La Crosse County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marathon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Trempealeau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Waterbury ...

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

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 Waterbury:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Waterbury.
      See our Misc Page for Waterbury for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jackson County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Waterbury. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Waterbury) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waterbury. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3852, Longitude: -90.5985     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waterbury 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 Waterbury, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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