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Our Genealogical Helper for Waterloo ...

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 Waterloo (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 Waterloo. 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 Waterloo ...

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 157 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waterloo.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Waterloo. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Waterloo and those printed in the larger area surrounding Waterloo.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> of Waterloo.

Cemeteries Near Waterloo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waterloo.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S South Road Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Medina Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW South York Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Neville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW York Center Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Newville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW East York Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deansville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Rock Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elba Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW North York Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pierceville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE The Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Aztalan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Okeag Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bristol Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Church Hill 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Waterloo had a population of 862 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Waterloo had a population of 3,336 people.

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

Marshall   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 282 people (with 3,973 people in 2017)
 - Marshall had a post office and railroad service
 
Hubbleton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Hubbleton had a post office and railroad service
 
Deansville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 114 people
 - Deansville had a post office and railroad service
 
Pierceville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waterloo
 - Pierceville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lake Mills   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 1,053 people (with 5,898 people in 2017)
 - Lake Mills had a post office and railroad service
 
London   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Waterloo
 - London had a post office and railroad service
 
Aztalan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Aztalan had a post office and no railroad service
 
Milford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 128 people
 - Milford had a post office and no railroad service
 
Danville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 163 people
 - Danville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Columbus   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Waterloo
 - 1895 population of 2,367 people (with 5,031 people in 2017)
 - Columbus 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 Waterloo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waterloo 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Waterloo is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Dane, Dodge, Rock, Walworth & Waukesha.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Waterloo)
      Waterloo   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Milford   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Aztalan   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake Ripley   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Johnson Creek   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakland   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Columbia
      Columbus   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hampden   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fall River   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fountain Prairie   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Doylestown   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Otsego   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lowville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rio   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Dane
      Marshall   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Medina   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sun Prairie   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cambridge   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cottage Grove   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cottage Grove   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sun Prairie   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Christiana   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burke   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Dodge
      Portland   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Shields   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elba   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Reeseville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Calamus   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Fond du Lac
      Alto   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brandon   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairwater   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakfield   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Green Lake
      Mackford   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Markesan   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Green Lake   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marquette   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marquette   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Green
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Albany   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Exeter   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Albany   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral Point   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marquette
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Rock
      Edgerton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lima   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Porter   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Janesville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Center   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Sauk
      Merrimac   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Merrimac   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prairie du Sac village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sauk City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prairie du Sac   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Walworth
      Whitewater   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitewater   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sugar Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington
      Hartford   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Erin   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Polk   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Waukesha
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oconomowoc Lake   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Okauchee Lake   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dousman   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chenequa   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nashotah   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Delafield   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Merton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Waterloo:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //www.wisconsinhistory.org/

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dodge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fond du Lac County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Green Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Green County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sauk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walworth County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waukesha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Jefferson 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 ...
      Illinois

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Waterloo ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community within Wisconsin

About Jefferson County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Waterloo: www.waterloowis.com/

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffersoncountywi.gov

The official website for State of Wisconsin: www.wisconsin.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Waterloo. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Waterloo) 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 Waterloo. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Waterloo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waterloo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1831, Longitude: -88.9898     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waterloo 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Waterloo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Waterloo.



 
 
 

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