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Town of Watertown, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for Watertown ...

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 Watertown (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 Watertown. 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Watertown)
  Watertown   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Johnson Creek   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Milford   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Ixonia   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ixonia   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Concord   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Concord   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Aztalan   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Helenville   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fall River   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fountain Prairie   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hampden   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Doylestown   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Otsego   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Courtland   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leeds   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rio   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cambria   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lowville   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Medina   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  York   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Deerfield   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Deerfield   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Rockdale   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Christiana   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sun Prairie   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bristol   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Cottage Grove   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Albion   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Emmet   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Shields   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lebanon   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clyman   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Clyman   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Portland   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Reeseville   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ashippun   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hustisford   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hustisford   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Fond du Lac
  Alto   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kewaskum   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakfield   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Byron   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oakfield   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Campbellsport   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Fane   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brandon   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Green Lake
  Mackford   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Markesan   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wauwatosa   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Allis   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hales Corners   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brown Deer   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Greendale   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Milwaukee   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Milwaukee   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  River Hills   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mequon   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedarburg   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cedarburg   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Thiensville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Caldwell   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wind Lake   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Norway   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Browns Lake   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lima   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Edgerton   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fulton   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Johnstown   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fulton   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Harmony   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnstown Center   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnstown   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Porter   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Emerald Grove   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Whitewater   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Whitewater   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Troy   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Richmond   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  East Troy   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Potter Lake   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  East Troy   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lake Beulah   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Erin   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Slinger   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Addison   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Polk   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  West Bend   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oconomowoc   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Oconomowoc   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Oconomowoc Lake   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Okauchee Lake   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Summit   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dousman   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Chenequa   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Nashotah   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ottawa   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Delafield   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Merton   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Ottawa   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Watertown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watertown.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Whitney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Church Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N St. Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pipersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ixonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E River Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Farmington Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Farmington Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Emmet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Aztalan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glenview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Concord Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Norwegian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Rock Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Redemptionist Fathers Catholic Seminary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monterey Methodist Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Assumption Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neville Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Watertown ...

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 119 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watertown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Watertown, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Watertown.

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 Watertown had a population of 8,755 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Watertown had a population of 2,035 people.

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

Pipersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Pipersville had a post office and no railroad service
Johnson Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 3,017 people in 2017)
 - Johnson Creek had a post office and railroad service
Farmington   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Farmington had a post office and no railroad service
Milford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 128 people
 - Milford had a post office and no railroad service
Richwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 177 people
 - Richwood had a post office and railroad service
Ixonia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Watertown
 - Ixonia had a post office and railroad service
Aztalan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Aztalan had a post office and no railroad service
Jefferson Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Watertown
 - Jefferson Junction had railroad service and no post office
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Hubbleton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Hubbleton had a post office and railroad service
Helenville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 315 people
 - Helenville 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 Watertown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watertown in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 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 Watertown:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Columbia County:     Cyndi's



Dane County:     Cyndi's



Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Fond du Lac County:     Cyndi's



Green Lake County:     Cyndi's



Milwaukee County:     Cyndi's



Ozaukee County:     Cyndi's



Racine County:     Cyndi's



Rock County:     Cyndi's



Walworth County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Waukesha County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Watertown ...

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

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 Watertown:

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

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

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Watertown. See our Misc Page for Watertown for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Wisconsin

About Jefferson County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson 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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Watertown) 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 Watertown. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Watertown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watertown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1483, Longitude: -88.7326     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watertown 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 Watertown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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