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Our Genealogical 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 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 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of 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 123 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watertown.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Watertown. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Watertown and those printed in the larger area surrounding Watertown.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> of 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 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 Watertown covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

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

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

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

Watertown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 8,755 people (with 2,035 people in 2017)
 - Watertown had a post office and railroad service
Pipersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Pipersville had a post office and no railroad service
Richwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) 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 Southeast (ESE) from Watertown
 - Ixonia had a post office and railroad service
Johnson Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Farmington had a post office and no railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Watertown
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Hubbleton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Hubbleton had a post office and railroad service
Milford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Watertown
 - 1895 population of 128 people
 - Milford had a post office and no 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.

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 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.

Watertown is primarily located in Jefferson County. A portion of Watertown extends into Dodge 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]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Milford   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Johnson Creek   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Aztalan   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Helenville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fall River   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fountain Prairie   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hampden   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Doylestown   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Otsego   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cambria   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rio   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friesland   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Medina   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      York   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cambridge   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rockdale   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Christiana   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sun Prairie   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cottage Grove   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cottage Grove   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sun Prairie   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Shields   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Reeseville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Portland   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Fond du Lac
      Alto   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakfield   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kewaskum   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Byron   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakfield   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Campbellsport   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Fane   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brandon   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairwater   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eden   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eden   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Green Lake
      Mackford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Markesan   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brown Deer   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hales Corners   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Milwaukee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      River Hills   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greendale   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mequon   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Norway   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lima   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edgerton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnstown Center   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Porter   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Janesville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Emerald Grove   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitewater   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitewater   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Beulah   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sugar Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowers   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Erin   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Polk   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Okauchee Lake   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oconomowoc Lake   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chenequa   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nashotah   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dousman   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Delafield   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - you should note 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     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 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      
Milwaukee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ozaukee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Racine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rock 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     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Wisconsin

About Jefferson County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Watertown:

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 starting in Watertown. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Watertown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watertown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1828, Longitude: -88.7245     [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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