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Our Genealogical Helper for Waterville ...

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 Waterville (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 Waterville. 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 Waterville ...

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 86 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waterville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Waterville, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Waterville.

Cemeteries Near Waterville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waterville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Round Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Waubeek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Porcupine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clearview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Henrys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Free Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Weber Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Plum City Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Maxville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Little Plum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Farm Hill Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lund Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mission Covenant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Poplar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ono Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pownell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lower Weston 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>

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

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

Arkansaw   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Waterville
 - 1895 population of 229 people
 - Arkansaw had a post office and no railroad service
Porcupine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Waterville
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Porcupine had a post office and no railroad service
Durand   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Waterville
 - 1895 population of 1,154 people (with 1,820 people in 2017)
 - Durand had a post office and railroad service
Eau Galle   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Waterville
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Eau Galle had a post office and no railroad service
Exile   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Waterville
 - Exile had a post office and no railroad service
Plum City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Waterville
 - 1895 population of 213 people (with 604 people in 2017)
 - Plum City had a post office and no railroad service
Ella   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Waterville
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Ella had a post office and no railroad service
Savoy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Savoy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Waterville
 - Savoy 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 Waterville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waterville 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Waterville is located in Pepin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pepin County: Goodhue (MN), Wabasha (MN), Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire & Pierce.

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

Pepin     (The home county for Waterville)
      Durand   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Waubeek   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Durand   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Frankfort   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ella   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lima   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pepin   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stockholm   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pepin   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lakeport   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stockholm   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Albany   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Maxville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Canton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Modena   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Springdale - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mondovi   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Mondovi   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gilmanton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alma   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Naples   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wheaton   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Howard   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Hallie   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hallie   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chippewa Falls   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cooks Valley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eau Galle   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Dunn   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Peru   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lucas   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Menomonie   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Menomonie   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Brook   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Red Cedar   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Knapp   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elk Mound   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Eau Claire
      Brunswick   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Drammen   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eau Claire   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Washington   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Seymour   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clear Creek   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Seymour   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fall Creek   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plum City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock Elm   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elmwood   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Maiden Rock   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spring Lake   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Maiden Rock   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      El Paso   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gilman   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Isabelle   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
Saint Croix
      Cady   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eau Galle   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hersey   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rush River   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baldwin   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baldwin   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenwood City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hammond   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eleva   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Albion   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chimney Rock   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Strum   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnside   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Unity   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New City - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Independence   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hale   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dakota (MN)
      Miesville (MN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hastings (MN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Goodhue (MN)
      Frontenac (MN)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Red Wing (MN)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellechester (MN)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goodhue (MN)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Welch (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Zumbrota (MN)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Olmsted (MN)
      Oronoco (MN)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wabasha (MN)
      Reads Landing (MN)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake City (MN)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wabasha (MN)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellogg (MN)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Millville (MN)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Zumbro Falls (MN)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hammond (MN)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Plainview (MN)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mazeppa (MN)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elgin (MN)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (MN)
      Lake Saint Croix Beach (MN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint Marys Point (MN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lakeland Shores (MN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winona (MN)
      Minneiska (MN)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver (MN) - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elba (MN)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rollingstone (MN)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altura (MN)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minnesota City (MN)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Waterville:

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 Pepin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Buffalo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chippewa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Eau Claire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Croix County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Trempealeau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dakota County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Goodhue County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Olmsted County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wabasha County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winona County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Find a Community within Wisconsin

About Pepin County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waterville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.6419, Longitude: -92.0627     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waterville 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 Waterville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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