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Our Genealogical Helper for Waukesha ...

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 Waukesha (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 Waukesha. 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 Waukesha ...

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 300 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waukesha.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Waukesha, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Waukesha.

Cemeteries Near Waukesha ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waukesha.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Prairie Home Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Vernon Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vernon United Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Oak Knoll Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Vernon Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Berlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Genesee Village Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Rural Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones - Muckey School Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Muskego Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Apostles Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Highland Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N St. Marys Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW North Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Luther Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Martin of Tours Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hartland Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. John Chrysostom Episcopalian Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ottawa 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 Waukesha in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Waukesha.

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

Waukesha   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Waukesha
 - 1895 population of 6,321 people (with 72,489 people in 2017)
 - Waukesha had a post office and railroad service
 
Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Waukesha
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Vernon had a post office and railroad service
 
Prospect   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Waukesha
 - 1895 population of 173 people
 - Prospect had a post office and no railroad service
 
Genesee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Waukesha
 - 1895 population of 218 people
 - Genesee had a post office and railroad service
 
Big Bend   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Waukesha
 - Big Bend had a post office and no railroad service
 
New Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Waukesha
 - New Berlin had a post office and no railroad service
 
Genesee Depot   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Waukesha
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Genesee Depot had a post office and no railroad service
 
North Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waukesha
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 2,222 people in 2017)
 - North Prairie 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 Waukesha. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waukesha 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 doctors and 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.

Waukesha is located in Waukesha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Waukesha County: Dodge, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth & Washington.

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

  DirectionDistance
Waukesha     (The home county for Waukesha)
      Waukesha   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      New Berlin   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Big Bend   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brookfield   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Delafield   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wales   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      North Prairie   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
 
Dane
      Cambridge   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockdale   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dodge
      Ashippun   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huilsburg   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Herman   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron Ridge   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hubbard   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Fond du Lac
      Kewaskum   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Fane   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jefferson
      Sullivan   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Concord   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Concord   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rome   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Helenville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Kenosha
      Brighton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slades Corners   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Paris   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Paddock Lake   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Powers Lake   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Somers   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Randall   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Milwaukee
      Hales Corners   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greendale   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Milwaukee   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Cudahy   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Francis   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      South Milwaukee   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Ozaukee
      Mequon   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ulao   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Racine
      Caldwell   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Norway   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kneeland   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Browns Lake   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dover   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Eagle Lake   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
 
Rock
      Lima   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Johnstown Center   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avalon   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emerald Grove   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Walworth
      Lake Beulah   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Voree - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bowers   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lyons   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Washington
      Richfield   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Erin   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Polk   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Lake (IL)
      Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Antioch (IL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Russell (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fox Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fox Lake Hills (IL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake Villa (IL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lindenhurst (IL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monaville (IL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Mill Creek (IL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winthrop Harbor (IL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ingleside (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beach Park (IL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
McHenry (IL)
      Richmond (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hebron (IL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Solon Mills (IL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alden (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pistakee Highlands (IL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ringwood (IL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sunnyside (IL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Johnsburg (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wonder Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Waukesha:

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 Waukesha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kenosha 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    
Lake County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McHenry County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community within Wisconsin

About Waukesha County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Waukesha County: www.waukeshacounty.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' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Waukesha. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Waukesha) 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 Waukesha. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Waukesha

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waukesha. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.9645, Longitude: -88.2493     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waukesha 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 Waukesha, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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