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Waunakee, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogical Helper for Waunakee ...

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 Waunakee (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 Waunakee. 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 Waunakee ...

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 184 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waunakee.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Waunakee. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Waunakee and those printed in the larger area surrounding Waunakee.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km]<1> of Waunakee.

Cemeteries Near Waunakee ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waunakee.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N St. John's Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Kingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vienna Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Matsen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kohlman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Onehundred Mile Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW St. Bernards Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Evergreen Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roxbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunset Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Hoepker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Arlington Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arlington Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Arlington Prairie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bartholomew Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sun Prairie Memory Garden   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE North Windsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Waunakee had a population of 312 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Waunakee had a population of 13,755 people.

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

Mendota   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Waunakee
 - 1895 population of 627 people
 - Mendota had a post office and railroad service
Norway Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Waunakee
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Norway Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Ashton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waunakee
 - 1895 population of 107 people
 - Ashton had a post office and no railroad service
Pheasant Branch   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Waunakee
 - 1895 population of 105 people
 - Pheasant Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Dane   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Waunakee
 - 1895 population of 152 people (with 1,136 people in 2017)
 - Dane had a post office and railroad service
Windsor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Waunakee
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 7,057 people in 2017)
 - Windsor had a post office and railroad service
Springfield Corners   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Waunakee
 - Springfield Corners had a post office and no railroad service
Middleton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Waunakee
 - 1895 population of 324 people (with 19,660 people in 2017)
 - Middleton 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 Waunakee. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waunakee 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 and doctors 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.

Waunakee is located in Dane County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dane County: Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock & Sauk.

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

Dane     (The home county for Waunakee)
      Westport   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ashton Corners   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Windsor   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Dane   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      DeForest   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dane   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maple Bluff   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burke   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Morrisonville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shorewood Hills   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dell Prairie   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harmony Grove   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Poynette   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Wisconsin   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dekorra   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hampden   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lowville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Durwards Glen - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Portland   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Astico   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elba   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Calamus   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reeseville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shields   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westford   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Green Lake
      Kingston   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Exeter   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Glarus   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Glarus   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albany   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Monticello   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mineral Point   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Pleasant   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Albany   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Washington   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Adams   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arena   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Arena   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barneveld   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brigham   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hyde   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moscow   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollandale   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Ridge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodgeville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waldwick   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake Ripley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakland   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Milford   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumner   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aztalan   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Carcajou   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Koshkonong   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Johnson Creek   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blanchardville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blanchard   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Argyle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Argyle   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Endeavor   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glen Oak   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Packwaukee   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lone Rock   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Porter   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Edgerton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Center   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Footville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Janesville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orfordville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merrimac   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Prairie du Sac village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sauk City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Merrimac   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prairie du Sac   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sumpter   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baraboo   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Denzer   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baraboo   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Honey Creek   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Baraboo   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

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, 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 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 Waunakee:

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 Dane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dodge 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      
Iowa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lafayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Richland 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Waunakee ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Wisconsin

About Dane County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Waunakee:

The official website for Dane 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 that starts in Waunakee. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Waunakee) 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 Waunakee. 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 Waunakee

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waunakee. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1867, Longitude: -89.4521     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waunakee 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 Waunakee, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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