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Our Genealogical Helper for Waupaca ...

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 Waupaca (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 Waupaca. 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 Waupaca ...

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 81 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waupaca.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Waupaca, 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 Waupaca.

Cemeteries Near Waupaca ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waupaca.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Butternut Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Baldwins Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Little Wolf Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ogdensburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Waupaca County Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Spencer Lake Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lind Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hobart Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Royalton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Farmington Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Barton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Rural Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Evenswood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Iola Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lola Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scandinavia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Old Ostrander Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ostrander - Northport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union 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 Waupaca in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Waupaca.

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

Waupaca   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 2,127 people (with 5,886 people in 2017)
 - Waupaca had a post office and railroad service
Baldwins Mill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Waupaca
 - Baldwins Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Ogdensburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 68 people (with 177 people in 2017)
 - Ogdensburg had a post office and railroad service
Little Wolf - Historic   [Map]
 - While Little Wolf was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Little Wolf had a post office and no railroad service
Lind   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 1,585 people in 2017)
 - Lind had a post office and no railroad service
Weyauwega   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 706 people (with 578 people in 2017)
 - Weyauwega had a post office and railroad service
Manawa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 350 people (with 1,294 people in 2017)
 - Manawa had a post office and railroad service
Scandinavia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 109 people (with 354 people in 2017)
 - Scandinavia had a post office and railroad service
Rural   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 196 people
 - Rural 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 Waupaca. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waupaca 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 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 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.

Waupaca is located in Waupaca County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Waupaca County: Marathon, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Waushara & Winnebago.

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

Waupaca     (The home county for Waupaca)
      Waupaca   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ogdensburg   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saint Lawrence   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Royalton   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Little Wolf   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Weyauwega   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Manawa   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lind   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Weyauwega   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leola   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colburn   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sherwood   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fond du Lac
      Ripon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ripon   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rosendale   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Green Lake
      Berlin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berlin   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Marie   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Lake   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Franzen   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elderon   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bevent   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elderon   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guenther   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reid   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hatley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Norrie   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knowlton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ringle   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Neshkoro   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Neshkoro   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crystal Lake   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mecan   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shields   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Keshena   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hortonia   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Maple Creek   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Dale   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hortonville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deer Creek   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shiocton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ellington   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bovina   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Maine   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Amherst   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lanark   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Amherst   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nelsonville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Amherst Junction   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alban   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rosholt   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairbanks   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Grant   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Germania   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tigerton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pella   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morris   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belle Plaine   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Navarino   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wittenberg   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Herman   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bowler   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gresham   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saxeville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bloomfield   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saxeville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Springwater   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wild Rose   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Leon   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Poysippi   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rose   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Morris   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Redgranite   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Oasis   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wautoma   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lohrville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wolf River   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Poygan   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Winchester   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Winneconne   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winneconne   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harbor Springs   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rushford   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Omro   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Menasha   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Omro   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vinland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Menasha   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Wazeecha   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Biron   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grand Rapids   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wisconsin Rapids   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saratoga   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Port Edwards   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Waupaca:

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 Waupaca County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calumet 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      
Marathon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Menominee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Outagamie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Portage County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shawano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waushara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winnebago County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wisconsin

About Waupaca County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Waupaca County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Waupaca. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Waupaca) 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 Waupaca. 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 Waupaca

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waupaca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3889, Longitude: -89.0279     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waupaca 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 Waupaca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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