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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 the area of 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 89 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waupaca.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Waupaca. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Waupaca and those printed in the larger area surrounding Waupaca.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> of 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  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Spencer Lake Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butternut Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rural Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lind Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Baldwins Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Farmington Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cedar Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Evenswood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ogdensburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Badger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scandinavia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hobart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Waupaca County Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Wolf Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Iola Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lola Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Concordia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Royalton 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Waupaca had a population of 2,127 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Waupaca had a population of 5,886 people.

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

Rural   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 196 people
 - Rural had a post office and no railroad service
Lind   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 1,585 people in 2017)
 - Lind had a post office and no railroad service
Baldwins Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Waupaca
 - Baldwins Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Sheridan   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - Sheridan had a post office and railroad service
Hatton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hatton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Waupaca
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Ogdensburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 68 people (with 177 people in 2017)
 - Ogdensburg had a post office and railroad service
Weyauwega   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 706 people (with 578 people in 2017)
 - Weyauwega had a post office and railroad service
Scandinavia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 109 people (with 354 people in 2017)
 - Scandinavia 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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Waupaca
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Little Wolf 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Waupaca is located in Waupaca County and is the County Seat.

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]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lind   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Weyauwega   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ogdensburg   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Lawrence   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Royalton   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Weyauwega   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leola   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Colburn   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rome   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Flats   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fond du Lac
      Ripon   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ripon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rosendale   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Green Lake
      Berlin   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berlin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Marie   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Lake   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Franzen   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elderon   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bevent   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elderon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guenther   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reid   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hatley   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knowlton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Norrie   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ringle   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Neshkoro   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Neshkoro   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crystal Lake   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shields   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mecan   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harris   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montello   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hortonia   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dale   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maple Creek   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hortonville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Deer Creek   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ellington   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shiocton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bovina   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lanark   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Amherst   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Amherst   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Amherst Junction   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nelsonville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alban   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Germania   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairbanks   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tigerton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pella   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morris   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wittenberg   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle Plaine   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Navarino   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Herman   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowler   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saxeville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Springwater   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saxeville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bloomfield   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wild Rose   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leon   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rose   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Morris   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Poysippi   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Oasis   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wautoma   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lohrville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 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   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rushford   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harbor Springs   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Omro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Omro   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nepeuskun   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Algoma   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Wazeecha   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Biron   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grand Rapids   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saratoga   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wisconsin Rapids   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Port Edwards   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 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 first turn to 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 - 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 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    
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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Waupaca ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Wisconsin

About Waupaca County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Waupaca:

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 beginning in 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 Waupaca

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waupaca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3547, Longitude: -89.0757     [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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