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Our Genealogical Helper for Wausau ...

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 Wausau (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 Wausau. 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 Wausau ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wausau.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Wausau. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Wausau and those printed in the larger area surrounding Wausau.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> of Wausau.

Cemeteries Near Wausau ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wausau.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Mechanic Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Town Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Gate of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rib View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chiber Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dreieinigkeit Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Jehn 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Wausau had a population of 9,253 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Wausau had a population of 38,739 people.

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

Wausau Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wausau
 - Wausau Junction had railroad service and no post office
Schofield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wausau
 - Schofield had a post office and railroad service
Nutterville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wausau
 - Nutterville had a post office and no railroad service
Taegesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wausau
 - Taegesville had a post office and no railroad service
Callon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wausau
 - Callon had railroad service and no post office
Stettin - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stettin was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Wausau
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Stettin had a post office and no railroad service
Naugart   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wausau
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Naugart had a post office and no railroad service
Ringle   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wausau
 - Ringle 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 Wausau. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wausau 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Wausau is located in Marathon County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marathon County: Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Portage, Shawano, Taylor, Waupaca & Wood.

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

Marathon     (The home county for Wausau)
      Schofield   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rib Mountain   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wausau   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brokaw   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rib Mountain   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rothschild   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Maine   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stettin   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kronenwetter   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Marathon   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abbotsford   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colby   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dorchester   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mayville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Colby   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Unity   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Curtiss   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ackley   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vilas   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rolling   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Antigo   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peck   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Antigo   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Norwood   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Neva   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Polar   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upham   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elcho   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scott   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Merrill   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine River   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dutch Corners - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Merrill   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Schley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Falls   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corning   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harding   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Birch   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Russell   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Skanawan   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Zoar   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Neopit   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dewey   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eau Pleine   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Sharon   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Junction City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hull   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carson   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ellis   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alban   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rosholt   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Polonia   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park Ridge   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stevens Point   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Linwood   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spirit   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aniwa   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Birnamwood   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Aniwa   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Birnamwood   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wittenberg   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Germania   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hutchins   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mattoon   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Almon   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morris   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tigerton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bowler   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodrich   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Browning   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deer Creek   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stetsonville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rib Lake   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rib Lake   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Little Black   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Medford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Medford   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Iola   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Falls   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Granite City - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Iola   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Milladore   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Milladore   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blenker   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Auburndale   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Auburndale   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sherry   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sherry   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hewitt   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marshfield   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arpin   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marshfield   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arpin   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 Wausau:

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 Marathon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Langlade County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Menominee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oneida County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Portage County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Price County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shawano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waupaca 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 Marathon 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 Wausau ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Wisconsin

About Marathon County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wausau:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wausau. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9616, Longitude: -89.6446     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wausau 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 Wausau, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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