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Our Genealogical Helper for Wells ...

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 Wells (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 Wells. 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 Wells ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wells.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wells, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wells.

Cemeteries Near Wells ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wells.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Rantoul Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Friedens Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Rantoul Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Trinity Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Streckert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Brillion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rockland EUB Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE J.O. Tyler Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Zion Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. John - St. James Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Charlestown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hayton Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Martin Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. John - St. James Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Friedens UCC Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Eaton Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Valders Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Augustine Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Loreto Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE St. Gregory Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Our Saviors Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Grace Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Emmanuel Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Bethlehem UCC Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Old Clark Mills Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Cato Heights Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Kasson-Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW St. John Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Portland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Holstein Public Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ucker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Forest Home 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.<4>

While we didn't find Wells in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wells.

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

Potter   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wells
 - 1895 population of 118 people (with 242 people in 2017)
 - Potter had a post office and no railroad service
Brillion   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wells
 - 1895 population of 582 people (with 3,122 people in 2017)
 - Brillion had a post office and railroad service
Eaton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wells
 - 1895 population of 123 people (with 822 people in 2017)
 - Eaton had a post office and no railroad service
Gravesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wells
 - Gravesville had a post office and no railroad service
Hayton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wells
 - 1895 population of 367 people
 - Hayton had a post office and railroad service
Reedsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wells
 - 1895 population of 329 people (with 1,156 people in 2017)
 - Reedsville had a post office and railroad service
Hilbert   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wells
 - 1895 population of 327 people (with 1,089 people in 2017)
 - Hilbert had a post office and railroad service
Chilton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wells
 - 1895 population of 1,424 people (with 3,814 people in 2017)
 - Chilton 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 Wells. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wells 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 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 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.

Wells is primarily located in Calumet County. A portion of Wells extends into Manitowoc County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calumet County: Brown, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Sheboygan & Winnebago.

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

Calumet     (The home county for Wells)
      Rantoul   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Potter   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brillion   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Hilbert   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Charlestown   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hayton   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brillion   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chilton   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chilton   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Holstein   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      New Holstein   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Askeaton   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Holland   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Morrison   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Morrison   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wrightstown   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wrightstown   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glenmore   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rockland   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Denmark   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      New Denmark   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lawrence   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ledgeview   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bellevue   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brownsville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lomira   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lomira   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fond du Lac
      Calumetville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Calumet   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marshfield   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Cloud   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Calvary   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Linden Beach   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Taycheedah   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Forest   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Graham Corners   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fond du Lac   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      North Fond du Lac   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montpelier   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Kewaunee   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Luxemburg   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Luxemburg   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kewaunee   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Casco   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Casco   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red River   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rockland   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eaton   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maple Grove   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grimms   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cato   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clarks Mills   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Valders   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Steinthal   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Nazianz   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Buchanan   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kaukauna   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Combined Locks   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Little Chute   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Kaukauna   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vandenbroek   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Appleton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Freedom   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Freedom   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Grand Chute   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oneida   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Center   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maple Grove   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russell   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rhine   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elkhart Lake   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Herman   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glenbeulah   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howards Grove   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greenbush   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mosel   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Plymouth   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Plymouth   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sheboygan Falls   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sheboygan   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sheboygan Falls   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boltonville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New London   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Adella Beach   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Menasha   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Neenah   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Neenah   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Menasha   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oshkosh   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Wolf   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vinland   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oshkosh   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Wolf   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Algoma   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nekimi   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 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 Wells:

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 Calumet County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brown 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    
Kewaunee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Manitowoc County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Outagamie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shawano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sheboygan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waupaca County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winnebago County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calumet 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 begins in Wells. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wells) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wells. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0955, Longitude: -88.0434     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wells 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>UCC is an abbreviation for the United Church of Canada

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<4>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 Wells, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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