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West Allis, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for West Allis ...

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 West Allis (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for West Allis. 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.

Name Variations for West Allis ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with West Allis.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Allis: W. Allis

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 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.

West Allis is located in Milwaukee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Milwaukee County: Ozaukee, Racine, Washington & Waukesha.

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

Milwaukee     (The home county for West Allis)
  West Milwaukee   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Wauwatosa   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Hales Corners   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Greendale   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Milwaukee   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Saint Francis   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Shorewood   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Whitefish Bay   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cudahy   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  South Milwaukee   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ashippun   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rubicon   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lebanon   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Neosho   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Huilsburg   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Herman   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hustisford   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Iron Ridge   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Emmet   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hustisford   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clyman   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Theresa   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fond du Lac
  Kewaskum   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Fane   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lac La Belle   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sullivan   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sullivan   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Concord   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Concord   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ixonia   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ixonia   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rome   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Helenville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Paris   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Somers   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Somers   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bristol   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kenosha   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Paddock Lake   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Salem   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bristol   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Salem   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mequon   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Thiensville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cedarburg   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cedarburg   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ulao   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Saukville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Port Washington   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saukville   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Port Washington   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kneeland   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Caledonia   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wind Lake   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Norway   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Caldwell   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Franksville   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dover   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  North Bay   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Random Lake   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Scott   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sherman   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lake Beulah   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Potter Lake   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  East Troy   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  East Troy   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Spring Prairie   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Troy   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Voree - Historic   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Spring Prairie   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Adams   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bowers   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lyons   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Erin   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Polk   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Slinger   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Trenton   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  West Bend   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Brookfield   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  New Berlin   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Butler   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Brookfield   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Durham   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Muskego   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Menomonee Falls   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Waukesha   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lannon   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pewaukee   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Waukesha   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Big Bend   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Lake (IL)
  Antioch (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Russell (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Winthrop Harbor (IL)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Zion (IL)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Beach Park (IL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Old Mill Creek (IL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fox Lake (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lake Villa (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lindenhurst (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wadsworth (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
McHenry (IL)
  Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Richmond (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Solon Mills (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near West Allis ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Allis.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 West Allis covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Honey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ever - Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Wood National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Fairview Mausoleum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Lavise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Second Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Highland Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Holy Apostles Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Arlington Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Wauwatosa Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mound Zion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Wisconsin Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Wanderers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Berlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Pinelawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW St. Martin of Tours Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valhalla Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glen Oaks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW St. Dominics Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Muskego Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Luther Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Tree Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Granville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Jones - Muckey School Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Agudas Achim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holy Sepulcher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Prairie Home Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of West Allis ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Allis.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of West Allis. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of West Allis and those printed in the larger area surrounding West Allis.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km] of West Allis.

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 West Allis in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Allis.

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

Hales Corners   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Allis
 - 1895 population of 263 people (with 7,642 people in 2017)
 - Hales Corners had a post office and no railroad service
Elm Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Allis
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 6,170 people in 2017)
 - Elm Grove had a post office and railroad service
Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from West Allis
 - Calhoun had a post office and railroad service
New Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Allis
 - New Berlin had a post office and no railroad service
Brookfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Allis
 - 1895 population of 82 people (with 38,045 people in 2017)
 - Brookfield had a post office and railroad service
Tess Corners   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Allis
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Tess Corners had a post office and no railroad service
Milwaukee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Allis
 - 1895 population of 204,468 people (with 595,351 people in 2017)
 - Milwaukee had a post office and railroad service
Prospect   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Allis
 - 1895 population of 173 people
 - Prospect 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 West Allis. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Allis in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 West Allis:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Milwaukee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Fond du Lac County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Kenosha County:     Cyndi's



Ozaukee County:     Cyndi's



Racine County:     Cyndi's



Sheboygan County:     Cyndi's



Walworth County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Waukesha County:     Cyndi's



Lake County (IL):     Cyndi's



McHenry County (IL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Find a Community within Wisconsin

About Milwaukee County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for West Allis:

The official website for Milwaukee 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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- West Allis) 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 West Allis. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West Allis

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Allis. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0072, Longitude: -88.0301     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Allis 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 West Allis, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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