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Our Genealogical Helper for West Baraboo ...

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 Baraboo (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 West Baraboo. 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 Baraboo ...

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 Baraboo.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Baraboo: W. Baraboo

Newspapers Published in West Baraboo ...

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 112 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Baraboo.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Baraboo, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Baraboo.

Cemeteries Near West Baraboo ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walnut Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Rock Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Sumpter Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brewster Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zuch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Webster Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kerth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Butterfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Otter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Thoelke Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Camillus Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Caledonia German Methodist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Newport Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Dellona Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Indian Farm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Spring Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW East Narrows Prairie 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 West Baraboo in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Baraboo.

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

Baraboo   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Baraboo
 - 1895 population of 4,605 people (with 12,164 people in 2017)
 - Baraboo had a post office and railroad service
North Freedom   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Baraboo
 - 1895 population of 316 people (with 701 people in 2017)
 - North Freedom had a post office and railroad service
Delton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Baraboo
 - 1895 population of 205 people (with 2,438 people in 2017)
 - Delton had a post office and no railroad service
Denzer   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Baraboo
 - Denzer had a post office and no railroad service
West Point   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Baraboo
 - West Point had a post office and no railroad service
Okee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Baraboo
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Okee had a post office and railroad service
Reedsburg   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Baraboo
 - 1895 population of 1,737 people (with 9,487 people in 2017)
 - Reedsburg had a post office and railroad service
Loganville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from West Baraboo
 - 1895 population of 137 people (with 301 people in 2017)
 - Loganville 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 Baraboo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Baraboo 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.

West Baraboo is located in Sauk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sauk County: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Iowa, Juneau, Richland & Vernon.

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

Sauk     (The home county for West Baraboo)
      Baraboo   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Baraboo   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      North Freedom   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Delton   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sumpter   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Merrimac   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Freedom   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock Springs   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Delton   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Denzer   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dell Prairie   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Easton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Chester   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quincy   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Quincy - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adams   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adams   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Preston   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Durwards Glen - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newport   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wisconsin Dells   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake Wisconsin   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lewiston   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harmony Grove   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Portage   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dekorra   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pacific   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Roxbury   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mazomanie   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dane   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mazomanie   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dane   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Berry   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Earth   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Earth   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Morrisonville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cross Plains   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waunakee   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Green Lake
      Kingston   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marquette   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marquette   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arena   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arena   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hyde   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barneveld   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyde   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Ridge   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brigham   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Avoca   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodgeville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pulaski   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lyndon Station   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kildare   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Seven Mile Creek   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lemonweir   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wonewoc   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mauston   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lindina   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Union Center   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wonewoc   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elroy   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Endeavor   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Packwaukee   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen Oak   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Montello   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harris   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montello   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kendall   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clifton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cazenovia   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Westford   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Willow   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ithaca   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lone Rock   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hub City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Henrietta   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockbridge   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Richland   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richland Center   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Forest   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 West Baraboo:

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 Sauk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dodge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Green Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Iowa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Richland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vernon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waushara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Baraboo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4758, Longitude: -89.7682     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Baraboo 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 Baraboo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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