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Our Genealogical Helper for West Bend ...

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 Bend (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 Bend. 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 Bend ...

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 Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Bend: W. Bend

Newspapers Published in West Bend ...

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 79 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Bend, 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 West Bend.

Cemeteries Near West Bend ...

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

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Diefenbach's Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maxon Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Old St. Peter Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Last Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newark Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW St. Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW St. John UCC Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Albright EUB Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Kewaskum Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Erler Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Cedar Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reform Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW St. Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Jacobi Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Augustine Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Buffalo - Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE St. John of God Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Union 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 West Bend in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Bend.

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

Cedar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Cedar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
West Bend   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 1,296 people (with 31,702 people in 2016)
 - West Bend had a post office and railroad service
 
Cedar Lake   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Bend
 - Cedar Lake had railroad service and no post office
 
Mayfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 106 people
 - Mayfield had a post office and no railroad service
 
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
 
Young America   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Young America had a post office and no railroad service
 
Aurora   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
 
Saint Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 132 people
 - Saint Lawrence 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 Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Bend 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 doctors and 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 Bend is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan & Waukesha.

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

  DirectionDistance
Washington     (The home county for West Bend)
      West Bend   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Barton   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Polk   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kewaskum   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
 
Calumet
      New Holstein   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Holstein   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brothertown   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Columbia
      Columbus   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fall River   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dodge
      Herman   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Huilsburg   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Iron Ridge   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lomira   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mayville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hubbard   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
 
Fond du Lac
      Kewaskum   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Fane   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbellsport   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Osceola   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Eden   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eden   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Byron   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Graham Corners   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Forest   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Green Lake
      Mackford   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jefferson
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnson Creek   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Manitowoc
      Millhome   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kiel   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Louis Corners   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Schleswig   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Milwaukee
      Brown Deer   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      River Hills   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bayside   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fox Point   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whitefish Bay   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Milwaukee   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shorewood   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Ozaukee
      Cedarburg   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ulao   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mequon   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Racine
      Caldwell   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kneeland   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Sheboygan
      Scott   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Random Lake   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mitchell   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Adell   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cascade   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Holland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lima   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oostburg   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Walworth
      Lake Beulah   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Waukesha
      Lisbon   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lannon   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Menomonee Falls   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sussex   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Chenequa   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Okauchee Lake   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Winnebago
      Black Wolf   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Black Wolf   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Bend:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //www.wisconsinhistory.org/

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calumet County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia 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    
Green Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Manitowoc County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Milwaukee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ozaukee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Racine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sheboygan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walworth County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waukesha 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 Washington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Washington 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 ...



Find a Community in Wisconsin

About Washington County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County: www.co.washington.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: www.wisconsin.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in West Bend. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Bend) 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 Bend. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of West Bend

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.3958, Longitude: -88.2320     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Bend 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: findagrave.com.

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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 West Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Bend.