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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 the area of 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 72 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Bend.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of West Bend. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of West Bend and those printed in the larger area surrounding West Bend.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of 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 &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Old St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Newark Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Maxon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Last Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Diefenbach's Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kewaskum Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Albright EUB Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Old St. Peter Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Augustine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. John of God Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Buffalo - Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW St. John UCC Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Gage Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Erler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cedar Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Finbars Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Waubeka Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rauch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Mathias 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that West Bend had a population of 1,296 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, West Bend had a population of 31,596 people.

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

Young America   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Young America had a post office and no railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
Myra   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Myra had a post office and no railroad service
Aurora   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Cedar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Kewaskum   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 557 people (with 1,086 people in 2017)
 - Kewaskum had a post office and railroad service
Mayfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 106 people
 - Mayfield had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 368 people (with 1,227 people in 2017)
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Michaels   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from West Bend
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Saint Michaels had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Bend
 - Cedar Lake had railroad service and no post office

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 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 and is the County Seat.

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:

Washington     (The home county for West Bend)
      Barton   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kewaskum   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Polk   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boltonville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fillmore   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Holstein   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Holstein   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brothertown   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Herman   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Huilsburg   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lomira   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Iron Ridge   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lomira   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Mayville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brownsville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hubbard   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
Fond du Lac
      Kewaskum   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Fane   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Campbellsport   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Osceola   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eden   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eden   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Graham Corners   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Byron   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Forest   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakfield   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Johnson Creek   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rome   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kiel   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millhome   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Schleswig   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Louis Corners   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meeme   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      School Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Steinthal   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brown Deer   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bayside   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      River Hills   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fox Point   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Whitefish Bay   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Milwaukee   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shorewood   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hales Corners   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ulao   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mequon   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scott   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Random Lake   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mitchell   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adell   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cascade   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holland   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lima   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Oostburg   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenbush   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lannon   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lisbon   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Menomonee Falls   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sussex   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Merton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Merton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Butler   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chenequa   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Okauchee Lake   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Wolf   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Black Wolf   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nekimi   [Map]   NW   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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Bend:

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 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    
Dodge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fond du Lac County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
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     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Bend ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for 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:

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 starts in West Bend. A straight line distance ignores things 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, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for West Bend. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from 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: 43.4228, Longitude: -88.1843     [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:

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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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