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Our Genealogical Helper for West Denmark ...

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 Denmark (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 Denmark. 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 Denmark ...

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 Denmark.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Denmark: W. Denmark

Newspapers Published in West Denmark ...

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 78 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Denmark.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Denmark, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Denmark.

Cemeteries Near West Denmark ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Granum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haustrup Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Long Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW McAskill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Fristad Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Balsam Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Georgetown 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that West Denmark had a population of 20 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cushing   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from West Denmark
 - Cushing had a post office and no railroad service
Balsam Lake   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Denmark
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 981 people in 2017)
 - Balsam Lake had a post office and no railroad service
West Sweden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Denmark
 - West Sweden had a post office and no railroad service
Bunyan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Denmark
 - Bunyan had a post office and no railroad service
Trade Lake   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Denmark
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Trade Lake had a post office and no railroad service
Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from West Denmark
 - Wolf Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Croix Falls   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Denmark
 - 1895 population of 745 people (with 2,047 people in 2017)
 - Saint Croix Falls had a post office and railroad service
Apple River   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Denmark
 - Apple River had a post office and no railroad service
Taylors Falls (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Denmark
 - 1895 population of 567 people (with 1,018 people in 2017)
 - Taylors Falls 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 West Denmark. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Denmark 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Denmark is located in Polk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Chisago (MN), Washington (MN), Barron, Burnett, Dunn & Saint Croix.

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

Polk     (The home county for West Denmark)
      Luck   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Luck   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Laketown   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Frederic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eureka   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bone Lake   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Sweden   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Balsam Lake   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Centuria   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Balsam Lake   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Maple Plain   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crystal Lake   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Almena   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cumberland   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Almena   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cumberland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lakeland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twin Town   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vance Creek   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trade Lake   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wood River   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Siren   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Siren   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grantsburg   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grantsburg   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Randall   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      La Follette   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Roosevelt   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Meenon   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sheridan   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgeland   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tiffany   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Downing   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Croix
      Star Prairie   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Star Prairie   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cylon   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Richmond   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Forest   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Somerset   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Somerset   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erin Prairie   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Emerald   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barronett   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bashaw   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shell Lake   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sarona   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spooner   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver Brook   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Casey   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spooner   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Long Lake   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trego   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Madge   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Anoka (MN)
      City of Columbus (MN)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Bethel (MN)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerville (MN)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bethel (MN)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lino Lakes (MN)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ham Lake (MN)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chisago (MN)
      Taylors Falls (MN)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Almelund (MN)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shafer (MN)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Center City (MN)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lindstrom (MN)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chisago City (MN)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Branch (MN)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Branch (MN)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harris (MN)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rush City (MN)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Stacy (MN)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyoming (MN)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Isanti (MN)
      Minnesota Boys Town (MN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Braham (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grandy (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stanchfield (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cambridge (MN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Isanti (MN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Kanabec (MN)
      Grasston (MN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Quamba (MN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coin (MN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pine (MN)
      Rock Creek (MN)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine City (MN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beroun (MN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cloverdale (MN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Henriette (MN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hinckley (MN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brook Park (MN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (MN)
      Scandia (MN)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marine-on-Saint-Croix (MN)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Forest Lake (MN)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hugo (MN)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant (MN)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stillwater (MN)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dellwood (MN)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bayport (MN)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Park Heights (MN)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Denmark:

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 Polk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Burnett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Croix County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washburn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Anoka County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chisago County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Isanti County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanabec County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pine County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Polk County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Polk 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Denmark ...

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

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 Denmark:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Denmark.
      See our Misc Page for West Denmark for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Wisconsin

About Polk County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Denmark. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.5700, Longitude: -92.5096     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Denmark have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Denmark, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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