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Our Genealogical Helper for West Kraft ...

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 Kraft (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 Kraft. 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 Kraft ...

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 Kraft.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Kraft: W. Kraft

Newspapers Published in West Kraft ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Kraft.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Kraft, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Kraft.

Cemeteries Near West Kraft ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Prairie Rapids Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NE Woodboro Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  SE Luther Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Somo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SE Gleason Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  SE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Finnish Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest 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>

While we didn't find West Kraft in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Kraft.

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

Gilbert   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Kraft
 - Gilbert had railroad service and no post office
Tomahawk   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Kraft
 - 1895 population of 1,816 people (with 3,178 people in 2017)
 - Tomahawk had a post office and railroad service
Bradley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from West Kraft
 - Bradley had railroad service and no post office
Irma   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Kraft
 - Irma had a post office and railroad service
Heafford Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Kraft
 - Heafford Junction had railroad service and no post office
Manson - Historic   [Map]
 - While Manson was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Kraft
 - Manson had railroad service and no post office
McCord   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Kraft
 - McCord had railroad service and no post office
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from West Kraft
 - 1895 population of 430 people (with 805 people in 2017)
 - Harrison 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 Kraft. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Kraft 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 southwest 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 south.

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 south 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 Kraft is located in Lincoln County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Price & Taylor.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for West Kraft)
      Bradley   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Jersey City   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tomahawk   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Skanawan   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      King   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tomahawk   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock Falls   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Birch   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Somo   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harding   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crandon   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nashville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vilas   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Elcho   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Upham   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Peck   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ackley   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Neva   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Antigo   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Antigo   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ainsworth   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rolling   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Price   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Emmerich   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berlin   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hamburg   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maine   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Texas   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Halsey   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brokaw   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hewitt   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bern   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rib Falls   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stettin   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Poniatowski   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nokomis   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Woodboro   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Little Rice   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crescent   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lynne   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cassian   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Newbold   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rhinelander   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hazelhurst   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelican   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake Tomahawk   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Lake   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spirit   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Knox   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hill   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Prentice   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Emery   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hackett   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Prentice   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ogema   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Worcester   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phillips   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fifield   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Catawba   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aniwa   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rib Lake   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rib Lake   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodrich   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Browning   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deer Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Medford   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westboro   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Medford   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stetsonville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Molitor   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Little Black   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arbor Vitae   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lac du Flambeau   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lac du Flambeau   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Germain   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cloverland   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eagle River   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Kraft:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Forest County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Langlade County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marathon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oneida County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Price County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shawano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vilas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wisconsin

About Lincoln County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lincoln County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in West Kraft. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Kraft) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Kraft. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.4464, Longitude: -89.7493     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Kraft 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 Kraft, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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