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West Lima, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for West Lima ...

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 Lima (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 an insight into their world.

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 Lima. 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 Lima ...

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 Lima.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Lima: W. Lima

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 and hospitals 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 Lima is located in Richland County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Richland County: Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Sauk & Vernon.

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

Richland     (The home county for West Lima)
  Bloom   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Bloom City   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Yuba   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Forest   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Viola   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Henrietta   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Marshall   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sylvan   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hub City   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rockbridge   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Westford   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Quincy - Historic   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Quincy   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dell Prairie   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Springville   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wisconsin Dells   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Soldiers Grove   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bell Center   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gays Mills   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Scott   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Utica   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Haney   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Marietta   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Freeman   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Seneca   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Steuben   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ferryville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blue River   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Muscoda   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Muscoda   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Watterstown   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boscobel   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Castle Rock   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marion   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Woodman   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fennimore   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wingville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Avoca   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clyde   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Highland   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Highland   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eden   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Arena   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union Center   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wonewoc   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wonewoc   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Elroy   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Plymouth   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Summit   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fountain   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lindina   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hustler   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Seven Mile Creek   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Camp Douglas   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mauston   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
La Crosse
  Washington   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rockland   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Barre   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burns   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Salem   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hamilton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Medary   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oil City   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sheldon   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Kendall   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Cashton   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Melvina   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Portland   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ironton   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lime Ridge   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  La Valle   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  La Valle   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Washington   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Loganville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Reedsburg   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bear Creek   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Reedsburg   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Westfield   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Stark   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  La Farge   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  White City   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Forest   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Whitestown   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Webster   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kickapoo   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Allamakee (IA)
  Lansing (IA)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Albin (IA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harpers Ferry (IA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Houston (MN)
  Brownsville (MN)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near West Lima ...

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

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Lima covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Newburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Czechs National Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E East Pine River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bender Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ash Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bloom City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodstock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jug Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lawton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Viola Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fancy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Patrick Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shreve Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bohemian Brotherhood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Revels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Debello Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forest - Burr Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE English Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Soules Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in West Lima ...

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 80 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Lima.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Lima, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Lima.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that West Lima had a population of 182 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Bloom City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Lima
 - Bloom City had a post office and no railroad service
Yuba   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from West Lima
 - 1895 population of 129 people (with 69 people in 2017)
 - Yuba had railroad service and no post office
La Farge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Lima
 - La Farge had a post office and no railroad service
Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from West Lima
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Viola   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Lima
 - 1895 population of 135 people (with 676 people in 2017)
 - Viola had a post office and no railroad service
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Lima
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Woodstock had a post office and no railroad service
Henrietta - Historic   [Map]
 - While Henrietta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Lima
 - 1895 population of 197 people
 - Henrietta had a post office and no railroad service
Rockton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Lima
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Rockton had a post office and no railroad service
Sabin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Lima
 - Sabin 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 Lima. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Lima in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Lima:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Richland County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's



Columbia County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Juneau County:     Cyndi's



La Crosse County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Sauk County:     Cyndi's



Vernon County:     Cyndi's



Allamakee County (IA):     Cyndi's



Houston County (MN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Lima ...

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

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 Lima:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Lima. See our Misc Page for West Lima for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Wisconsin Community

About Richland County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Richland County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Lima. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5464, Longitude: -90.5304     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Lima 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 Lima, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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