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Our Genealogical Helper for West Milwaukee ...

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 Milwaukee (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 Milwaukee. 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 Milwaukee ...

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 Milwaukee.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Milwaukee: W. Milwaukee

Newspapers Published in West Milwaukee ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Milwaukee.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Milwaukee, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Milwaukee.

Cemeteries Near West Milwaukee ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wood National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Mausoleum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Second Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Arlington Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Honey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Ever - Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lavise Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Adalberts Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Wanderers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wauwatosa Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Glen Oaks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pinelawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Highland Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Holy Apostles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Valhalla Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Wisconsin Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Mound Zion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Martin of Tours Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Agudas Achim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holy Sepulcher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Tree Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Berlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Forest Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW West Granville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Luther Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Independent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Dominics Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Hill 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.<3>

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

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

Milwaukee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from West Milwaukee
 - 1895 population of 204,468 people (with 595,351 people in 2017)
 - Milwaukee had a post office and railroad service
Saint Francis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Milwaukee
 - Saint Francis had a post office and railroad service
Hales Corners   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Milwaukee
 - 1895 population of 263 people (with 7,642 people in 2017)
 - Hales Corners had a post office and no railroad service
Elm Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Milwaukee
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 6,170 people in 2017)
 - Elm Grove had a post office and railroad service
Whitefish Bay   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Milwaukee
 - Whitefish Bay had a post office and railroad service
Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from West Milwaukee
 - Calhoun had a post office and railroad service
New Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Milwaukee
 - New Berlin had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Martins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Milwaukee
 - Saint Martins had a post office and no railroad service
South Milwaukee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Milwaukee
 - South Milwaukee had a post office and railroad service
Brookfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Milwaukee
 - 1895 population of 82 people (with 38,045 people in 2017)
 - Brookfield had a post office and railroad service
Tess Corners   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Milwaukee
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Tess Corners 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 Milwaukee. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Milwaukee 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 southeast 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 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 east 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 Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Milwaukee County: Ozaukee, Racine, Washington & Waukesha.

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

Milwaukee     (The home county for West Milwaukee)
      Milwaukee   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Greendale   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Francis   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Shorewood   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hales Corners   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Whitefish Bay   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cudahy   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      South Milwaukee   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Huilsburg   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Herman   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Iron Ridge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fond du Lac
      Kewaskum   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Fane   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Concord   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Concord   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rome   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helenville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Somers   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Somers   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Paris   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kenosha   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paddock Lake   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mequon   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ulao   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belgium   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kneeland   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Norway   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Franksville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wind Point   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      North Bay   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Pleasant   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Random Lake   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scott   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holland   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake Beulah   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Voree - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bowers   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lyons   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Erin   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Polk   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elm Grove   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brookfield   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Berlin   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brookfield   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Durham   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muskego   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Menomonee Falls   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lannon   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Waukesha   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Big Bend   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Waukesha   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
Lake (IL)
      Russell (IL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Antioch (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winthrop Harbor (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Zion (IL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beach Park (IL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Mill Creek (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wadsworth (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
McHenry (IL)
      Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Milwaukee:

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 Milwaukee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Kenosha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waukesha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McHenry County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Wisconsin

About Milwaukee County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for West Milwaukee:

The official website for Milwaukee County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Milwaukee. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0128, Longitude: -87.9701     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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