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Our Genealogical Helper for West Prairie ...

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 Prairie (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 Prairie. 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 Prairie ...

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 Prairie.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Prairie: W. Prairie

Newspapers Published in West Prairie ...

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 94 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Prairie.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Prairie, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Prairie.

Cemeteries Near West Prairie ...

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

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Fargo Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Walnut Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rush Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Eitsert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Belgium Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lawrence Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haukley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Towerville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Ferryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Utica Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kickapoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brookville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW German Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Hooverson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE County Farm 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 in 1895, West Prairie had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Retreat   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Retreat had a post office and no railroad service
 
Purdy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Purdy had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fargo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Prairie
 - Fargo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rising Sun   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Rising Sun had a post office and no railroad service
 
Liberty Pole   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 79 people
 - Liberty Pole had a post office and no railroad service
 
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 690 people in 2016)
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
 
Red Mound   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from West Prairie
 - Red Mound had a post office and no railroad service
 
Towerville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Prairie
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Towerville 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 Prairie. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Prairie 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 and hospitals 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 Prairie is located in Vernon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Vernon County: Allamakee (IA), Houston (MN), Crawford, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland & Sauk.

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

  DirectionDistance
Vernon     (The home county for West Prairie)
      Sterling   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Franklin   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Viroqua   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Viroqua   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kickapoo   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Readstown   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chaseburg   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Crawford
      Freeman   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ferryville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Utica   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      De Soto   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mount Sterling   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Soldiers Grove   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gays Mills   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bell Center   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Haney   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eastman   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Grant
      Boscobel   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boscobel   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Woodman   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Woodman   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue River   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Watterstown   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hickory Grove   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Iowa
      Avoca   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pulaski   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Juneau
      Union Center   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
La Crosse
      Greenfield   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Washington   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Joseph   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barre   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Medary   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      La Crosse   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Salem   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      French Island   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Monroe
      Portland   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cashton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Melvina   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sheldon   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oil City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wells   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Norwalk   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sparta   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Richland
      Viola   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Forest   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sylvan   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Akan   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bloom   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Westport   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bloom City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Sauk
      Woodland   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Allamakee (IA)
      Lansing (IA)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      New Albin (IA)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harpers Ferry (IA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waterville (IA)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dorchester (IA)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waukon (IA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Postville (IA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clayton (IA)
      Marquette (IA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McGregor (IA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Monona (IA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Luana (IA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clayton (IA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farmersburg (IA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Winneshiek (IA)
      Highlandville (IA)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hesper (IA)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decorah (IA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Castalia (IA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Fillmore (MN)
      Mabel (MN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Houston (MN)
      Brownsville (MN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eitzen (MN)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Caledonia (MN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hokah (MN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      La Crescent (MN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Houston (MN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Winona (MN)
      Dakota (MN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Prairie:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //www.wisconsinhistory.org/

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 Vernon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Iowa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
La Crosse County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Richland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sauk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allamakee County (IA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clayton County (IA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winneshiek County (IA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fillmore County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winona County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Vernon County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Vernon 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 ...
      Iowa
      Minnesota

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Prairie ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Visit our Community Index for Wisconsin

About Vernon County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Wisconsin: www.wisconsin.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Prairie. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4666, Longitude: -91.0226     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Prairie 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 Prairie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Prairie.