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Our Genealogical Helper for West Salem ...

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 Salem (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 Salem. 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 Salem ...

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 Salem.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Salem: W. Salem

Newspapers Published in the area of West Salem ...

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 164 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Salem.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of West Salem. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of West Salem and those printed in the larger area surrounding West Salem.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> of West Salem.

Cemeteries Near West Salem ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Neshonoc Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Gate of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Wet Coulee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Onalaska City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Farmington Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Welsh Congregational Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Welsh Calvanistic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Halfway Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kienholz Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mormon Coulee Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE North Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Long Coulee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Black Oak 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that West Salem had a population of 542 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, West Salem had a population of 5,026 people.

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

Barre Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Salem
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Barre Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Burns   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Salem
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Burns had a post office and no railroad service
Onalaska   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from West Salem
 - 1895 population of 1,587 people (with 18,712 people in 2017)
 - Onalaska had a post office and railroad service
Medary   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Salem
 - Medary had railroad service and no post office
Grand Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Salem
 - Grand Crossing had railroad service and no post office
Saint Joseph   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Salem
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Saint Joseph had a post office and no railroad service
Rockland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from West Salem
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 647 people in 2017)
 - Rockland had a post office and railroad service
Mindoro   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from West Salem
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Mindoro had a post office and no railroad service
North La Crosse   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Salem
 - North La Crosse had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around West Salem. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Salem 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 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 Salem is located in La Crosse County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of La Crosse County: Houston (MN), Winona (MN), Jackson, Monroe, Trempealeau & Vernon.

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

La Crosse     (The home county for West Salem)
      Hamilton   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Bangor   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Barre   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Medary   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burns   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rockland   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Joseph   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      French Island   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cross   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fountain City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waumandee   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lynxville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      De Soto   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Freeman   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Utica   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ferryville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Soldiers Grove   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Melrose   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      North Bend   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Melrose   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Irving   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Albion   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black River Falls   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millston   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brockway   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Curran   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Douglas   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hustler   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leon   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sparta   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sparta   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Portland   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Melvina   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Angelo   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wells   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Little Falls   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cashton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Lyme   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Viola   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Forest   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bloom   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sylvan   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gale   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Galesville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Trempealeau   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ettrick   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trempealeau   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wrights Corners   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dodge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blair   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Preston   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coon Valley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hamburg   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chaseburg   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coon   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bergen   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stoddard   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Christiana   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Westby   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Genoa   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
Allamakee (IA)
      New Albin (IA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dorchester (IA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lansing (IA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fillmore (MN)
      Rushford (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rushford Village (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson (MN)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Houston (MN)
      La Crescent (MN)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brownsville (MN)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hokah (MN)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Houston (MN)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Caledonia (MN)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eitzen (MN)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Grove (MN)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Winona (MN)
      Dakota (MN)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Homer (MN)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Winona (MN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodview (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Minnesota City (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stockton (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lewiston (MN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rollingstone (MN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Salem:

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 La Crosse County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Buffalo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau 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    
Trempealeau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vernon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allamakee 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 La Crosse County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of La Crosse 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 Salem ...

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

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 Salem:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found West Salem in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for West Salem for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Salem.
      See our Misc Page for West Salem for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Wisconsin

About La Crosse County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for West Salem:

The official website for La Crosse 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 from West Salem. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Salem) 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 Salem. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West Salem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Salem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.8986, Longitude: -91.0818     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Salem 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 Salem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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