RoadsideThoughts
A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Community
Index
State
Index
Province
Index
County
Index
State
Quarters
 
Sitemap
     
 

Town of West Sweden, Wisconsin

Community
Profile
Nearby Census Genealogy
Helper
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Trivia
Local
Newspapers
TripAdvisor
Links
Interactive
Map
Wish
List
Other WI
Communities

 
 
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
Wisconsin
 
The Commemorative Quarter for Wisconsin

Our Genealogical Helper for West Sweden ...

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 Sweden (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 Sweden. 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 Sweden ...

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 Sweden.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Sweden: W. Sweden

Newspapers Published in West Sweden ...

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 84 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Sweden.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Sweden, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Sweden.

Cemeteries Near West Sweden ...

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

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mud Hen Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Haustrup Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wood Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Anscarius Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Freya Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Karlsborg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wood River Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Olaf 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 Sweden had a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, West Sweden had a population of 694 people.

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

Trade Lake   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from West Sweden
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Trade Lake had a post office and no railroad service
 
West Denmark   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Sweden
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - West Denmark had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clam Falls   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from West Sweden
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Clam Falls had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cushing   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Sweden
 - Cushing had a post office and no railroad service
 
Grantsburg   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Sweden
 - 1895 population of 410 people (with 1,293 people in 2017)
 - Grantsburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Sweden
 - Wolf Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Balsam Lake   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from West Sweden
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 981 people in 2017)
 - Balsam Lake had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bunyan   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Sweden
 - Bunyan had a post office and no railroad service
 
Randall   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West (W) from West Sweden
 - Randall 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 Sweden. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Sweden 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Sweden is located in Polk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Polk County: Chisago (MN), Washington (MN), Barron, Burnett, Dunn & Saint Croix.

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

  DirectionDistance
Polk     (The home county for West Sweden)
      Frederic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Clam Falls   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Luck   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Luck   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bone Lake   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Laketown   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lorain   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McKinley   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eureka   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Balsam Lake   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Barron
      Maple Plain   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crystal Lake   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cumberland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lakeland   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Almena   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cumberland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Almena   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bear Lake   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twin Town   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stanfold   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Burnett
      Daniels   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Trade Lake   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Siren   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Siren   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wood River   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grantsburg   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      La Follette   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meenon   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grantsburg   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Webster   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Marshland   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Dunn
      New Haven   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Croix
      Star Prairie   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cylon   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Star Prairie   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Forest   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Richmond   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Somerset   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Somerset   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Washburn
      Barronett   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bashaw   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shell Lake   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sarona   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spooner   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Casey   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beaver Brook   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spooner   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chicog   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trego   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Long Lake   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Madge   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Chisago (MN)
      Almelund (MN)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Taylors Falls (MN)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rush City (MN)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Shafer (MN)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harris (MN)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Center City (MN)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      North Branch (MN)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Branch (MN)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lindstrom (MN)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chisago City (MN)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stacy (MN)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wyoming (MN)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Isanti (MN)
      Braham (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stanchfield (MN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grandy (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Minnesota Boys Town (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cambridge (MN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Isanti (MN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Kanabec (MN)
      Grasston (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Quamba (MN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coin (MN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pine (MN)
      Rock Creek (MN)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cloverdale (MN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine City (MN)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beroun (MN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hinckley (MN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cloverton (MN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Henriette (MN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brook Park (MN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sandstone (MN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Askov (MN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Washington (MN)
      Scandia (MN)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marine-on-Saint-Croix (MN)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Forest Lake (MN)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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, 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 Sweden:

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 Polk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Burnett County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Croix County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washburn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chisago County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Isanti County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanabec County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pine County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Sweden ...

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

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 Sweden:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
We have found West Sweden in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for West Sweden for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Sweden.
      See our Misc Page for West Sweden for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Wisconsin Community

About Polk County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.wi.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Sweden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.6880, Longitude: -92.4702     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Sweden have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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 Sweden, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation



 
 
 

Community
Profile
Nearby
 
Census
 
Genealogy
Helper
Tidbits &
Trivia
Local
Newspapers
Interactive
Map
Wish
List
Summarized
 
Misc
 
Other   WI
Communities
 
 
 

Home
Page
Sitemap Privacy
Statement
Terms
of Use
Feedback

 
 

Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

Copyright 2016
All Rights Reserved
This page was last modified: 15 Sep 2018
By John Hall