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Our Genealogical Helper for Westford ...

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 Westford (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 Westford. 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.

Newspapers Published in Westford ...

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 105 newspapers that have been published in the area around Westford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Westford, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Westford.

Cemeteries Near Westford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Westford.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE English Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wanderers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Calamus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Courtland Methodist Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE First Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beaver Dam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Randolph Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leipsig Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Trenton Center Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Stephen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fall River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Cambria Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lk. Emily Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fountain Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Blaen Y Cae Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clason Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hyland Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Randolph Center Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grove Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kelley 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>

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

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

Lost Lake   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Westford
 - Lost Lake had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fox Lake Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Westford
 - Fox Lake Junction had railroad service and no post office
 
Beaver Dam   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 4,222 people (with 16,476 people in 2016)
 - Beaver Dam had a post office and railroad service
 
Fox Lake   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 814 people (with 1,469 people in 2016)
 - Fox Lake had a post office and railroad service
 
Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 405 people (with 1,767 people in 2016)
 - Randolph had a post office and railroad service
 
Fall River   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 291 people (with 1,686 people in 2016)
 - Fall River had a post office and railroad service
 
Cambria   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 524 people (with 756 people in 2016)
 - Cambria had a post office and railroad service
 
Rolling Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 103 people
 - Rolling Prairie had a post office and railroad service

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

Westford is located in Dodge County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dodge County: Columbia, Dane, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Washington & Waukesha.

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

  DirectionDistance
Dodge     (The home county for Westford)
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Fox Lake   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Calamus   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Fox Lake   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burnett   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chester   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Adams
      New Haven   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Columbia
      Courtland   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Fountain Prairie   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fall River   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Friesland   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cambria   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Doylestown   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Springvale   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Otsego   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Scott   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rio   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Dane
      York   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Medina   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morrisonville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sun Prairie   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sun Prairie   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Windsor   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      DeForest   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsor   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burke   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burke   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Fond du Lac
      Alto   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairwater   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Brandon   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Metomen   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakfield   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Springvale   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakfield   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ripon   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lamartine   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rosendale   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ripon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Byron   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rosendale   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Green Lake
      Mackford   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Markesan   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Green Lake   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Marquette   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marquette   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Green Lake   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Marie   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Jefferson
      Waterloo   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Milford   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Johnson Creek   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aztalan   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Marquette
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mecan   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montello   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen Oak   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Montello   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Endeavor   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Packwaukee   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shields   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Neshkoro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crystal Lake   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Sauk
      Merrimac   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Merrimac   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baraboo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington
      Wayne   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Erin   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kewaskum   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Polk   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Waukesha
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oconomowoc   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Okauchee Lake   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oconomowoc Lake   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chenequa   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nashotah   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Delafield   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dousman   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Waushara
      Aurora   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Warren   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lohrville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Redgranite   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dakota   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Winnebago
      Nepeuskun   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Utica   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nekimi   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rushford   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Wolf   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Wolf   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Omro   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Omro   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Algoma   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Westford:

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 Dodge County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fond du Lac County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Green Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sauk 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    
Waushara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winnebago County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Communities in Wisconsin

About Dodge County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dodge County: www.co.dodge.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 'straight-line' distance beginning in Westford. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Westford) 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 Westford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Westford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4880, Longitude: -88.9404     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westford 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 Westford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Westford.