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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 107 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 25 miles [40.2 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  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  S St. Bridget Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cazenovia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Big Willow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Norwegian Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Soules Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friendswood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oaks Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Loyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Patrick Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Rockbridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Karstetter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Resting Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simon Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Solchenberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Debello Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tuckertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Universal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shreve Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW East Pine River Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Neptune Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blakeslee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eiffmeyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hochmuth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bloom City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodstock Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Babb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Czechs National 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.

Cazenovia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 214 people (with 319 people in 2017)
 - Cazenovia had a post office and no railroad service
 
Valton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Valton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hub City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Westford
 - Hub City had a post office and no railroad service
 
Loyd   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Loyd had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lime Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 146 people (with 164 people in 2017)
 - Lime Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ironton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 256 people (with 253 people in 2017)
 - Ironton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rockbridge   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 66 people
 - Rockbridge had a post office and no railroad service
 
La Valle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 333 people (with 367 people in 2017)
 - La Valle had a post office and railroad service
 
Henrietta - Historic   [Map]
 - While Henrietta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Westford
 - 1895 population of 197 people
 - Henrietta had a post office and no railroad service
 
Buck Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Westford
 - Buck Creek 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 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Westford is located in Richland County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Richland County: Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Sauk & Vernon.

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
Richland     (The home county for Westford)
      Cazenovia   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Willow   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Hub City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Henrietta   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rockbridge   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Yuba   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bloom City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ithaca   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bloom   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Richland Center   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Adams
      Dell Prairie   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Quincy - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Quincy   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Easton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adams   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adams   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Chester   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Strongs Prairie   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Columbia
      Wisconsin Dells   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newport   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Durwards Glen - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Wisconsin   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lewiston   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harmony Grove   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Portage   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dekorra   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Crawford
      Clayton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Soldiers Grove   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scott   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bell Center   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gays Mills   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Utica   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haney   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marietta   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Sterling   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Steuben   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boydtown   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dane
      Mazomanie   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mazomanie   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black Earth   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roxbury   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Earth   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vermont   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Mounds   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dane   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cross Plains   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Grant
      Muscoda   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blue River   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Watterstown   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Castle Rock   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boscobel   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boscobel   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hickory Grove   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wingville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montfort   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodman   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Iowa
      Avoca   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pulaski   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clyde   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arena   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arena   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Highland   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Ridge   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hyde   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodgeville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eden   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Juneau
      Wonewoc   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Union Center   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wonewoc   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elroy   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Seven Mile Creek   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Plymouth   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lindina   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kildare   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lemonweir   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lyndon Station   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
La Crosse
      Washington   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marquette
      Douglas   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Monroe
      Glendale   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kendall   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oil City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clifton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sheldon   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Norwalk   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cashton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Sauk
      Ironton   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Ironton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Lime Ridge   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      La Valle   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      La Valle   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Washington   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Loganville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reedsburg   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reedsburg   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Vernon
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Forest   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stark   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      La Farge   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitestown   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ontario   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 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 start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites 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 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 Richland 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    
Crawford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dane 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    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sauk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vernon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community in Wisconsin

About Richland 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 Richland County: www.co.richland.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' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Westford. A straight line distance ignores things 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 for our own planning, 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: 43.5041, Longitude: -90.2473     [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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