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Our Genealogical Helper for Westport ...

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 Westport (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 Westport. 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 Westport ...

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 211 newspapers that have been published in the area around Westport.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Westport, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Westport.

Cemeteries Near Westport ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Westport.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW St. John's Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Kingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Vienna Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW St. Bernards Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Matsen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kohlman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Evergreen Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Resurrection Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Onehundred Mile Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunset Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Hoepker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moravian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Roselawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Sun Prairie Memory Garden   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Roxbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE North Windsor 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>

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

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

Mendota   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 627 people
 - Mendota had a post office and railroad service
Waunakee   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 13,755 people in 2017)
 - Waunakee had a post office and railroad service
Pheasant Branch   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 105 people
 - Pheasant Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Darwin - Historic   [Map]
 - While Darwin was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Westport
 - Darwin had railroad service and no post office
Ashton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 107 people
 - Ashton had a post office and no railroad service
Middleton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 324 people (with 19,660 people in 2017)
 - Middleton had a post office and railroad service
Madison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 13,426 people (with 255,214 people in 2017)
 - Madison had a post office and railroad service
Windsor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 7,057 people in 2017)
 - Windsor had a post office and railroad service
Norway Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Norway Grove 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 Westport. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Westport 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Westport is located in Dane County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dane County: Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock & Sauk.

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

Dane     (The home county for Westport)
      Waunakee   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Maple Bluff   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ashton Corners   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Windsor   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Shorewood Hills   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Middleton   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Burke   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pilgrim Village   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burke   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dane   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dell Prairie   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harmony Grove   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Poynette   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hampden   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake Wisconsin   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dekorra   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lowville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Portland   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Astico   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Calamus   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reeseville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shields   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westford   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Dam   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Green Lake
      Kingston   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Manchester   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Exeter   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Glarus   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Glarus   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Monticello   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Albany   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mineral Point   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Pleasant   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albany   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Washington   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Adams   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arena   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barneveld   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arena   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brigham   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hyde   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moscow   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollandale   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Ridge   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waldwick   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodgeville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Ripley   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Mills   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakland   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Milford   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carcajou   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sumner   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aztalan   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Koshkonong   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Atkinson   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blanchardville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blanchard   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Argyle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Argyle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Endeavor   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen Oak   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lone Rock   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Porter   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edgerton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Center   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Footville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Janesville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orfordville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merrimac   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prairie du Sac village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sauk City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrimac   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prairie du Sac   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sumpter   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baraboo   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Denzer   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baraboo   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Honey Creek   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Baraboo   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 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 Westport:

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 Dane 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    
Dodge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Green Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Green County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Iowa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lafayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Richland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sauk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Dane County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Dane 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Wisconsin

About Dane County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dane County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westport. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1592, Longitude: -89.4260     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westport 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 Westport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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