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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 94 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 25 miles [40.2 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 &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Sand Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Coumbe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Haskins Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blue River Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Tavera Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Newburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Haney Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Basswood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Five Points Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Pipal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whiteaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barnum Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Boydtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brechler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Mathews Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boaz Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bell Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crow Hollow 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, Westport had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Blue River   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 36 people (with 417 people in 2016)
 - Blue River had a post office and railroad service
 
Excelsior   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 167 people
 - Excelsior had a post office and no railroad service
 
Byrds Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Westport
 - Byrds Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Boscobel   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 1,570 people (with 3,150 people in 2016)
 - Boscobel had a post office and railroad service
 
Homer   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Westport
 - Homer had a post office and no railroad service
 
Basswood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Basswood had a post office and no railroad service
 
Five Points   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Westport
 - Five Points had a post office and no railroad service
 
Balmoral   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Westport
 - Balmoral 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Richland     (The home county for Westport)
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Akan   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sylvan   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Richland Center   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Richland   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Forest   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rockbridge   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Crawford
      Scott   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Marietta   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Boydtown   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Haney   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bell Center   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Steuben   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gays Mills   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Soldiers Grove   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wauzeka   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Sterling   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wauzeka   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Utica   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Grant
      Blue River   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Watterstown   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Boscobel   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Boscobel   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hickory Grove   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Castle Rock   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodman   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodman   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fennimore   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fennimore   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Iowa
      Pulaski   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Avoca   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Highland   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Highland   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clyde   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cobb   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mifflin   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Linden   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rewey   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dodgeville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Juneau
      Wonewoc   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union Center   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wonewoc   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Lafayette
      Belmont   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kendall   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elk Grove   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calamine   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Willow Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe
      Cashton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oil City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sheldon   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Portland   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Sauk
      Bear Creek   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spring Green   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Spring Green   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Plain   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lime Ridge   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ironton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ironton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loganville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      La Valle   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Vernon
      Readstown   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kickapoo   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      La Farge   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sterling   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stark   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Webster   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Viroqua   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Viroqua   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Allamakee (IA)
      Harpers Ferry (IA)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lansing (IA)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waterville (IA)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Albin (IA)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clayton (IA)
      McGregor (IA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marquette (IA)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clayton (IA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guttenberg (IA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garnavillo (IA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Buena Vista (IA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monona (IA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farmersburg (IA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 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 turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Westport:

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:

Crawford 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    
Lafayette 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    
Allamakee County (IA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clayton County (IA):       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 ...
      Illinois
      Iowa
      Minnesota

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Westport ...

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

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 Westport:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Westport.
      See our Misc Page for Westport for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Westport: www.townofwestport.org/

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' distance that begins in Westport. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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 for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Westport

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westport. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2050, Longitude: -90.6412     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westport 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 Westport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Westport.