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Our Genealogical Helper for White River ...

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 White River (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 White River. 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 White River ...

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 White River.

  • Typical abbreviation for White River: White Riv.

Newspapers Published in White River ...

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 83 newspapers that have been published in the area around White River.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of White River, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for White River.

Cemeteries Near White River ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of White River.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Moe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Agnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW B' Nai Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNE Odanah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SSE Cayuga Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  ENE Edgewood 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 White River in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of White River.

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

Marengo   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from White River
 - Marengo had a post office and railroad service
Sanborn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from White River
 - Sanborn had a post office and railroad service
White River   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from White River
 - White River had railroad service and no post office
High Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from White River
 - High Bridge had a post office and railroad service
Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from White River
 - 1895 population of 9,956 people (with 7,823 people in 2017)
 - Ashland had a post office and railroad service
Ashland Junction   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from White River
 - Ashland Junction had a post office and railroad service
Mason   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from White River
 - Mason had a post office and railroad service
Sedgwick   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from White River
 - Sedgwick had railroad service and no post office

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

White River is located in Ashland County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ashland County: Bayfield, Iron, Price & Sawyer.

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

Ashland     (The home county for White River)
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gingles   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Marengo   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sanborn   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mellen   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Morse   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tannery Town   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Odanah   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordon   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shanagolden   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      La Pointe   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Kelly   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eileen   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mason   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mason   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grand View   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Washburn   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barksdale   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pilsen   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Washburn   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Namakagon   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brule   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake Nebagamon   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gurney   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saxon   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Knight   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pence   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Montreal   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carey   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hurley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oma   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mercer   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Park Falls   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spider Lake   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Round Lake   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Seeley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Draper   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lenroot   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hunter   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hayward   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Post   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gogebic (MI)
      Hillcrest (MI)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ironwood (MI)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Yale (MI)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bessemer (MI)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ramsay (MI)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 White River:

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 Ashland County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bayfield County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Iron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Price County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sawyer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gogebic County (MI):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Wisconsin

About Ashland County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Ashland County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White River. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.4408, Longitude: -90.8485     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for White River 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 White River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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