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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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Our Genealogical Helper for Whitefish Bay ...

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 Whitefish Bay (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 Whitefish Bay. 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 the area of Whitefish Bay ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whitefish Bay.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Whitefish Bay. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Whitefish Bay and those printed in the larger area surrounding Whitefish Bay.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> of Whitefish Bay.

Cemeteries Near Whitefish Bay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whitefish Bay.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Glen Oaks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Green Tree Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Wanderers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wauwatosa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Trinity Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Valhalla Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Fairview Mausoleum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wood National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW West Granville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pinelawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mequon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Wisconsin Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SW Honey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Second Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Adalberts Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ever - Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Arlington Park 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Whitefish Bay had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Whitefish Bay had a population of 13,950 people.

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

Milwaukee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whitefish Bay
 - 1895 population of 204,468 people (with 595,351 people in 2017)
 - Milwaukee had a post office and railroad service
Brown Deer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whitefish Bay
 - Brown Deer had a post office and railroad service
West Granville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whitefish Bay
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - West Granville had a post office and no railroad service
Granville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whitefish Bay
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Granville had a post office and railroad service
Saint Francis   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Whitefish Bay
 - Saint Francis had a post office and railroad service
Thiensville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitefish Bay
 - 1895 population of 491 people (with 3,146 people in 2017)
 - Thiensville had a post office and railroad service
Mequon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitefish Bay
 - Mequon had a post office and no railroad service
Fussville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whitefish Bay
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Fussville had a post office and no railroad service
Elm Grove   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Whitefish Bay
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 6,170 people in 2017)
 - Elm Grove 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 Whitefish Bay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whitefish Bay 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 and hospitals 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.

Whitefish Bay is located in Milwaukee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Milwaukee County: Ozaukee, Racine, Washington & Waukesha.

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

Milwaukee     (The home county for Whitefish Bay)
      Glendale   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Shorewood   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Fox Point   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bayside   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      River Hills   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Milwaukee   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brown Deer   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Francis   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cudahy   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Huilsburg   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Herman   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iron Ridge   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hubbard   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fond du Lac
      Kewaskum   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Fane   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Campbellsport   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Concord   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rome   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helenville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Somers   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Somers   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paris   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kenosha   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Paddock Lake   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pleasant Prairie   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mequon   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ulao   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kneeland   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wind Point   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Franksville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      North Bay   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Norway   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Racine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Pleasant   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Random Lake   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holland   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scott   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adell   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oostburg   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cascade   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lima   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Beulah   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Voree - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bowers   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Polk   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Erin   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elm Grove   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brookfield   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Menomonee Falls   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lannon   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brookfield   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Berlin   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sussex   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lisbon   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Durham   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]

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

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 either 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 Whitefish Bay:

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 Milwaukee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dodge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fond du Lac County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kenosha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Ozaukee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Racine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sheboygan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walworth 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whitefish Bay ...

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

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 Whitefish Bay:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
We have found Whitefish Bay in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Whitefish Bay for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Whitefish Bay.
      See our Misc Page for Whitefish Bay for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Wisconsin

About Milwaukee County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Whitefish Bay:

The official website for Milwaukee 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 from Whitefish Bay. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whitefish Bay) 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 Whitefish Bay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Whitefish Bay

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitefish Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1125, Longitude: -87.9009     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whitefish Bay 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 Whitefish Bay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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