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Town of Whitewater, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogical Helper for Whitewater ...

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 Whitewater (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 Whitewater. 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 Whitewater ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whitewater.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whitewater, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whitewater.

Cemeteries Near Whitewater ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whitewater.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Heart Prairie Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Heart Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Utters Corners Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Millard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Skoponong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Lima Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Round Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sugar Creek Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW North Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnstown Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Hollister Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Westville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McLery Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Munroe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Potters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lakeview 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 Whitewater in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Whitewater.

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

Whitewater   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 4,359 people (with 14,540 people in 2017)
 - Whitewater had a post office and railroad service
Heart Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Heart Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Richmond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 110 people (with 1,895 people in 2017)
 - Richmond had a post office and no railroad service
La Grange   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 2,473 people in 2017)
 - La Grange had a post office and no railroad service
Millard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Millard had a post office and no railroad service
Lima   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Whitewater
 - Lima had railroad service and no post office
Lima Center   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 229 people
 - Lima Center had a post office and railroad service
Lauderdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whitewater
 - Lauderdale 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 Whitewater. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whitewater 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 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.

Whitewater is located in Walworth County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walworth County: Boone (IL), McHenry (IL), Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock & Waukesha.

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

Walworth     (The home county for Whitewater)
      Whitewater   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sugar Creek   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Delavan   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Darien   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Darien   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Delavan   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rockdale   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Albion   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cambridge   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Christiana   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunkirk   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pleasant Springs   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stoughton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottage Grove   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Medina   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shields   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Portland   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reeseville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fond du Lac
      Waupun   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Albany   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brodhead   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Albany   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mineral Point   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Grove   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cold Spring   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Koshkonong   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Atkinson   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rome   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake Koshkonong   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Carcajou   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slades Corners   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powers Lake   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Randall   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Twin Lakes   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Lake   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paddock Lake   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hales Corners   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greendale   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bohners Lake   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Browns Lake   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dover   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eagle Lake   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lima   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Johnstown Center   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Emerald Grove   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Avalon   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      La Prairie   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Janesville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Erin   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eagleville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      North Prairie   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dousman   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Boone (IL)
      Capron (IL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Caledonia (IL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Poplar Grove (IL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Russellville (IL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Timberlane (IL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garden Prairie (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belvidere (IL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lake (IL)
      Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fox Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Antioch (IL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fox Lake Hills (IL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ingleside (IL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Monaville (IL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McHenry (IL)
      Harvard (IL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alden (IL)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hebron (IL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Richmond (IL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenwood (IL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Solon Mills (IL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wonder Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ringwood (IL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Johnsburg (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McCullom Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pistakee Highlands (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Winnebago (IL)
      South Beloit (IL)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roscoe (IL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockton (IL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Argyle (IL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Machesney Park (IL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shirland (IL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loves Park (IL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sturbridge Village (IL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cherry Valley (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Durand (IL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 Whitewater:

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 Walworth County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dodge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fond du Lac County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Green County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kenosha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Milwaukee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Racine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rock 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    
Boone County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McHenry County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winnebago County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Visit our Community Index for Wisconsin

About Walworth County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walworth 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 that starts in Whitewater. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Whitewater) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Whitewater. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Whitewater

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitewater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.7972, Longitude: -88.7057     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whitewater 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 Whitewater, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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