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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 the area of 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.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Whitewater. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Whitewater and those printed in the larger area surrounding Whitewater.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> of 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 &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Lima Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Utters Corners Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Heart Prairie Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Heart Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Skoponong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Munroe Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Millard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Round Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McLery Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW North Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cushman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnstown Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Otter Creek 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 Whitewater had a population of 4,359 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Whitewater had a population of 14,517 people.

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

Cold Spring   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Cold Spring had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lima Center   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 229 people
 - Lima Center had a post office and railroad service
 
Lima   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Whitewater
 - Lima had railroad service and no post office
 
Heart Prairie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Heart Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hebron   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Hebron had a post office and no railroad service
 
La Grange   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 2,479 people in 2016)
 - La Grange had a post office and no railroad service
 
Richmond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 110 people (with 1,896 people in 2016)
 - Richmond had a post office and no railroad service
 
Millard   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Millard had a post office and no railroad service
 
Palmyra   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 567 people (with 1,770 people in 2016)
 - Palmyra had a post office and railroad service
 
Fort Atkinson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 2,283 people (with 12,541 people in 2016)
 - Fort Atkinson had a post office and railroad service
 
Johnstown   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whitewater
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Johnstown 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 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.

Whitewater is primarily located in Walworth County. A portion of Whitewater extends into Jefferson 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:

  DirectionDistance
Walworth     (The home county for Whitewater)
      Whitewater   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Richmond   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sugar Creek   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Darien   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Delavan   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Darien   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Delavan   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Columbia
      Columbus   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hampden   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dane
      Rockdale   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albion   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cambridge   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Christiana   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dunkirk   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Pleasant Springs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stoughton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Medina   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottage Grove   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Dodge
      Emmet   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shields   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Portland   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reeseville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clyman   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lowell   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Fond du Lac
      Waupun   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Green
      Brooklyn   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brodhead   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Albany   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Albany   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mineral Point   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Grove   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jefferson
      Cold Spring   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Koshkonong   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort Atkinson   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake Koshkonong   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rome   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Carcajou   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Kenosha
      Slades Corners   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Powers Lake   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Randall   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Twin Lakes   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Lake   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Paddock Lake   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Milwaukee
      Hales Corners   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greendale   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Racine
      Caldwell   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Browns Lake   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bohners Lake   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dover   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eagle Lake   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Rock
      Lima   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Johnstown Center   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Emerald Grove   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avalon   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edgerton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Washington
      Erin   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Waukesha
      Eagle   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eagleville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Dousman   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      North Prairie   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Boone (IL)
      Capron (IL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Caledonia (IL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Poplar Grove (IL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Russellville (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Timberlane (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garden Prairie (IL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belvidere (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lake (IL)
      Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fox Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
McHenry (IL)
      Harvard (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alden (IL)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hebron (IL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Richmond (IL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenwood (IL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Solon Mills (IL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wonder Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ringwood (IL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McCullom Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Johnsburg (IL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pistakee Highlands (IL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Winnebago (IL)
      South Beloit (IL)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rockton (IL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Roscoe (IL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argyle (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Machesney Park (IL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shirland (IL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loves Park (IL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sturbridge Village (IL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 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 start with 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 Whitewater:

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 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...
      Illinois

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whitewater ...

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

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

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The official website for Whitewater: www.ci.whitewater.wi.us/

The official website for Walworth County: www.co.walworth.wi.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from 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, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Whitewater. 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 Whitewater

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitewater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8317, Longitude: -88.7354     [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: findagrave.com.

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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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whitewater.