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Our Genealogical Helper for Willard ...

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 Willard (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 Willard. 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 Willard ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willard.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Willard, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Willard.

Cemeteries Near Willard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Willard.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holy Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Holcombe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Ladysmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Servants of Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  ESE Donald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bruce Protestant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Island Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mud Lake 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 Willard in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Willard.

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

Estella   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Willard
 - Estella had a post office and no railroad service
 
Huron   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Willard
 - Huron had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bloomer   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 631 people (with 1,081 people in 2017)
 - Bloomer had a post office and railroad service
 
Drywood   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Drywood had a post office and no railroad service
 
Eagleton   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 81 people
 - Eagleton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lehigh   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willard
 - Lehigh had a post office and railroad service
 
Eagle Point   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Willard
 - Eagle Point had a post office and railroad service
 
Perkinstown   [Map]
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Willard
 - Perkinstown 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 Willard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Willard 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Willard is located in Rusk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Rusk County: Barron, Chippewa, Price, Sawyer, Taylor & Washburn.

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

  DirectionDistance
Rusk     (The home county for Willard)
      Conrath   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Washington   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Marshall   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sheldon   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ladysmith   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grow   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thornapple   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bruce   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Big Bend   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flambeau   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stubbs   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Barron
      Chetek   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Dovre   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumner   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chetek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Doyle   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Lake   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prairie Lake   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sioux Creek   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stanley   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rice Lake   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rice Lake   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Chippewa
      Lake Holcombe   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Birch Creek   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ruby   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cornell   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Estella   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sampson   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Colburn   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bloomer   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Anson   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eagle Point   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Clark
      Thorp   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorp   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Withee   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Worden   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hixon   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reseburg   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Withee   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Butler   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Owen   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hoard   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Longwood   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mead   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dunn
      Sand Creek   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Otter Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgeland   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Eau Claire
      Ludington   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Seymour   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilson   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Seymour   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fall Creek   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eau Claire   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Price
      Kennan   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kennan   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Catawba   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Catawba   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ogema   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elk   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flambeau   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Sawyer
      Exeland   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Weirgor   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Meteor   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Radisson   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Radisson   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winter   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Couderay   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Couderay   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winter   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ojibwa   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Taylor
      McKinley   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pershing   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jump River   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jump River   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Gilman   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Polley   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hughey - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Taft   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ford   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grover   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Washburn
      Birchwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Birchwood   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Long Lake   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Willard:

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 Rusk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chippewa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Eau Claire 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    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washburn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Rusk County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Wisconsin Community

About Rusk County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Rusk County: www.ruskcounty.org/

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 Willard. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Willard) 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 Willard. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Willard

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.3283, Longitude: -91.1188     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willard 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 Willard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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