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Willard, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy 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 an insight into their world.

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.

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 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 Clark County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clark County: Chippewa, Eau Claire, Jackson, Marathon, Taylor & Wood.

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:

Clark     (The home county for Willard)
  Hendren   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Eaton   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mead   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Warner   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Seif   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Butler   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Foster   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Loyal   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Loyal   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Reseburg   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Edson   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Stanley   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Boyd   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Delmar   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cadott   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sigel   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Goetz   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Colburn   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lake Wissota   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Anson   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hallie   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lynxville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Eau Claire
  Fairchild   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fairchild   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bridge Creek   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hay Creek   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ludington   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Otter Creek   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fall Creek   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clear Creek   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Washington   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Merrillan   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alma   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hatfield   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Alma Center   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Garden Valley   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Garfield   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Komensky   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Adams   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Northfield   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hixton   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hixton   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  York   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Unity   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Hull   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Eau Pleine   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McMillan   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Holton   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Frankfort   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Milan   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Stratford   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Johnson   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lublin   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Maplehurst   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Roosevelt   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Taft   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Holway   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ford   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Polley   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Little Black   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stetsonville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hammel   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Deer Creek   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Osseo   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pigeon Falls   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Unity   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hale   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pigeon   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Strum   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coral City   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Albion   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eleva   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blair   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lindsey   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bakerville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rock   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cameron   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Marshfield   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cary   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Marshfield   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hewitt   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hiles   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wood   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Auburndale   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Willard, see our County-by-County Page 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 Google map will open 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 or 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 &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Holy Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Willard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Seif Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Weston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE East Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE North Pine Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of 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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willard.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Willard. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Willard and those printed in the larger area surrounding Willard.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 27 miles [43.5 km] of Willard.

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 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.

Globe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Willard
 - Globe had a post office and no railroad service
Greenwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 310 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Greenwood had a post office and railroad service
Christie   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Christie had a post office and no railroad service
Loyal   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 168 people (with 1,238 people in 2017)
 - Loyal had a post office and no railroad service
Longwood   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 93 people
 - Longwood had a post office and no railroad service
Neillsville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 1,936 people (with 2,416 people in 2017)
 - Neillsville had a post office and railroad service
Fairchild   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 645 people (with 589 people in 2017)
 - Fairchild had a post office and railroad service
Spokeville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Willard
 - Spokeville had a post office and railroad service
Green Grove   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Willard
 - 1895 population of 26 people (with 754 people in 2017)
 - Green Grove 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.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Willard:

These websites are specific to Wisconsin:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Clark County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Chippewa County:     Cyndi's



Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Eau Claire County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Marathon County:     Cyndi's



Taylor County:     Cyndi's



Trempealeau County:     Cyndi's



Wood County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wisconsin

About Clark 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 Clark County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Willard) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willard. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7350, Longitude: -90.7193     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willard 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 Willard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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