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Williams Bay, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for Williams 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 Williams 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 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 Williams 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.

Name Variations for Williams Bay ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Williams Bay.

  • While the name of this village is Williams Bay, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Williams Bay may originally have been William's Bay.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Williams Bay might be written as William Bay.

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Williams Bay 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 Williams Bay. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Williams Bay:

Walworth     (The home county for Williams Bay)
  Lake Como   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Fontana-on-Geneva Lake   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Como   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lake Como Beach - Historic   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Geneva   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Delavan   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Linn   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Walworth   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Walworth   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Delavan Lake   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Lake Geneva   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Delavan   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Albion   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rockdale   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Christiana   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dunkirk   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cold Spring   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Koshkonong   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sullivan   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rome   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fort Atkinson   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lake Koshkonong   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sullivan   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Carcajou   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Powers Lake   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Slades Corners   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Twin Lakes   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Randall   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Camp Lake   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Salem   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Paddock Lake   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Salem   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hales Corners   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greendale   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Creek   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  West Allis   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bohners Lake   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Browns Lake   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Caldwell   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eagle Lake   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dover   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Wind Lake   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Johnstown   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Avalon   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Johnstown Center   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Johnstown   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Emerald Grove   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  La Prairie   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Turtle   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lima   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Harmony   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eagleville   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eagle   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eagle   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mukwonago   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mukwonago   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  North Prairie   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vernon   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vernon   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Genesee   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ottawa   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Big Bend   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Genesee   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Boone (IL)
  Capron (IL)   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Poplar Grove (IL)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Russellville (IL)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Caledonia (IL)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Timberlane (IL)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Garden Prairie (IL)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Belvidere (IL)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Herbert (IL)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
Cook (IL)
  Barrington Hills (IL)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Barrington (IL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Inverness (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Capri Village (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  South Barrington (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hoffman Estates (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Palatine (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
DeKalb (IL)
  New Lebanon (IL)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Genoa (IL)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kingston (IL)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kirkland (IL)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairdale (IL)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brush Point (IL) - Historic   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sycamore (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kane (IL)
  Hampshire (IL)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gilberts (IL)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Starks (IL)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  West Dundee (IL)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Carpentersville (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pingree Grove (IL)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sleepy Hollow (IL)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burlington (IL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  East Dundee (IL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Plato Center (IL)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bowes Bend (IL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Elgin (IL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lake (IL)
  Fox Lake (IL)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fox Lake Hills (IL)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Antioch (IL)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ingleside (IL)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lake Villa (IL)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Long Lake (IL)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Monaville (IL)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Round Lake Heights (IL)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Volo (IL)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Round Lake Beach (IL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
McHenry (IL)
  Alden (IL)   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hebron (IL)   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Harvard (IL)   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Richmond (IL)   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Greenwood (IL)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Solon Mills (IL)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wonder Lake (IL)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Ringwood (IL)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodstock (IL)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  McCullom Lake (IL)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Johnsburg (IL)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Ogle (IL)
  Monroe Center (IL)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winnebago (IL)
  Argyle (IL)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Roscoe (IL)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  South Beloit (IL)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rockton (IL)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Loves Park (IL)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Machesney Park (IL)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cherry Valley (IL)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sturbridge Village (IL)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rockford (IL)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shirland (IL)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Indian Village (IL)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Millford (IL)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Williams Bay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Williams 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 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 Williams Bay covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Walworth Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cobblestone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Dunbar Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Big Foot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE North Geneva Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spring Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Settlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hazel Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Alden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Linn - Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Old Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Francis deSales Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W North Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sugar Creek Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Killians Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Potters Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Darien Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW South Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Williams 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 128 newspapers that have been published in the area around Williams Bay.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Williams Bay. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Williams Bay and those printed in the larger area surrounding Williams Bay.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 21 miles [33.8 km] of Williams Bay.

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, Williams Bay had railroad service and no post office. In 2017, Williams Bay had a population of 2,597 people.

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

East Delavan   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - East Delavan had a post office and no railroad service
Walworth   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 1,711 people in 2017)
 - Walworth had a post office and no railroad service
Lake Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 2,297 people (with 7,875 people in 2017)
 - Lake Geneva had a post office and railroad service
Elkhorn   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 1,447 people (with 9,953 people in 2017)
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
Big Foot Prairie (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Big Foot Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Delavan   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 2,038 people (with 8,356 people in 2017)
 - Delavan had a post office and railroad service
Alden (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Williams Bay
 - Alden had a post office and railroad service
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Springfield had a post office and railroad service
Darien   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 354 people (with 1,594 people in 2017)
 - Darien had a post office and railroad service
Hebron (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Williams Bay
 - 1895 population of 275 people (with 1,200 people in 2017)
 - Hebron 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 Williams Bay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Williams Bay in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Williams Bay:

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 Walworth County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dane County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Kenosha County:     Cyndi's



Milwaukee County:     Cyndi's



Racine County:     Cyndi's



Rock County:     Cyndi's



Waukesha County:     Cyndi's



Boone County (IL):     Cyndi's



Cook County (IL):     Cyndi's



DeKalb County (IL):     Cyndi's



Kane County (IL):     Cyndi's



Lake County (IL):     Cyndi's



McHenry County (IL):     Cyndi's



Ogle County (IL):     Cyndi's



Winnebago County (IL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Williams Bay ...

While our initial data about Williams Bay came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams Bay:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned

We have found Williams Bay in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Williams Bay for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Williams Bay. See our Misc Page for Williams Bay for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Wisconsin

About Walworth County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Williams Bay:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williams Bay. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5764, Longitude: -88.5429     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Williams 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 Williams Bay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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