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Willow Creek, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogical Helper for Willow Creek ...

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 Willow Creek (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 Willow Creek. 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 Willow Creek ...

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 Willow Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Willow Creek: Willow Crk. (or less commonly used: Willow Ck. or Willow Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Willow Creek ...

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 356 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willow Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Willow Creek, 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 Willow Creek.

Cemeteries Near Willow Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Willow Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Emmanuel Community United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW St. James Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Jacobi Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Redeemer UCC Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
  SE St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Erler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Central Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Albans Episcopalian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Dominics Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Granville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Mequon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW St. Marys Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wisconsin Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Pinelawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Valhalla Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Trinity Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Last Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Clares Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bark River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maxon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mound Zion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Green Tree Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Immanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zur Ruhe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old St. Peter Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW St. John UCC Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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.<4>

While we didn't find Willow Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Willow Creek.

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

Meeker   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Willow Creek
 - Meeker had a post office and no railroad service
Colgate   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Willow Creek
 - Colgate had a post office and railroad service
Lannon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Willow Creek
 - Lannon had a post office and no railroad service
Rockfield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Willow Creek
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Rockfield had a post office and railroad service
Menomonee Falls   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Willow Creek
 - 1895 population of 422 people (with 37,443 people in 2017)
 - Menomonee Falls had a post office and railroad service
Germantown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Willow Creek
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 245 people in 2017)
 - Germantown had railroad service and no post office
Richfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willow Creek
 - 1895 population of 149 people (with 11,530 people in 2015)
 - Richfield had a post office and railroad service
Lake Five   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Willow Creek
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Lake Five 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 Willow Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Willow Creek 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Willow Creek is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan & Waukesha.

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

Washington     (The home county for Willow Creek)
      Germantown   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Polk   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Erin   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Huilsburg   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Herman   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Iron Ridge   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hustisford   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hubbard   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Theresa   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Fond du Lac
      Kewaskum   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Fane   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Campbellsport   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Osceola   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eden   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eden   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Byron   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Graham Corners   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Forest   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ixonia   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rome   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Watertown   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brown Deer   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      River Hills   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bayside   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glendale   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fox Point   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Milwaukee   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitefish Bay   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shorewood   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mequon   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ulao   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Port Washington   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wind Lake   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kneeland   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Norway   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franksville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Random Lake   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scott   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cascade   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mitchell   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oostburg   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lima   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake Beulah   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      La Grange   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Voree - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bowers   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitewater   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lannon   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Menomonee Falls   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lisbon   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sussex   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Butler   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merton   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brookfield   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brookfield   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pewaukee   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elm Grove   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]

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

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 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 Willow Creek:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dodge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fond du Lac County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Ozaukee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Racine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sheboygan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walworth County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waukesha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wisconsin

About Washington County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington 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 from Willow Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Willow Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willow Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2072, Longitude: -88.1584     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willow Creek 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>UCC is an abbreviation for the United Church of Canada

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<4>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 Willow Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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