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Willow Springs, Wisconsin

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Our Genealogy Helper for Willow Springs ...

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 Springs (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 Willow Springs. 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 Springs ...

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 Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Willow Springs: Willow Spgs. (or less commonly used: Willow Spngs. or Willow Sprngs.)

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 and hospitals 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.

Willow Springs is located in Waukesha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Waukesha County: Dodge, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth & Washington.

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

Waukesha     (The home county for Willow Springs)
  Lannon   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Sussex   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Menomonee Falls   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Pewaukee   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Pewaukee   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Butler   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brookfield   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brookfield   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Merton   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Ashippun   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rubicon   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Neosho   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Huilsburg   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lebanon   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Herman   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Hustisford   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Iron Ridge   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hustisford   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hubbard   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Emmet   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Theresa   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Fond du Lac
  Kewaskum   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Fane   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Campbellsport   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Osceola   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eden   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Byron   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eden   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lac La Belle   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Ixonia   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ixonia   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Concord   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Concord   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sullivan   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sullivan   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Rome   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Helenville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Paris   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Somers   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Somers   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Slades Corners   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Paddock Lake   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bristol   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Powers Lake   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Salem   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wauwatosa   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Brown Deer   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  West Allis   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  River Hills   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  West Milwaukee   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bayside   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fox Point   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Whitefish Bay   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hales Corners   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Milwaukee   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mequon   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Thiensville   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cedarburg   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cedarburg   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Ulao   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Saukville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saukville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Port Washington   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Port Washington   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Caldwell   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wind Lake   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Norway   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Kneeland   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Raymond   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waterford   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Caledonia   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dover   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lima   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Random Lake   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Scott   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sherman   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Adell   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Holland   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cascade   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mitchell   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lyndon   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Waldo   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oostburg   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lima   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lake Beulah   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Potter Lake   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  East Troy   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  East Troy   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Troy   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Adams   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Spring Prairie   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  La Grange   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Spring Prairie   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Voree - Historic   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Richfield   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Erin   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Polk   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Slinger   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hartford   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  West Bend   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Willow Springs ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S St. James Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Redeemer UCC Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  W St. Albans Episcopalian Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE St. Dominics Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Central Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Emmanuel Community United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW St. Marys Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wisconsin Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  E West Granville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Bark River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mound Zion Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pinelawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hartland Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Jacobi Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Valhalla Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W St. Clares Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Highland Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Peter Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Erler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prairie Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wauwatosa Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Wanderers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Tree Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gardens of Stonebank Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Willow Springs ...

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 315 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willow Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Willow Springs, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Willow Springs.

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 Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Willow Springs.

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

Lannon   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Willow Springs
 - Lannon had a post office and no railroad service
Sussex   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 10,819 people in 2017)
 - Sussex had a post office and railroad service
Menomonee Falls   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 422 people (with 37,443 people in 2017)
 - Menomonee Falls had a post office and railroad service
Colgate   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Willow Springs
 - Colgate had a post office and railroad service
Marcy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 184 people
 - Marcy had a post office and no railroad service
Duplainville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Duplainville had a post office and railroad service
Fussville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Fussville had a post office and no railroad service
Meeker   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Willow Springs
 - Meeker had a post office and no railroad service
Lake Five   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Lake Five had a post office and no railroad service
Brookfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Willow Springs
 - 1895 population of 82 people (with 38,045 people in 2017)
 - Brookfield 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 Willow Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Willow Springs in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - although 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 Springs:

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 Waukesha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Fond du Lac County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Kenosha County:     Cyndi's



Milwaukee County:     Cyndi's



Ozaukee County:     Cyndi's



Racine County:     Cyndi's



Rock County:     Cyndi's



Sheboygan County:     Cyndi's



Walworth County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wisconsin

About Waukesha County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Waukesha 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Willow Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willow Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1389, Longitude: -88.1843     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willow Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UCC is an abbreviation for the United Church of Canada

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<3>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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<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 Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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