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Town of Wilson, Wisconsin
(Dunn County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Wilson ...

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 Wilson (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 Wilson. 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 northeast 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 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.

Wilson is located in Dunn County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dunn County: Barron, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk & Saint Croix.

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

Dunn     (The home county for Wilson)
  Ridgeland   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Sand Creek   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Otter Creek   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Wheeler   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Grant   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hay River   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Tainter Lake   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tainter   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Boyceville   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tiffany   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sioux Creek   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Prairie Farm   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Prairie Farm   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Maple Grove   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Prairie Lake   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Chetek   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dovre   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Arland   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Vance Creek   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Barron   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Chetek   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Roosevelt   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Auburn   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cooks Valley   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bloomer   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Howard   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bloomer   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Woodmohr   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sampson   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wheaton   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eagleton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Eagle Point   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chippewa Falls   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Eau Claire
  Union   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eau Claire   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brunswick   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Seymour   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Washington   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Drammen   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fall Creek   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Waubeek   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lima   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Albany   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Durand   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Durand   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Waterville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Spring Lake   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elmwood   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rock Elm   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Martell   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  El Paso   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Plum City   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clear Lake   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Black Brook   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Amery   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Johnstown   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Apple River   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alden   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Garfield   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Georgetown   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rusk   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Strickland   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Big Bend   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Weyerhaeuser   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stubbs   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wilkinson   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Washington   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bruce   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Thornapple   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Willard   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Murry   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Croix
  Glenwood City   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Forest   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Glenwood   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hersey   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Emerald   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Cady   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cylon   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Deer Park   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eau Galle   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Edgewater   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Barronett   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Birchwood   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Long Lake   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sarona   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shell Lake   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Birchwood   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wilson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilson.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Tollebu Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Upper Popple Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Our Saviors Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Otter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Popple Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Myron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sioux Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dallas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vanceburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hay River Twp. Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Our Saviors Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Scandinavia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Akers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Solum Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Norton Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Springbrook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Hillsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Wilson ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wilson, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilson.

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

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

Dallas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 385 people in 2017)
 - Dallas had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Sand Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Wheeler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wilson
 - Wheeler had a post office and railroad service
Prairie Farm   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 108 people (with 443 people in 2017)
 - Prairie Farm had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsdale   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Wilson
 - Hillsdale had a post office and no railroad service
Boyceville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 204 people (with 1,096 people in 2017)
 - Boyceville had a post office and no railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 269 people (with 1,144 people in 2017)
 - Colfax had a post office and railroad service
Chetek   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 406 people (with 2,150 people in 2017)
 - Chetek 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 Wilson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilson 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 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 Wilson:

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 Dunn County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:     Cyndi's



Burnett County:     Cyndi's



Chippewa County:     Cyndi's



Eau Claire County:     Cyndi's



Pepin County:     Cyndi's



Pierce County:     Cyndi's



Polk County:     Cyndi's



Rusk County:     Cyndi's



Saint Croix County:     Cyndi's



Sawyer County:     Cyndi's



Washburn County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Find a Community in Wisconsin

About Dunn County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dunn 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- Wilson) 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 Wilson. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Wilson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.1652, Longitude: -91.8441     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilson 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 Wilson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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