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Wilson, Wisconsin
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Our Genealogical 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 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 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of 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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilson.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Wilson. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Wilson and those printed in the larger area surrounding Wilson.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of 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 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 Wilson covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW St. Bridget Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Brookville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lone Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Teegarden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tramway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tiffany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Spring Lake Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Mamre Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baldwin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gilman Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Irving Creek Cemetery   [Map]     


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 Wilson had a population of 393 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Wilson had a population of 186 people.

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

Hersey   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 296 people
 - Hersey had a post office and railroad service
Knapp   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 480 people (with 458 people in 2017)
 - Knapp had a post office and railroad service
Woodville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 153 people (with 1,353 people in 2017)
 - Woodville had a post office and railroad service
Hatchville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wilson
 - Hatchville had a post office and no railroad service
Lucas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 786 people in 2017)
 - Lucas had a post office and no railroad service
Downing   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilson
 - Downing had a post office and railroad service
Wildwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilson
 - Wildwood had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 1,372 people in 2017)
 - Spring Valley 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 Wilson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilson 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Wilson is located in Saint Croix County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Croix County: Washington (MN), Barron, Dunn, Pierce & Polk.

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:

Saint Croix     (The home county for Wilson)
      Hersey   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Springfield   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cady   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Glenwood City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eau Galle   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Baldwin   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Baldwin   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Emerald   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rush River   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hammond   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hammond   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vance Creek   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prairie Farm   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Prairie Farm   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arland   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Twin Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maple Grove   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sioux Creek   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Almena   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Almena   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Maxville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mondovi   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Springdale - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mondovi   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Modena   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Naples   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gilmanton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Howard   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wheaton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cooks Valley   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bloomer   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Auburn   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodmohr   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake Hallie   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bloomer   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chippewa Falls   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eagleton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hallie   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knapp   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Downing   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lucas   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Boyceville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tiffany   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Menomonie   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Menomonie   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hay River   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wheeler   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Eau Claire
      Union   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brunswick   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eau Claire   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Drammen   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Seymour   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Washington   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waterville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waubeek   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Durand   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Durand   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frankfort   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lima   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ella   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stockholm   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Albany   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pepin   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stockholm   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeport   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pepin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spring Lake   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elmwood   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gilman   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Martell   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rock Elm   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      El Paso   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ellsworth   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ellsworth   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Plum City   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clear Lake   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clear Lake   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Brook   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Amery   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alden   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garfield   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Apple River   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Osceola   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Chisago (MN)
      Taylors Falls (MN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Dakota (MN)
      Hastings (MN)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Miesville (MN)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Goodhue (MN)
      Frontenac (MN)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Red Wing (MN)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Welch (MN)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Ramsey (MN)
      North Saint Paul (MN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wabasha (MN)
      Lake City (MN)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reads Landing (MN)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wabasha (MN)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MN)
      Lake Saint Croix Beach (MN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeland Shores (MN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeland (MN)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Marys Point (MN)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bayport (MN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Afton (MN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Park Heights (MN)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stillwater (MN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marine-on-Saint-Croix (MN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Elmo (MN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant (MN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodbury (MN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottage Grove (MN)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 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     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 Saint Croix County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buffalo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chippewa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dunn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Eau Claire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pepin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chisago County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dakota County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Goodhue County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ramsey County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wabasha County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wilson ...

While our initial data for Wilson came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Wilson 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 Wilson.

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 Wilson:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Wilson in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Wilson for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wilson.
      See our Misc Page for Wilson for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Wisconsin

About Saint Croix County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wilson:

The official website for Saint Croix County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Wilson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wilson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9535, Longitude: -92.1737     [Map].

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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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