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Our Genealogical Helper for Wind Lake ...

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 Wind Lake (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 Wind Lake. 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 Wind Lake ...

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 Wind Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wind Lake: Wind Lk.

Newspapers Published in Wind Lake ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wind Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wind Lake, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wind Lake.

Cemeteries Near Wind Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wind Lake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Rural Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones - Muckey School Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Luther Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Muskego Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Rochester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vernon United Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vernon Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Martin of Tours Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vernon Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Honey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Berlin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Independent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holy Apostles 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>

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

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

Union Church   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wind Lake
 - Union Church had a post office and railroad service
Big Bend   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wind Lake
 - Big Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Muskego   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wind Lake
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 24,996 people in 2017)
 - Muskego had a post office and no railroad service
Waterford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wind Lake
 - 1895 population of 448 people (with 5,487 people in 2017)
 - Waterford had a post office and no railroad service
North Cape   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wind Lake
 - 1895 population of 197 people
 - North Cape had a post office and no railroad service
Durham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wind Lake
 - Durham had a post office and no railroad service
Caldwell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Wind Lake
 - Caldwell had a post office and no railroad service
Rochester   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wind Lake
 - 1895 population of 296 people (with 3,807 people in 2017)
 - Rochester 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 Wind Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wind Lake 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 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.

Wind Lake is located in Racine County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Racine County: Kenosha, Walworth & Waukesha.

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

Racine     (The home county for Wind Lake)
      Norway   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kneeland   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Raymond   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dover   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eagle Lake   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Browns Lake   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Yorkville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashippun   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lebanon   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Neosho   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rubicon   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rome   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lac La Belle   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake Lac La Belle   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cold Spring   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Helenville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Paris   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Paddock Lake   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Slades Corners   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Somers   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Somers   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bristol   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Powers Lake   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hales Corners   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Greendale   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Creek   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Allis   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      South Milwaukee   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Milwaukee   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wauwatosa   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cudahy   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Francis   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Milwaukee   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shorewood   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mequon   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Thiensville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedarburg   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ulao   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saukville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lima   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Johnstown Center   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avalon   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emerald Grove   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake Beulah   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Potter Lake   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Voree - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      East Troy   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Prairie   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bowers   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lyons   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Erin   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Polk   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slinger   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Bend   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muskego   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Big Bend   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Durham   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Berlin   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Waukesha   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Waukesha   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eagleville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Lake (IL)
      Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Antioch (IL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Russell (IL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fox Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fox Lake Hills (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake Villa (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindenhurst (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Mill Creek (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monaville (IL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Venetian Village (IL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winthrop Harbor (IL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Zion (IL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
McHenry (IL)
      Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Richmond (IL)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Solon Mills (IL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pistakee Highlands (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hebron (IL)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Johnsburg (IL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ringwood (IL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sunnyside (IL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alden (IL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood (IL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McCullom Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wonder Lake (IL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakemoor (IL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 either 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 Wind Lake:

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 Racine County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dodge 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    
Rock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walworth County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waukesha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McHenry County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Wisconsin

About Racine County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Racine 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 starting from Wind Lake. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wind Lake) 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 Wind Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wind Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wind Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8257, Longitude: -88.1600     [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 Wind Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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