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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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The location of Wisconsin Dells

Our Genealogy Helper for Wisconsin Dells ...

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 Wisconsin Dells (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 Wisconsin Dells. 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 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.

Wisconsin Dells is primarily located in Columbia County. A portion of Wisconsin Dells extends into Sauk County and Adams County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Columbia County: Adams, Dane, Dodge, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette & Sauk.

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

Columbia     (The home county for Wisconsin Dells)
  Newport   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Lewiston   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Caledonia   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Durwards Glen - Historic   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Portage   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fort Winnebago   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pacific   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Harmony Grove   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lake Wisconsin   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  West Point   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dekorra   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lodi   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dell Prairie   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Springville   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Easton   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  New Chester   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Quincy   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Quincy - Historic   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Adams   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Adams   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Friendship   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Roxbury   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dane   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mazomanie   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dane   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mazomanie   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Morrisonville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Berry   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Black Earth   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  DeForest   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Black Earth   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Randolph   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Green Lake
  Kingston   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kingston   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marquette   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Marquette   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Manchester   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint Marie   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Markesan   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Green Lake   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Seneca   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Arena   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Arena   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wyoming   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hyde   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lyndon   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Lyndon Station   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Kildare   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Seven Mile Creek   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lemonweir   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Summit   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Mauston   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lindina   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wonewoc   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Germantown   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Moundville   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Oxford   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Endeavor   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Westfield   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Packwaukee   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Glen Oak   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Westfield   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Harris   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Montello   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Glendale   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kendall   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clifton   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Byron   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cazenovia   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Westford   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Willow   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ithaca   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Henrietta   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hub City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Aubrey   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rockbridge   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Yuba   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Buena Vista   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bloom City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bloom   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lake Delton   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Delton   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Dellona   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  West Baraboo   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Baraboo   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Baraboo   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  North Freedom   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rock Springs   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  White City   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Forest   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Coloma   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Coloma   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Richford   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hancock   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dakota   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hancock   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Deerfield   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wautoma   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Silver Lake   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wautoma   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Wisconsin Dells ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wisconsin Dells.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Spring Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Indian Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Newport Lutheran Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Webster Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dupless Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Dellona Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Butterfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Fairfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW All Saints Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Olin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walnut Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Saint Paul Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Wisconsin Dells ...

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 119 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wisconsin Dells.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wisconsin Dells, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wisconsin Dells.

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

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

Dell Prairie - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dell Prairie was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wisconsin Dells
 - Dell Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Delton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wisconsin Dells
 - 1895 population of 205 people (with 2,438 people in 2017)
 - Delton had a post office and no railroad service
Plainville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wisconsin Dells
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Plainville had a post office and no railroad service
Big Spring   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wisconsin Dells
 - Big Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Lyndon Station   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wisconsin Dells
 - 1895 population of 136 people (with 482 people in 2017)
 - Lyndon Station had a post office and railroad service
Briggsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Wisconsin Dells
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Briggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Lewiston   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wisconsin Dells
 - 1895 population of 47 people (with 1,233 people in 2017)
 - Lewiston had a post office and no railroad service
Baraboo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Wisconsin Dells
 - 1895 population of 4,605 people (with 12,164 people in 2017)
 - Baraboo 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 Wisconsin Dells. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wisconsin Dells 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 - 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 Wisconsin Dells:

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 Columbia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's



Dane County:     Cyndi's



Dodge County:     Cyndi's



Green Lake County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Juneau County:     Cyndi's



Marquette County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Richland County:     Cyndi's



Sauk County:     Cyndi's



Vernon County:     Cyndi's



Waushara County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Wisconsin

About Columbia County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Columbia County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wisconsin Dells) 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 Wisconsin Dells. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wisconsin Dells

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wisconsin Dells. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.6276, Longitude: -89.7692     [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 Wisconsin Dells, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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