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Our Genealogical Helper for Wisconsin Rapids ...

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 Rapids (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 Wisconsin Rapids. 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 Wisconsin Rapids ...

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 Wisconsin Rapids.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wisconsin Rapids: Wisconsin Rpds.

Newspapers Published in the area of Wisconsin Rapids ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wisconsin Rapids.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Wisconsin Rapids. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Wisconsin Rapids and those printed in the larger area surrounding Wisconsin Rapids.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> of Wisconsin Rapids.

Cemeteries Near Wisconsin Rapids ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Restlawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Village of Port Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. John Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Philomena Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Bethany Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Linwood Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Faith 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 Wisconsin Rapids in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wisconsin Rapids.

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

Grand Rapids   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - 1895 population of 1,702 people (with 7,417 people in 2017)
 - Grand Rapids had a post office and railroad service
Port Edwards   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - 1895 population of 37 people (with 1,778 people in 2017)
 - Port Edwards had a post office and railroad service
Saratoga   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - 1895 population of 21 people (with 4,966 people in 2017)
 - Saratoga had a post office and no railroad service
Rudolph   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 424 people in 2017)
 - Rudolph had a post office and railroad service
Walker   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - Walker had railroad service and no post office
Meehan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Meehan had a post office and railroad service
Vesper   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - 1895 population of 562 people (with 558 people in 2017)
 - Vesper had a post office and railroad service
New Rome - Historic   [Map]
 - While New Rome was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wisconsin Rapids
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - New Rome 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 Wisconsin Rapids. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wisconsin Rapids 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Wisconsin Rapids is located in Wood County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wood County: Adams, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon & Portage.

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

Wood     (The home county for Wisconsin Rapids)
      Grand Rapids   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lake Wazeecha   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Biron   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Port Edwards   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Sigel   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saratoga   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nekoosa   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Seneca   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rudolph   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Vesper   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Port Edwards   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cranmoor   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rome   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leola   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Big Flats   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Monroe   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Colburn   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Preston   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Richfield   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Strongs Prairie   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Adams   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adams   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Quincy   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sherwood   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Washburn   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Granton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spokeville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      York   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Neillsville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Unity   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Levis   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Bluff   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      City Point   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Knapp   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Armenia   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Finley   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kingston   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Necedah   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Necedah   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cutler   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Germantown   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clearfield   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orange   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Douglas   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lisbon   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Lisbon   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Green Valley   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bergen   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Knowlton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rangeline   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Day   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rozellville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Guenther   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mosinee   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McMillan   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Emmet   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mosinee   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bevent   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Springfield   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crystal Lake   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scott   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Byron   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wyeville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Warrens   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakdale   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Linwood   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Plover   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Carson   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Plover   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Junction City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Whiting   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stevens Point   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eau Pleine   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Park Ridge   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hull   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Germania   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Iola   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scandinavia   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iola   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waupaca   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lind   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ogdensburg   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Lawrence   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waupaca   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plainfield   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Plainfield   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hancock   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hancock   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Oasis   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Deerfield   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rose   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coloma   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Richford   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wautoma   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wild Rose   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Springwater   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Wisconsin Rapids:

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 Wood County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marathon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Portage County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shawano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waupaca County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waushara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

About Wood County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wisconsin Rapids:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wisconsin Rapids. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3881, Longitude: -89.8172     [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 Rapids, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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