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Our Genealogical Helper for Witwen ...

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 Witwen (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 Witwen. 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 Witwen ...

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 115 newspapers that have been published in the area around Witwen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Witwen, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Witwen.

Cemeteries Near Witwen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Witwen.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Free Thinkers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Cassell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Sauk Prairie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Otter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E St. Aloysius Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sauk City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prairie du Sac Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Arena Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Culver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Barnabas Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Thoelke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whitemound Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sumpter Hill 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 Witwen in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Witwen.

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

Black Hawk   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Witwen
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Black Hawk had a post office and no railroad service
Denzer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Witwen
 - Denzer had a post office and no railroad service
Leland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Witwen
 - Leland had a post office and no railroad service
Cassell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Witwen
 - Cassell had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie du Sac village   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Witwen
 - 1895 population of 562 people (with 4,378 people in 2017)
 - Prairie du Sac village had a post office and railroad service
Plain   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Witwen
 - 1895 population of 118 people (with 773 people in 2017)
 - Plain had a post office and no railroad service
Arena   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Witwen
 - 1895 population of 354 people (with 827 people in 2017)
 - Arena had railroad service and no post office
Mazomanie   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Witwen
 - 1895 population of 1,034 people (with 1,695 people in 2017)
 - Mazomanie had a post office and railroad service
Sauk City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Witwen
 - 1895 population of 876 people (with 3,468 people in 2017)
 - Sauk City had a post office and railroad service
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Witwen
 - 1895 population of 107 people
 - Helena 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 Witwen. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Witwen 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 and hospitals 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.

Witwen is located in Sauk County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sauk County: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Iowa, Juneau, Richland & Vernon.

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

Sauk     (The home county for Witwen)
      Honey Creek   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Denzer   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Prairie du Sac   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Prairie du Sac village   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Plain   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sauk City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sumpter   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Freedom   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spring Green   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dell Prairie   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Easton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quincy - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lake Wisconsin   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lodi   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harmony Grove   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Durwards Glen - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Caledonia   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newport   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wisconsin Dells   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dekorra   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mazomanie   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mazomanie   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Roxbury   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Black Earth   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Earth   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vermont   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cross Plains   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dane   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cross Plains   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blue Mounds   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dane   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muscoda   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Castle Rock   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montfort   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue River   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wingville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Watterstown   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hickory Grove   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clifton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      York   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Glarus   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Glarus   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Exeter   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adams   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Washington   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Monticello   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arena   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arena   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hyde   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wyoming   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barneveld   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Pleasant Ridge   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clyde   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brigham   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ridgeway   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dodgeville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avoca   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Lyndon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Seven Mile Creek   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lyndon Station   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kildare   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wonewoc   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Union Center   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wonewoc   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lemonweir   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lindina   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mauston   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elroy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blanchardville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blanchard   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Argyle   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Willow Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calamine   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Argyle   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lamont   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Endeavor   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Packwaukee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lone Rock   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ithaca   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Willow   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aubrey   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cazenovia   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Westford   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Orion   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Richland   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Richland Center   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hub City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rockbridge   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Forest   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Witwen:

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 Sauk County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Green County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Iowa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Juneau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lafayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marquette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Richland County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vernon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

The Communities of Wisconsin

About Sauk County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sauk County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Witwen. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Witwen) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Witwen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2853, Longitude: -89.8873     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Witwen 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 Witwen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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