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Our Genealogical Helper for Wood River ...

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 Wood River (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 Wood River. 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 Wood River ...

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 Wood River.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wood River: Wood Riv.

Newspapers Published in Wood River ...

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 72 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wood River.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wood River, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wood River.

Cemeteries Near Wood River ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wood River.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Wood Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Anscarius Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Wood River Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Freya Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW St. Olaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mud Hen Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wood River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Karlsborg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Logging Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Peet 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.<2>

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

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

Grantsburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Wood River
 - 1895 population of 410 people (with 1,293 people in 2017)
 - Grantsburg had a post office and railroad service
Trade Lake   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Wood River
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Trade Lake had a post office and no railroad service
West Sweden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wood River
 - West Sweden had a post office and no railroad service
Randall   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wood River
 - Randall had a post office and no railroad service
Cushing   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wood River
 - Cushing had a post office and no railroad service
West Denmark   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wood River
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - West Denmark had a post office and no railroad service
Clam Falls   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wood River
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Clam Falls had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Creek (MN)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) from Wood River
 - Rock Creek had a post office and railroad service
Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wood River
 - Wolf Creek 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 Wood River. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wood River 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 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.

Wood River is located in Burnett County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Burnett County: Chisago (MN), Pine (MN), Barron, Douglas, Polk & Washburn.

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

Burnett     (The home county for Wood River)
      Grantsburg   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Trade Lake   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      West Marshland   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grantsburg   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Siren   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Siren   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Meenon   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Webster   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Randall   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Maple Plain   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crystal Lake   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cumberland   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lakeland   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Almena   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cumberland   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Almena   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turtle Lake   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bear Lake   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Twin Town   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haugen   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dairyland   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Sweden   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Frederic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Laketown   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clam Falls   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Luck   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Luck   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sterling   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bone Lake   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eureka   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lorain   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Georgetown   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Saint Croix
      Star Prairie   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bashaw   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barronett   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Casey   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shell Lake   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spooner   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chicog   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver Brook   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sarona   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spooner   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trego   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Minong   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chisago (MN)
      Rush City (MN)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Almelund (MN)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harris (MN)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Taylors Falls (MN)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Branch (MN)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Branch (MN)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shafer (MN)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Center City (MN)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindstrom (MN)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chisago City (MN)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stacy (MN)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wyoming (MN)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Isanti (MN)
      Braham (MN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stanchfield (MN)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grandy (MN)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Minnesota Boys Town (MN)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cambridge (MN)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Isanti (MN)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dalbo (MN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Kanabec (MN)
      Grasston (MN)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quamba (MN)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coin (MN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mora (MN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ogilvie (MN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pine (MN)
      Rock Creek (MN)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cloverdale (MN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine City (MN)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Beroun (MN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hinckley (MN)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brook Park (MN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Henriette (MN)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sandstone (MN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Askov (MN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cloverton (MN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Finlayson (MN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bruno (MN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rutledge (MN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (MN)
      Scandia (MN)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marine-on-Saint-Croix (MN)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Forest Lake (MN)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Wood River:

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 Burnett County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barron County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Croix County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washburn County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chisago County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Isanti County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanabec County (MN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pine 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 Burnett County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Wisconsin     Cemetery Wiki for Wisconsin
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Wisconsin,     of Burnett 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Wisconsin

About Burnett County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wood River. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.7722, Longitude: -92.5877     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wood River have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Wood River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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