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Our Genealogical Helper for Zenda ...

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 Zenda (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 Zenda. 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 Zenda ...

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 124 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zenda.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Zenda, 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 Zenda.

Cemeteries Near Zenda ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zenda.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Linn - Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Alden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Old Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cobblestone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Walworth Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Big Foot Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE South Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Francis deSales Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Auburn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Killians Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jerome Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dunbar Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N North Geneva Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Christ The King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mound Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union 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 Zenda in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Zenda.

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

Hebron (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Zenda
 - 1895 population of 275 people (with 1,200 people in 2017)
 - Hebron had a post office and railroad service
Alden (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Zenda
 - Alden had a post office and railroad service
Lake Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Zenda
 - 1895 population of 2,297 people (with 7,875 people in 2017)
 - Lake Geneva had a post office and railroad service
Williams Bay   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Zenda
 - Williams Bay had railroad service and no post office
Big Foot Prairie (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Zenda
 - 1895 population of 138 people
 - Big Foot Prairie had a post office and no railroad service
Walworth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Zenda
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 1,711 people in 2017)
 - Walworth had a post office and no railroad service
East Delavan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Zenda
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - East Delavan had a post office and no railroad service
Lawrence (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Zenda
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Lawrence 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 Zenda. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Zenda 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Zenda is located in Walworth County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walworth County: Boone (IL), McHenry (IL), Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock & Waukesha.

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

Walworth     (The home county for Zenda)
      Linn   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Fontana-on-Geneva Lake   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lake Como   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Lake Geneva   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Williams Bay   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bloomfield   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pell Lake   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Como   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Como Beach - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Walworth   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Walworth   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Genoa City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Albion   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Palmyra   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cold Spring   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Koshkonong   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rome   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Atkinson   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sullivan   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carcajou   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake Koshkonong   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sumner   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Powers Lake   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slades Corners   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Twin Lakes   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Randall   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wheatland   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Silver Lake   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camp Lake   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Paddock Lake   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Benet Lake   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake Shangrila   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hales Corners   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greendale   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenfield   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Creek   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bohners Lake   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Browns Lake   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dover   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eagle Lake   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waterford   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Caldwell   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Norway   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Bradford   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Avalon   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Emerald Grove   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Johnstown Center   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Johnstown   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turtle   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      La Prairie   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lima   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harmony   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beloit   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eagleville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eagle   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mukwonago   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Prairie   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Bend   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muskego   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Genesee   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Durham   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Boone (IL)
      Capron (IL)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville (IL)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garden Prairie (IL)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Poplar Grove (IL)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Caledonia (IL)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Timberlane (IL)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Belvidere (IL)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Herbert (IL)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Cook (IL)
      Barrington Hills (IL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barrington (IL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Inverness (IL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      South Barrington (IL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Capri Village (IL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hoffman Estates (IL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Palatine (IL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plum Grove Village (IL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairfax Village (IL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Streamwood (IL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winthrop Village (IL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arlington Heights (IL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rolling Meadows (IL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
DeKalb (IL)
      New Lebanon (IL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Genoa (IL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kingston (IL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kirkland (IL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brush Point (IL) - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairdale (IL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sycamore (IL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clare (IL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coltonville (IL) - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Esmond (IL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
DuPage (IL)
      Wayne (IL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kane (IL)
      Hampshire (IL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carpentersville (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gilberts (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Dundee (IL)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pingree Grove (IL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Starks (IL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sleepy Hollow (IL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Dundee (IL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burlington (IL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Plato Center (IL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bowes Bend (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elgin (IL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Elgin (IL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lake (IL)
      Fox Lake (IL)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Channel Lake (IL)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake Catherine (IL)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fox Lake Hills (IL)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ingleside (IL)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Monaville (IL)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Long Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Volo (IL)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Antioch (IL)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake Villa (IL)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Round Lake Heights (IL)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Round Lake Beach (IL)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Round Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
McHenry (IL)
      Hebron (IL)   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alden (IL)   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Richmond (IL)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Greenwood (IL)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harvard (IL)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wonder Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Solon Mills (IL)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spring Grove (IL)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ringwood (IL)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McCullom Lake (IL)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodstock (IL)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Johnsburg (IL)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McHenry (IL)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Ogle (IL)
      Monroe Center (IL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Winnebago (IL)
      Argyle (IL)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Roscoe (IL)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      South Beloit (IL)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loves Park (IL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Machesney Park (IL)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockton (IL)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cherry Valley (IL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sturbridge Village (IL)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford (IL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shirland (IL)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Indian Village (IL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Millford (IL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Zenda:

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 Walworth County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dane 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    
Racine County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Waukesha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Boone County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cook County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DuPage County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kane County (IL):       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    
Ogle County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winnebago County (IL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Wisconsin:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zenda. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5120, Longitude: -88.4818     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Zenda 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 Zenda, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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