Gazetteers list geographical names such as towns, settlements, villages, districts, rivers, and mountains. They identify these locations and sometimes, give historical and biographical information concerning early residents.
Several helpful gazetteers of Wisconsin have been published. Some of the most helpful are:
- Hale, James B.W. Wisconsin Post Office Handbook. Revised edition. (Not available at the Family History Library.) Available from the Wisconsin Postal History Society, 5401 Raymond Rd., Madison, WI 53711.
- Hunt, John Warren. Wisconsin Gazetteer. Madison, Wisconsiin: B. Brown, 1853. (Family History Library book 977.5 E5h; film 897468; fiche 6051150.)
- Moertl, Frank. Wisconsin; Its Territorial and Statehood Post Offices, 1993. (Not available at the Family History Library.) Available from the Wisconsin Postal History Society, see above. This has detailed maps and descriptions showing the location of each post office.
- Wisconsin Gazetteer. Wilmington, Delaware: American Historical Publications, Inc., 1991. (Family History Library book 977.5 E5w.)
For river landings, see:
- Adams, Louis A. Adam's Directory of Points and Landings on Rivers and Bayous in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. New Orleans : W.L. Murray, 1877. Digital version at Internet Archive.
Family History Library Collection
Gazetteers can be found on state, county and local levels. Links to county pages appear below.
Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Also find Wisconsin Gazetteer resources available at other libraries (WorldCat). Explore how to search WorldCat and the FHLC.