What Was New on the
Washburn Co. WIGenWeb site in 2001
October 2001 - A
new category, "Genealogies" has been
added to the website today. We have kicked off this section with
the genealogies of the Masterjohn, Mecure and Isabella families and we
have lots more to come. This will also be an interactive area, so
if you have Washburn Co. genealogies that you would like to share, let
me know and I'll be happy to discuss it with you.
October 2001 - The
remainder of the Pre-1907 Birth Index
has been put online (Surnames K through Z) today. We also have a
new school added to our Schools page
- you will now find Lincoln School along with a link to a short
Hopefully we can get more of these school histories as time goes
In the meantime, there are lots of other good things coming to our
Stay tuned. Check in often. And don't forget to use our Search
Engine, which gets updated with every new addition.
October 2001 - After taking a break from the website and
going on a "collecting" spree, I'm back and ready to put more good
online. Today's upload includes the beginning of the Pre-1907
Birth Index for Washburn Co. So far the A through J surnames
have been put on the website, with more coming soon. I hope you
find these birth indexes to be of help to you in your research!
will find a link to these indexes on the main page's table of
July 2001 -
Today's update is a big one, even though it only adds one explanation
to our website. The new item is the Message
Board, which replaces the old "GenConnect"
system that had been utilized and which had previously covered seven
topics - Queries, Biographies, Obituaries, Bible Records, Deeds,
and Wills. These old messages have now been combined into one
and there are new topics or classifications to choose from to make for
even greater capabilites to share your data. Please be sure to
our 'explanation page' if this sytem is new to you. You will
be taken to this page when you click on the "Message Board" link on our
main page. From there, you will find links to the actual message
board itself. I hope you will agree, this is a great addition to
our site and one that simplifies your abilities to learn more about
family in Washburn Co.
June 2001 - The new addition for today is a history of the
city of Shell Lake. You will find this history linked from our
page under the Shell Lake section of the page. I have also
our Reunions page, taking the alumni information
off and making a new page called Alumni Board
which contains that information. It is a good way to meet up with
your old classmates. On the Reunions page, there is now a space
announce your Family Reunions and a space
to announce your Class Reunions. If
you have either event happening this year for you, please send the info
to me to be added to this page. Stay tuned, there's always alot
to add to our Washburn Co. WIGenWeb site!
May 2001 - Today's project included new additions to the
Pics page and to the Place Pics page
by Ron Jost. With our growing list of photos that have been
a need to revamp these pages was also taken care of. I hope
like the new layout of our Photo Album pages. Also, Faith Yeager
has donated another very good article to our Newspaper
Stories section for your reading pleasure -- complete with
My thanks to Ron and Faith for this week's donations. This is all
excellent material and it is our hope that it will be of help to you in
your research, or at least interesting for you to browse through!
April 2001 - Today's uploads include some new photos donated
by a new volunteer -- Helen Kennedy. Her photos are of her Wood
of Minong and are located on the People Pics
page and on the Place Pics page. Make
sure you take a look through these new additions as they are great
We have also added a new category on our main page. You will see
that we now have a Military section to our
website. This new section has enabled me to organize the website
better and by utilizing this system the previous two military-type
that were on the main page are now listed in our Military
Plus there is quite a bit of new military info that has been added
with lots of names to browse through. Or if you're in a hurry,
the search engine for our site. It is being updated as I type
I hope you will find this new information to be of help to you in your
research. There are also some new names added to our Surnames
page. Check it out!
April 2001 - We took the Easter weekend off but today had
more great stories to upload that Faith Yeager donated. These
were in the same category as the previous donation from Faith and are a
very welcome addition to the site. Both stories revolve around
Minong area and it's people, and one was a history of the Northwoods
so that story is linked both from our Newspaper Stories
page and from our Schools page. We also
had quite a few new additions as far as Surnames
go. Be sure to check all of these new items out and see if
anything of interest for you.
April 2001 - Faith Yeager donated a
story written by her Aunt Lyda for the Spooner Advocate column titled
Times and Old Timers". This is an excellent story about life in
Minong and my special thanks go to Faith for her donation. This
started the ball rolling for a new topic on our main page -- Newspaper
Stories! Be sure to check this new topic out, as there are
other stories that have now been added to the list. And if you
a story about early Washburn Co. days or events to share
please), just let me know!
March 2001 - Today's additions are
a collection of cemetery photos that were donated to our site by Don
These photos are from the Earl Cemetery (also one from the Long Lake
Cemetery), and are linked to the burial records for the Earl
So when browsing through the cemetery index, you can now click on the
that will show the tombstone photo. Or you can see all the
photos that have been submitted so far by visiting our Tombstone
Photo Album. Thanks, Don, for a great
March 2001 - Today's new additions to our website are donations
from three Washburn Co. friends. Mary Gundry has donated family
from her collection which shows farm settings, and people in the
and Thibedeau families. And Don Hansen has donated a great family
photo of the Butenhoff family to our site. You will find these
photos on our People Pics and Place
Pics pages within this site. The other new addition is a big
project that Mary Wirth has been working on. It is the complete
of the Earl Cemetery, with locations matched to the sexton's
There is also a map and a history of the cemetery. You will find
this new page linked off the Cemeteries page
on this site. All of these great people have done some
work. If anything they have donated is of help to you, please be
sure to send them a big thank you! Thank you, all, for a job well
February 2001 - Today's uploads include
several town histories. One was donated to our project by Faith
and is of the community of Chittamo.
My special thanks to Faith for sharing this interesting history with
The other was a series of newspaper articles from 1939 about the town
These town histories can be found with in the "Communities"
page under the description of each town. Or to make it easier,
category has been added to our main page titled "Town
Histories". Be sure to check these out,
as they contain alot of names and information about the local
Don't forget to check out the maps to see where these communities are
January 2001 - Another photo has been added to our "People
Photos" album on the bottom of page 3. This is also from Sharon
Pike, who is a very busy lady these days. She promises even more
when she's done with her other project. Wow! I'm hoping I
keep up with her! Thanks Sharon for another wonderful example of
early life in Washburn Co.
January 2001 - We have started up another new page for our
photo album. Because of the generosity of Sharon Pike, who has
more family photos, we have added page 3 to our "People
Photos" album. If you have an interest in Curtis and Pike
families, or just want to see what the Long Lake area of Washburn Co.
to offer, these photos are in the 'must see' category. Take a
And a special thank you again to Sharon for donating them!
January 2001 - New items for today fall under the heading
of "Organizations." This new page and
the links that it holds will be reserved for information about the
organizations that may or may not be in existance within Washburn Co.
This information may be in the form of a short history, the purpose of
the organization, or even a listing of members. In keeping with
idea of history and genealogy, I will only be putting up info on older
organizations -- none of today's clubs or their membership lists will
posted on these pages. To go along with this new topic, I have added
links to show as an example of what is to come. These links are
the Parent-Teacher Association of Shell Lake,
the Lions Club of Shell Lake, and the Scandinavian-American
Fraternity, Branch No. 14, also from Shell Lake. As always
feel free to browse through this new information. If you have any
items of this nature to share with us, just let me know!
January 2001 - Today's new additions to the website come
once again from Sharon Pike. She has added some excellent photos
of the Tombstones from her family here in
Washburn Co. And it worked out perfectly since all of them are
in the Madge Evergreen Cemetery. So they are now linked together,
with notations made from the cemetery index to the photos. Check
it out! I think you will agree that Sharon has done a super
Thanks again, Sharon! And if you have info or photos to share
us, just let me know!
January 2001 - Some restructuring was done today on the
website. Previously there had been a topic titled "Miscellaneous"
on our site. It contained miscellaneous links for Washburn
I have changed the name to "Washburn Co. Links"
and have added categories on this page, such as 'Community
pages,' 'Genealogy pages that pertain to Washburn
Co.,' and 'Miscellaneous Links' (businesses,
government, etc.) New links to this page are the Genealogy links,
which include Sharon Pike's Curtis - Pike Family
History Page and my Denninger family.
Thanks to Sharon for the great idea. If anyone else has a webpage
that they would like to list on this page, just let me know!
January 2001 - Several more photos have been added to our
Photo Album by Sharon Pike. These are excellent photos of
the 1908 graduating class of Shell Lake and the Pike Brothers.
them out! And our newest addition to the site is a cemetery index
of Madge Evergreen Cemetery on our Cemeteries
page. Sandi Meurer compiled this information while 'fishing' with
her husband and has volunteered this index to be added to our
This adds her name to our Volunteers list
also! Thanks Sandi for a job well done and happily received!
January 2001 - Today's new additions include some wonderful
photos to our collections on our People Photo Album
and our Places Photo Album (links
to these pages can be found on our main page under "People Pics" and
Pics"). These new photos show various scenes of the Long Lake
area of our county, and show how fun and relaxing times were back in
"old days." These photos are from the Marion Curtis Pike
and were sent to us by Sharon Pike. Our thanks to Sharon for this
voyage back on memory lane. She has been added to our Volunteers
January 2001 - We have added to our list of Volunteers!
Today's additions have been donated to our Archives
and GenConnect Obit board by Don Hansen, who
has been doing extensive research on the Butenhoff, Holt, Thomas,
Thompson family lines. Thanks, Don, for these wonderful pieces of
information. They are a valuable addition to our site.
January 2001 - Today's new addition
is a page dedicated to our Volunteers!
The people listed on this page have donated materials to our website,
which we all can be thankful for. This is my way of saying
to them. Along with their names are the items that they have
to our site with a link to that page. Take a moment to see what
friends have donated. And if their contributions have been a help
to you, why not email them and tell them thanks too!
January 2001 - A
new year begins and we are back to work! Today's addition
a correction to a bride's name in both the Pre-1907
Groom's Index for the surnames beginning with
A, and the Pre-1907 Bride's Index
for the surnames beginning with M. These indexes are taken
from the county indexes and, while mistakes can be made when recording
events on the county level, I have tried to follow their records as
as possible. I will be happy to make corrections where needed as
I did with this case. Also today, the Watts surname was added to
page. If you have surnames you would like to add, just let me
NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!
December 2000 - Ho! Ho! Ho!
Merry Christmas! The little elves have been
busy putting some more goodies online for you! Today's new items
include the pre-1907 Death Index for Washburn Co. You will find
indexes at the "Death Indexes"
link on the main page. You will see when you browse through these
new pages that they are a combination of the State Pre-1907 Indexes
with the County Death Indexes. Many of these records were doubled
up, so I only put the state records on where they didn't show up within
the county indexes. Otherwise, you will be able to get all
through the county level. There is also information on how
to order from each level (county or state). I also set up a new
Engine for our pages. This one is updated
as I work on the site, so it will be current and ready to pick up any
those new items that you are searching for. I hope you will enjoy
these new goodies.
December 2000 - New surnames were added to the Surnames
page today. Check it out! If you want to add your surnames
just write and send me the surnames, dates, locations and your email
and I will add them for you
December 2000 - A very generous offer for doing Hammill
genealogy lookups was received today from Jack Hammell. The
for this lookup can be found on the "Lookups"
link, which has now been separated on our main page from the WCHS
Lookup Policies & Resources link. Thanks, Jack, for your
generosity! Good luck to all you "Hammill hunters"!
December 2000 - A few more categories
were added to the main page of the website today. These include
Board," the "Obituary Board" and the
"Query Board". It is my hope that by
adding these new links, some of the confusion will be cleared on where
these boards are located. These links will take you to our
page as these boards are part of the GenConnect system and this page
explain how the system works for you.
November 2000 - To go along with our new look, we've added
a new topic today -- Washburn Co. Marriage Index
is now online. This covers marriages from 1883 through 1917 and
broken down into Bride's Indexes and Groom's
Indexes. Take a look to see if your ancestors are listed!
November 2000 - Our new look has been established throughout
all the pages of the Washburn Co. WIGenWeb site. Although we are
retaining the concept of the pineries, I am hoping the white background
will make your viewing of these pages easier. Not only did we add
a new look, but we have also added some new pages (and revamped
The new pages include this page (What's New)
which will be your guide to what is added to this web site. I
give a brief description along with the date of the addition.
new is the "About Us" page, which gives you
an idea of who I am along with what the WIGenWeb is. We have a
page and have added a Communities page also.
These two pages work together and provide some good historical info on
the area. Be watching for town histories to be added to the
page also. Under the heading of Schools
you will find the Graduates lists for the
Shell Lake and Spooner High Schools has been revamped and will give you
an easier view of who graduated when. Of course one of the
changes is the layout of the Main page.
I hope you will find it to be less cluttered and more easily accessible
for you. And there's much, much more to come. So check back
We're getting things done in Washburn County!