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  • Dane County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Northwest Territorial Lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Madison, Wisconsin

    County history - Dane County is named in honor of Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory.

    Dane Courthouse
    Capitol history - On October 25,1836, the first Wisconsin Legislature convened in a rented building located in old Belmont (now Leslie, Lafayette County). A long struggle ensued regarding a permanent location for state government. Eventually, Madison was chosen to be the site. Built in 1838, the first Madison Capitol stood for 25 years until it was replaced by a larger building in 1863. After a devastating fire left the second Madison Capitol badly damaged, George B. Post & Sons designed the current Capitol, which was built between 1906 and 1917 at a cost of $7.25 million. The Madison Capitol is distinguished as being the only State Capitol ever built on an isthmus.

    Wisconsin State Capitol

    GHLL Dane County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Dane County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Dane County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dane County Area Genealogical Society / Madison, WI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dane County Historical Society / Madison, WI)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Greater Mazomanie Virtual Historical Society / Mazomanie, WI)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library / Madison, WI)
    9. US/WIGenWeb site - Dane County Archives
    10. US/WIGenWeb - Dane County Genealogy & History
    11. Dane County Vital Records - Register of Deeds, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Rm 110, P.O. Box 1438, Madison, WI 5370.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Columbia County (north), Dodge County (northeast), Jefferson County (east),
             Rock County (southeast), Green County (south), Iowa County (west),
             Sauk County (northwest).

        Surnames - primarily in Dane County (Hamacher Vosen Gempeler and Nipple).



  • Door County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  JUN 18, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Brown County [Potawatomi Indian lands].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

    County history - Door County is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island, a stretch of open water that maintains the secrets of many shipwrecks. French explorers first encountered the dangerous passage, and named it Porte des Mort Passage, which in English means "Death's Door Passage".

    Door Courthouse
    GHLL Door County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Door County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Door County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Peninsula Genealogical Society, Door County / Sturgeon Bay, WI)
    6. US/WIGenWeb site - Door County Archives
    7. US/WIGenWeb - Door County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Register Of Deeds, 421 Nebraska Street, P.O. Box 670, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Kewaunee County (South), Oconto County (West, water boundary
             only, across Green Bay), Marinette County (North-West, water
             boundary only, across Green Bay), Menominee County, Michigan
             (North-West, water boundary only, across Green Bay), Delta County,
             Michigan (North, water boundary only, across Green Bay).

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  • Douglas County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1854
    County Seat:  Superior, Wisconsin

    County history - Douglas County is named in honor of Stephen Douglas (1813-1861), United States Senator 1847-1861.

    Douglas Courthouse
    1. Douglas County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Douglas County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Douglas County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Douglas County Historical Society (Superior, WI)
    4. Douglas County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Douglas County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Douglas County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Douglas County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Douglas County Vital Records - Douglas County Register-deeds, 1313 Belknap St, P.O. Box 847, Superior, WI 54880.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Douglas County, Wisconsin (3 pages)
        1880 Census (T) - Federal Census Douglas County, Wisconsin (ED 215: 3 pages)


  • Dunn County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 2, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Chippewa County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1854
    County Seat:  Menomonie, Wisconsin

    County history - Dunn County is named in honor of Charles Dunn (December 28, 1799 - April 7, 1872) was a United States jurist and politician (state senator and chief justice of Wisconsin Territory).

    Dunn Government Center
    GHLL Dunn County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Dunn County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dunn County Genealogical Society and Museum / Menomonie, WI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dunn County Historical Society and Museum / Menomonie, WI)
    7. US/WIGenWeb site - Dunn County Archives
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Dunn County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Dunn County Register Of Deeds, 800 Wilson Avenue, Menomonie, WI 54751.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Barron County (north), Chippewa County (east), Eau Claire County (southeast),
             Pepin County (south), Pierce County (southwest), St. Croix County (west), Polk
                County
    (northwest).

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  • Eau Claire County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Chippewa County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    County history - Eau Claire County is named for the city of Eau Claire, which is French for "clear water."

    Eau Claire Courthouse
    1. Eau Claire County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Eau Claire County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Eau Claire County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
    4. Eau Claire County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Eau Claire County - US/WIGenWeb site
    6. Eau Claire County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Eau Claire County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Eau Claire County Vital Records - Eau Claire County Register of Deeds, Courthouse, 721 Oxford Ave Eau Claire, WI 54703.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.


  • Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 5, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Wisconsin Territory lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

    County history - Fond du Lac County is a French phrase, meaning "bottom (or end) of the lake", due to it's position in reference to it's position at the end (or bottom) of a finger of Lake Michigan.

    Fond du Lac Courthouse
    1. Fond du Lac County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Fond du Lac County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Fond du Lac County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society (Fond du Lac, WI)
    4. Fond du Lac County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Fond du Lac Historical Society (Fond du Lac, WI)
    5. Fond du Lac County - Genealogical/Historical Society (History)
    6. Fond du Lac County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    7. Fond du Lac County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    8. Fond du Lac County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    9. Fond du Lac County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    10. Fond du Lac County Vital Records - County Register of Deeds, 160 S Macy St., P.O. Box 509, Fond du Lac, WI 54936.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
        Fond du Lac County - (Local History Web) In 1845 Alto was a sparsely inhabited spot on the Wisconsin frontier.
             (Dutch Settlers in Alto Township)

    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Fond du Lac, WI 1860 Federal Census (Index: Surnames A to Z / Text: multiple township
             listings)


  • Forest County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 3, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Langlade and Oconto Counties.
    Established:  11-Apr-1885
    County Seat:  Crandon, Wisconsin

    County history - Forest County is named for the forest which covered the area when it was settled.

    Forest Courthouse
    GHLL Forest County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Forest County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Forest County Historical and Genealogical Society and Museum / Crandon, WI)
    6. US/WIGenWeb site - Forest County Archives
    7. US/WIGenWeb - Forest County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Forest County Register-deeds, 200 East Madison Street, Crandon, WI 54520-1415.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Florence County (northeast), Marinette County (east), Oconto County (southeast),
             Langlade County (southwest), Oneida County (west), Vilas County (northwest), Iron
                County, Michigan
    (north).



  • Green County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 11, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Monroe, Wisconsin

    County history - Green County is named in honor of Nathanael Green (1742-1786), quartermaster general during the American Revolutionary War.

    Green Courthouse
    GHLL Green County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Green County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Green County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Green County Genealogical Society / Monroe, WI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Green County Historical Society / Monroe, WI)
    7. US/WIGenWeb site - Green County Archives
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Green County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Green County Register Of Deeds, 1016 16th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566-1702.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Dane County (north), Rock County (east), Winnebago County, Illinois (southeast),
             Stephenson County, Illinois (south), Lafayette County (west), Iowa County
             (northwest).



  • Green Lake County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 29, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Marquette County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Green Lake, Wisconsin

    County history - Green Lake County is named for Wisconsin's deepest lake, Green Lake. Green Lake County is one of the smallest counties in the state.

    Green Lake Courthouse
    GHLL Green Lake County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Green Lake County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Green Lake County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dartford Historical Society / Green Lake, WI)
    6. US/WIGenWeb site - Green Lake County Archives
    7. US/WIGenWeb - Green Lake County Genealogy & History
    8. Green Lake County Vital Records - Register Of Deeds, 492 Hill Street, Green Lake, WI 54941.
               Note:  Counties were not required to send copies of all vital records to the state before Oct 1907. Therefore, the most complete set of vital records will be found at the county Registers of Deed's office, not at the state office.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Waushara County (north), Winnebago County (northeast), Fond du Lac County
             (east), Dodge County (southeast), Columbia County (southwest), Marquette
             County (west).

    Census Information:
        1910 Census (T) - ED 102 pages 1-11, ED 103 pages 1-8, ED 104 pages 1-4, ED 105 pages 1-4.


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