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  • Jefferson County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 5, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Milwaukee County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1837
    County Seat:  Jefferson, Wisconsin

    County history - Jefferson County is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (1801-1809).

    Jefferson Courthouse
    GHLL Jefferson 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 - Jefferson County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dodge and Jefferson Counties Genealogical Society / Watertown, WI)
    6. US/WIGenWeb - Jefferson County Archives) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    7. US/WIGenWeb site - Jefferson County Archives
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Jefferson County Genealogy & History
    9. Jefferson County Vital Records - Register of Deeds, 320 Main Street, P.O. Box 59, Jefferson, WI 53549.
               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):
             Dodge County (north), Waukesha County (east), Walworth County (southeast),
             Rock County (southwest), Dane County (west).

    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Villgage of Waterton, Towns of Milford, Waterton, Aztalan, Lake Mills, Waterloo, Ixonia,
             Concord, Farmington, Koshonong, Fort Atkinson, Oakland, Jefferson, Hebron, Cold Spring, Palmyra, Sullivan.


  • Juneau County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 5, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Adams County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Mauston, Wisconsin

    County history - Juneau County is named in honor of Solomon Juneau (1793-1856), an early French trader and later founder of the site of Milwaukee, and the first mayor of that city.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Juneau County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Juneau County Vital Records - County Register-deeds, 220 East State St., P.O. Box 100, Mauston, WI 53948-1398.
               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.

    9. Juneau County - Genealogical/Historical Society (Genealogy - disbanded; so stated on the website)

      Census Information:
    10. 1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Juneau County, Wisconsin (Index: Surnames A to Z / Text: 22 pgs)
    11. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Juneau County, Wisconsin (Partial) Several listed townships.


  • Kenosha County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 24, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Racine County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Kenosha, Wisconsin

    County history - Kenosha County named, using a Native American word meaning "place of the pike" (refering to a species of fish who inhabit the lake).

    Kenosha Courthouse
    GHLL Kenosha 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 - Kenosha County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kenosha County Genealogy Society / Kenosha, WI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kenosha County Historical Society & Museum / Kenosha, WI)
    7. US/WIGenWeb site - Kenosha County Archives
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Kenosha County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Kenosha County Register Of Deeds, 1010 56th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140-3738.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Racine County (north), Lake Michigan (east), Lake County, Illinois (southeast), McHenry County,
             Illinois
    (southwest), Walworth County (west).

    Census Information:
        1910 Census (T) - Federal Census, Kenosha County, ED-32 (Text: 5 pages).
        1930 Census (T) - Federal Census, Kenosha County, ED-30 (Text: 5 pages).




  • Kewaunee County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 26, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Manitowoc County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1852
    County Seat:  Kewaunee, Wisconsin

    County history - Kewaunee County is named using either a Potawatomi word meaning "river of the lost" or an Ojibwe word meaning "praire hen", "wild duck" or "to go around".

    Kewaunee Courthouse
    1. Kewaunee County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Kewaunee County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Kewaunee County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Kewaunee County Historical Society / Kewaunee, WI)
    4. Kewaunee County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Kewaunee County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Kewaunee County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Kewaunee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Kewaunee County Vital Records - Kewaunee County Register-deeds, 613 Dodge Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216-1322.


  • La Crosse County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  La Crosse, Wisconsin

    County history - La Crosse County is named in honor of Lacrosse, the team sport of Native American origin mainly among the Huron and Iroquois Tribes. The game was said to be played "for the Creator" or was referred to as "The Creator's Game". Lacrosse, one of the oldest team sports in the Americas, may have developed as early as the 12th century. The French Jesuit missionary, Jean de Br!"beuf, saw Iroquois tribesmen play it in 1637 and was the first European to write about the game.


    La Crosse Courthouse
    1. La Crosse County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. La Crosse County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. La Crosse County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (La Crosse Area Genealogical Society / La Crosse, WI)
    4. La Crosse County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. La Crosse County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. La Crosse County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. La Crosse County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. La Crosse County Vital Records - La Crosse County Register-deeds, 400 4th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601-3227.


  • Lafayette County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Iowa County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1846
    County Seat:  Darlington, Wisconsin

    County history - Lafayette County is named in honor of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (1757-1834), a French general in the American Revolutionary War.

    Lafayette Courthouse
    1. Lafayette County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Lafayette County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lafayette County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Lafayette County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 183
          Darlington, WI 53530
          Phone: 608-776-2755

          Lafayette County Historical Society
          525 Main Street
          Darlington, WI 53530
          Phone: 608-776-8340

    4. Lafayette County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lafayette County - US/WIGenWeb site (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. Lafayette County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Lafayette County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Lafayette County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Lafayette County Vital Records - Lafayette County Register-deeds, 626 Main Street, P.O. Box 170, Darlington, WI 53530-1397.


  • Langlade County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory, formerly New County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1879
    County Seat:  Antigo, Wisconsin

    County history - Langlade County is named in honor of Charles de Langlade (1729  c.1800), who led Indian forces for the French, fought for colonists in the Revolutionary War, and was a United States Indian Agent in Green Bay.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Langlade County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Langlade County Vital Records - Langlade County Register Of Deeds, 800 Clermont St., Antigo, WI 54409-1947.

    10. Langlade County - Wisconsin Biographies


  • Lincoln County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 25, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Lincoln and Oconto Counties (formerly New County, 1874).
    Established:  xx-xxx-1880
    County Seat:  Merrill, Wisconsin

    County history - Lincoln County is named in honor of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), President of the United States 1861-1865.

    Lincoln Courthouse
    1. Lincoln County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Lincoln County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lincoln County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Lincoln County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lincoln County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lincoln County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lincoln County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lincoln County Vital Records - Lincoln County Register Of Deeds, 1110 E Main St., Merrill, WI 54452-2554.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Merrill Historical Society (Merrill, WI)


  • Manitowoc County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized Native American lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    County Seat:  Manitowoc, Wisconsin

    County history - Manitowoc County is named from a Native American word, Munedoo-owk, an Ojibwe word meaning "the place of the good spirit".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Manitowoc County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Manitowoc County Vital Records - Manitowoc Register-deeds, P.O. Box 421, Manitowoc, WI 54221.

    9. Manitowoc County Genealogy - Linking the present with the past.
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pinecrest Historical Village & Heritage Center / Pinecrest, WI)


  • Marathon County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Portage County, 1807.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Wausau, Wisconsin

    County history - Marathon County is named in honor of Marathon, Greece, an ancient Greek city-state, a contemporary town in Greece, the site of the battle of Marathon in 490 BC, in which the heavily outnumbered Athenian army defeated the Persians.
             Marathon is the Greek word for fennel. It is believed that the Greek town was originally named so because of an abundance of fennel plants in the area.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Marathon County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Marathon County Vital Records - Marathon County Register of Deeds, 500 Forest Street, Wausau, WI 54403.

      Census Information:
    9. 1880 Census (T) - Federal Census, Marathon County, ED-85 (Text: 2 pages).


  • Marinette County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 14, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territory that was formerly part of Oconto County.
    Established:  27-Feb-1879
    County Seat:  Marinette, Wisconsin

    County history - Marinette County is named in honor of "Queen" Marinette, the Menominee woman married to two traders in succession. "She was not a queen, and her name is probably a contraction of Marie Antoinette," states the Dictionary of Wisconsin History. She lived here from the 1820s until her death in 1865.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Marinette County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Marinette County Vital Records - Marinette County Register Of Deeds, 1926 Hall Avenue, Marinette, WI 54143-1717.

      Marinette County - General History and Genealogical Interests


  • Marquette County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 14, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands known as the Marquette District.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Montello, Wisconsin

    County history - Marquette County is named in honor of Father Pere Jacques Marquette, missionary and explorer.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Marquette County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Marquette County Vital Records - Marquette County Register Deeds, PO Box 236, Montello, WI 53949.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Marquette County, Wisconsin (11 Files)
    10. 1900 Census (T) - Federal Census Marquette County, Wisconsin (ED 93: 5 pages)


  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1835
    County Seat:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    County history - Milwaukee County is named, using a Native American word, Mahnawaukee-Seepe, meaning "gathering place by the river".

    Milwaukee Courthouse
    1. Milwaukee County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Milwaukee County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Milwaukee County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Milwaukee County Historical Society (Milwaukee, WI)
    4. Milwaukee County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Milwaukee County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Milwaukee County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Milwaukee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Milwaukee County Vital Records - Register of Deeds, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

    9. Milwaukee County - Historic Whitefish Bay
    10. Milwaukee Archives - The Archives comprise the Milwaukee Area Research Center, the University of Wisconsin--
               Milwaukee Manuscript Collection, and the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Archives.
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (African American Genealogical Society (Milwaukee, WI)
    12. Society/Museum/Assn - (Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI)
    13. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wauwatosa Historical Society (Wauwatosa, WI)

      Census Information:
    14. 1850 Census (I) & (T) - Federal Census Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (Townships of:  Franklin, Granville, Greenfield,
               Lake, Milaukee, Oak Creek and wauwatosa)


  • Monroe County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of La Crosse County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1854
    County Seat:  Sparta, Wisconsin

    County history - Monroe County is named in honor of James Monroe (April 28, 1758 - July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States (1817 1825). Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States, and the last president from the Virginia dynasty and the Republican Generation. His presidency was marked both by an "Era of Good Feelings"  a period of relatively little partisan strife  and later by the Panic of 1819 and a fierce national debate over the admission of the Missouri Territory. Monroe is most noted for his proclamation of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, which stated that the United States would not tolerate further European intervention in the Americas.


    Monroe Courthouse
    GHLL Monroe County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Monroe County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Monroe County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Monroe County Historical Society / Sparta, WI)
    6. US/WIGenWeb site - Monroe County Archives
    7. US/WIGenWeb - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Monroe County Genealogy & History
    9. Monroe County Vital Records - Register of Deeds, Administrative Center, 202 S "K" St Rm 2, Sparta, WI 54656-2187.
               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):
             Jackson County (north), Juneau County (east), Vernon County (south), La Crosse
                County
    (west).



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