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  • Oconto County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 1, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  Oconto, Wisconsin

    County history - Oconto County is named in honor of a Native American settlement and the Oconto River, whose name means "plentiful with fish".

    Oconto Courthouse
    GHLL Oconto 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 - Oconto County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Oconto County Genealogical Society / Suring, WI)
    6. US/WIGenWeb site - Oconto County Archives
    7. US/WIGenWeb - Oconto County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Oconto County Register of Deeds, 301 Washington Street, Oconto, WI 54153.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marinette County (northeast), Brown County (south), Shawano County (southwest),
             Menominee County (west), Langlade County (west), Forest County (northwest).



  • Oneida County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 1, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Lincoln County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1885
    County Seat:  Rhinelander, Wisconsin

    County history - Oneida County is named in honor of The Oneida (or Onayotekaono), meaning the People of the Upright Stone, or standing stone, in Tuscarora) are a Native American/First Nations people.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Oneida County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Oneida County Vital Records - Oneida County Register-deeds, 1 Courthouse Square, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

      Census Information:

      Oneida County - a USGenweb Site.


  • Outagamie County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 1, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Brown County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1861
    County Seat:  Appleton, Wisconsin

    County history - Outagamie County was spelled Utaghamie rather than Outagamie. Both names were anglicized versions of an Algonquin word that referred to a band of Native Americans who had once lived in the Fox River Valley. "Outagamie" is an Anishinaabe term for the Meskwaki (Fox) Indians, which translates to "dwellers of other shore" or "dwellers on the other side of the stream". The French called this same band, Les Reynards (The Fox) and fought a series of wars with them during the early 18th century for control of the trade route along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.

    Outagamie Courthouse
    1. Outagamie County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Outagamie County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Outagamie County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Outagamie County Historical Society
          330 East College Avenue
          Appleton, WI 54911

    4. Outagamie County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Outagamie County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Outagamie County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Outagamie County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Outagamie County Vital Records - Outagamie Vital Records Office, 410 South Walnut Street, Appleton, WI 54911-5936.


  • Ozaukee County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 3, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1853
    County Seat:  Port Washington, Wisconsin

    County history - Ozaukee County derives its name from the Indian word meaning yellow earth or clay, the soil being mostly of that color. The territory of Ozaukee County originally belonged to the Menomonee tribe of Indians, who lived along the western shore of Lake Michigan for some time prior to its settlement by the whites.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Ozaukee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Ozaukee County Vital Records - Ozaukee Register-deeds, 121 West Main Street, Port Washington, WI 53074-1813.
               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. Society/Museum/Assn - (Port Washington Historical Society (Port Washington, WI)


  • Pepin County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Dunn County.
    Established:  25-Feb-1858
    County Seat:  Durand, Wisconsin

    County history - Pepin County is named in honor of French explorers Pierre and Jean Pepin du Chardonnets.

    Pepin Courthouse
    1. Pepin County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Pepin County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Pepin County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Pepin County Historical Society
          315 W Madison St.
          Durand, WI 54736
          Phone: 715-672-5423

         Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
         PO Box 269
         Pepin, WI 54759
         Phone: 715-442-2248

    4. Pepin County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Pepin County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Pepin County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pepin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pepin County Vital Records - Register Of Deeds, 740 7th Avenue West, P.O. Box 39, Durand, WI 54736-1635.
               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.


  • Pierce County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Croix County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1853
    County Seat:  Ellsworth, Wisconsin

    County history - Pierce County is named in honor of Franklin Pierce, Fourteenth President of the United States.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pierce County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pierce County Vital Records - Register of Deeds, County Courthouse, 414 West Main Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011-0119.
               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. Society/Museum/Assn - (St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society (River Falls, WI)


  • Polk County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Croix County in 1848.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1853
    County Seat:  Balsam Lake, Wisconsin

    County history - Polk County is named in honor of James Knox Polk, Eleventh President of the United States.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Polk County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Polk County Vital Records - Register Of Deeds, 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI 54810-9071.
               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.


  • Portage County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the territory of Wisconsin.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Stevens Point, Wisconsin

    County history - Portage County is named for the passage between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Portage County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Portage County Vital Records - Portage County Register-deeds, 1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481-3501.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Portage County (Index: 1 page / Text: 3 pages).


  • Price County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Chippewa and Lincoln Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1879
    County Seat:  Phillips, Wisconsin

    County history - Price County is named in honor of William Thompson Price (June 17, 1824 - December 6, 1886) was a U.S. Representative and president of the Wisconsin Senate from Wisconsin.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Price County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Price County Vital Records - Price County Register Of Deeds, Courthouse Room 108, Phillips, WI 54555-1342.


  • Racine County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 5, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized Wisconsin Territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Racine, Wisconsin

    County history - Racine County is named using the French word for "root", after the Root River, which flows through the county.

    Racine Courthouse
    1. Racine County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Racine County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Racine County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Racine Heritage Association
          701 South Main Street
          Racine, WI 53403-1211

    4. Racine County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Racine County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Racine County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Racine County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Racine County Vital Records - County Register-deeds, 730 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI 53403-1238.
               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. Society/Museum/Assn - (Burlington Historical Society (Burlington, WI)
    10. Racine County - Burlington Historical Society (Burlington, WI)

      Census Information:
    11. 1900 Census (T) - Federal Census Racine County, Wisconsin (ED 40: 4 files)


  • Richland County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Crawford, Sauk and Iowa counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1842
    County Seat:  Richland Center, Wisconsin

    County history - Richland County is named due to the rich soil of the area.

    Richland Courthouse
    1. Richland County - American History & Genealogy Project, (#1)
    2. Richland County - American History & Genealogy Project, (#2)
    3. Richland County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    4. Richland County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Richland County Historical Society
          29448 Pronold Drive
          Richland Center, WI, 53581

    5. Richland County - US/WIGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Richland County - US/WIGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Richland County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Richland County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Richland County Vital Records - Richland County Register-deeds, 181 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, WI 53581-2356.

    10. Richland County Newspapers - Richland Republican and Observer name index

      Census Information:
    11. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Richland County (Text: 1 page).
      Richland County - Wisconsin Genealogy


  • Rock County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the Wisconsin Territory.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Janesville, Wisconsin

    County history - Rock County is named for the Rock River which flows through the county; a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 285 miles (459 km) long, in the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Rock County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Rock County Vital Records - Rock County Register Of Deeds, 51 South Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545-3951.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (German Interest Group / Janesville, WI)


  • Rusk County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Chippewa, formerly Gates County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1901
    County Seat:  Ladysmith, Wisconsin

    County history - Rusk County is named in honor of Jeremiah McLain Rusk (June 17, 1830 - November 21, 1893) was the 15th Governor of the U.S. state of Wisconsin from 1882 to 1889.

    Rusk Courthouse
    GHLL Rusk 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 - Rusk County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Rusk County Historical Society
          N2754 Dicus Road
          Ladysmith, WI 54848

    5. US/WIGenWeb site - Rusk County Archives
    6. US/WIGenWeb - Rusk County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Rusk County Register Of Deeds, 311 Miner Avenue E, Ladysmith, WI 54848-1862.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Sawyer County (north), Price County (east), Taylor County (southeast), Chippewa
                County
    (south), Barron County (west), Washburn County (northwest).



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