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  • Saint Croix County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the Territory of Wisconsin.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1840
    County Seat:  Hudson, Wisconsin

    County history - Saint Croix County has the same name as the bordering river, named from Monsieur St. Croix, an explorer who drowned at the mouth of the river late in the seventeenth century. Another account said Father Hennepin gave this region the French name St. Croix (originally Ste Croix) which means Holy Cross.

    Saint Croix Courthouse
    GHLL Saint Croix 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 - Saint Croix County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Saint Croix County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Saint Croix Valley Genealogical Society / River Falls, WI)
    6. Saint Croix County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Saint Croix County Historical Society / Hudson, WI)
    7. US/WIGenWeb site - Saint Croix County Archives
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Saint Croix County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Saint Croix County Register Of Deeds, 1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson, WI 54016-7708.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Polk County (north), Barron County (northeast), Dunn County (east), Pierce County
             (south), Washington County, Minnesota (west).



  • Sauk County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Sauk Indian Territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1840
    County Seat:  Baraboo, Wisconsin

    County history - Sauk County is named for the Sauk Indian Tribe of the area.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sauk County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sauk County Vital Records - Register Of Deeds, 505 Broadway Street, Baraboo, WI 53913-2401.
               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:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - Spring Green Township (3 pages)
    10. 1870 Census (T) - Baraboo Post Office


  • Sawyer County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Ashland and Chippewa Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1883
    County Seat:  Hayward, Wisconsin

    County history - Sawyer County is named in honor of Philetus Sawyer (1816-1900), United States Representative (1865-1875) and Senator (1881-1893) from Wisconsin.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sawyer County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sawyer County Vital Records - Sawyer County Register of Deeds, P.O. Box 686, 10610 Main Street, Hayward, WI 54843.


  • Shawano County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 5, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Oconto County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1853
    County Seat:  Shawano, Wisconsin

    County history - Shawano County is named, using a modified Ojibwa term meaning "southern";[2][3] A Menominee Chief named Sawanoh led a band that lived in the area.[4] Many citizens of Shawano believe the lake, county, and city (Town of Shawanaw founded 1853 and changed to Shawano in 1856), were named after Chief Sawanoh, despite a historical marker placed in 1958 near the lake along Highway 22 which claims the lake was named because it was the southern boundary of Chippewa territory.


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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Shawano County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Shawano County Vital Records - Shawano Register-deeds, 311 N Main St, Shawano, WI 54166-2145.
               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. Shawano County - Shawano County Biographies
    10. Shawano County - Shawano County Genealogy

      Census Information:
    11. 1900 Census (T) - Federal Census Shawano County, Wisconsin (ED 157: 5 files)


  • Sheboygan County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory of Native American lands, 1836.
    Established:  17-Dec-1838
    County Seat:  Sheboygan, Wisconsin

    County history - Sheboygan County is named using a Native American word, "Shawb-wa-way-kun", meaning "great noise underground".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sheboygan County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sheboygan County Vital Records - Sheboygan County Register Of Deeds, 615 N 6th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081-4612.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sheboygan County Historical Research Center / Sheboygan Falls, WI)

      Census Information:
    10. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Sheboygan County (Text: 17 pages).


  • Taylor County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Chippewa, Clark, Lincoln and Marathon Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1875
    County Seat:  Medford, Wisconsin

    County history - Taylor County is named in honor of William Robert Taylor (1820-1909), Governor of Wisconsin 1874-1876.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Taylor County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Taylor County Vital Records - Taylor County Register of Deeds, PO Box 403, Medford, WI 54451.


  • Trempealeau County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Crawford and LaCrosse Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1854
    County Seat:  Whitehall, Wisconsin

    County history - Trempealeau County is named for Trempealeau Mountain (from the French for "mountain with its foot in the water"), a bluff located in a bend of the Trempealeau River, which flows through the county.

    Trempealeau Courthouse
    1. Trempealeau County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Trempealeau County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Trempealeau County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Trempealeau County Historical Society
          W19092 State Road 54
          Galesville, WI, 54630

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Trempealeau County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Trempealeau County Vital Records - Trempealeau County Courthouse, Register of Deeds, Room 106, P.O. Box 67, Whitehall, WI 54773.


  • Washington County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 23, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Indian lands [a territorial County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  West Bend, Wisconsin

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of George Washington, First President of the United States.

    Washington Courthouse
    1. Washington County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Washington County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Washington County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Washington County Historical Society
          340 South 5th Avenue
          West Bend, WI 53095

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Washington County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Washington County Vital Records - Register of Deeds, 432 East Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53095-2530.
               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:
    9. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Twps. of:  Port Washington, Wayne, Addison, West Bend, North Bend, Farmington, Trenton,
               Fredonia, Saukville, Belgium, Port Washington Districe 15, Cedarburg, Polk, Port Washington, Polk and
               Mequon.
    10. 1880 Census (T) - Town of Wayne


  • Waukesha County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Milwaukee County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1846
    County Seat:  Waukesha, Wisconsin

    County history - Waukesha County is named from the Native American (Pottawatomi) word, Waugooshance, meaning "little foxes"

    Waukesha Courthouse
    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 - Waukesha County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Danube Cultural Society of Southeastern Wisconsin / New Berlin, WI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Waukesha Co. Historical Society & Museum / Waukesha, WI)
    7. US/WIGenWeb site - Waukesha County Archives
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Waukesha County Genealogy & History
    9. Waushara County Vital Records - Waushara County Register-deeds, 209 South Saint Marie, Wautoma, WI 54982.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings): Portage County (north), Waupaca County (northeast),
             Winnebago County (east), Green Lake County (south), Marquette County (south),
             Adams County (west).

        Waukesha County - a WIGenWeb and Local History Network



  • Waupaca County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Brown and Winnebago Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  Waupaca, Wisconsin

    County history - Waupaca County is derived from the Native American word, wau-pa-ka-ho-nak, a Menominee word meaning "white sand bottom" or "brave young hero".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Waupaca County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Waupaca County Vital Records - Waupaca Vital Records Office, 109 South Main, Waupaca, WI 54981.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Waupaca Area Genealogical Society / King, WI)

      Census Information:
    10. 1920 Census (T) - Federal Census, Waupaca County, ED-125 (Text: 5 pages).


  • Waushara County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 9, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Marquette County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  Wautoma, Wisconsin

    County history - Waushara County is taken from a Native American word meaning "good earth".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Waushara County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Waushara County Vital Records - Waushara County Register-deeds, 209 South Saint Marie, Wautoma, WI 54982.


  • Winnebago County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial [Winnebago tribal] lands in 1838.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1840
    County Seat:  Oshkosh, Wisconsin

    County history - Winnebago County is named for the Winnebago Indian Nation.

    Winnebago Courthouse
    1. Winnebago County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Winnebago County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Winnebago County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Winnebagoland Genealogical Society (Winnebago, WI)
    4. Winnebago County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society
               (Winnebago, WI
      )

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Winnebago County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Winnebago County Vital Records - Register Of Deeds, P.O. Box 2808, 415 Jackson Street, Oshkosh, WI 54903.
               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:
    10. 1840 Census (T) - Entire County
    11. 1860 Census (T) - Township of Algoma:  Pg 1 of 2, Pg 2 of 2
    12. 1870 Census (T) - Townships of Black Wolf, Eureka, Omro, Oshkosh, Rushford, Vinland, TUtica, Poygan, Winneconne,
               Village of Winneconne and Wolf River
    13. 1930 Census (T) - Townships of Algoma, Black Wolf, Poygan, Winchester, Winneconne and Winneconne Village


  • Wood County, Wisconsin —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 23, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Portage County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

    County history - Wood County is named in honor of Joseph Wood (October 16, 1809 - February 5, 1890) who was an American pioneer, merchant and legislator (1856-1858) from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

    Wood Courthouse
    GHLL Wood County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Wood County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Wood County, WI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society / Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (North Wood County Historical Society / Marshfield, WI)
    7. US/WIGenWeb site - Wood County Archives
    8. US/WIGenWeb - Wood County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Wood County Register Of Deeds, 400 Market Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494-4868.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marathon County (north), Portage County (east), Adams County (southeast),
             Juneau County (south), Jackson County (southwest), Clark County (northwest).


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