Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Guide to Sheboygan County, Wisconsin ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Sheboygan
Organized: March 11, 1848
Parent County(s): Brown[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calumet  • Fond du Lac  • Manitowoc  • Ozaukee  • Washington
See County Maps
Sheboygan County Courthouse WI.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Sheboygan River. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sheboygan County Courthouse
615 N 6th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone: 920-459-3003
Sheboygan County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1872.
Clerk of Circuit Courts has divorce, court and naturalization records form 1850.
Register in Probate has probate records records form 1850. [3]

Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1872 1872 1872 1850 1835 1850 1820
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1836--Sheboygan County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown County.
  • County seat: Sheboygan[5]

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 133
1850 8,379 6200.0%
1860 26,875 220.7%
1870 31,749 18.1%
1880 34,206 7.7%
1890 42,489 24.2%
1900 50,345 18.5%
1910 54,888 9.0%
1920 59,913 9.2%
1930 71,235 18.9%
1940 76,221 7.0%
1950 80,631 5.8%
1960 86,484 7.3%
1970 96,660 11.8%
1980 100,935 4.4%
1990 103,877 2.9%
2000 112,646 8.4%
2010 115,507 2.5%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Sheboygan census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Wisconsin denominations, view the Wisconsin Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]


Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Wisconsin Land and Property for additional information about early Wisconsin land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Manitowoc CountyCalumet CountyFond du Lac CountyWashington CountyOzaukee CountyWI SHEBOYGEN.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Sheboygan served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Sheboygan:

- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies B and F
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company A

World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Sheboygan Press, Ancestry ($)
  • Various newspapers: Sheboygan Press Telegram, The Sheboygan Daily Press, Daily Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), The Sheboygan Mercury. Ancestry ($)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Sheboygan Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Sheboygan Courthouse. See the wiki page Wisconsin Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, and adoptions.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned property or other items that could be taxed were listed, some residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records. For more information see the Wiki page, Wisconsin Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Most counties started keeping records in the 1870s. In 1907, the counties began sending copies to the state.

For pre-1907 births, deaths, and marriages, search the Wisconsin Genealogy Index.

For additional information, see Wisconsin Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

In the Wisconsin birth index Sheboygan County births are listed as St Croix.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Sheboygan County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.

  • Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, Division of Archives and Special Collections
    Golda Meir Library, Room W250
    2311 East Hartford Avenue
    PO Box 604
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
    Phone: 414-229-5402
  • Sheboygan County Historical Research Center
    504 Broadway
    Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
    Telephone: 920-467-4667

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Sheboygan County. For state-wide library facilities, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.

  • Golda Meir Library - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Area Research Center, Milwaukee, Division of Archives and Special Collections
    Golda Meir Library, Room W250
    2311 East Hartford Avenue
    PO Box 604
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
    Phone: 414-229-5402

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Sheboygan County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Wisconsin Societies.

  • Sheboygan County Historical Society
    3110 Erie Ave
    Sheboygan, WI 53081
    Phone: 920-458-4403
  • Sheboygan County Genealogical Society
    518 Water St
    Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
  • Plymouth Genealogical Society
    317 E Main St
    Plymouth, WI 530673
  • Plymouth Historical Society
    405 Collins St
    Plymouth, WI 53073
    Phone: 920-892-6228
  • Random Lake Area Historical Society
    78 Butler Street
    Random Lake, WI, 53075
    Phone: 920-994-4682
  • Kiel Area Historical Society
    N9654 Anderson Ct.
    Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
    Phone: 920-894-2085

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Sheboygan County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Wisconsin."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Page 755-760, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 757-759.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Sheboygan County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin#Communities, accessed 31 Dec 2018.