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Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy


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

County Facts
County seat: Manitowac
Organized: December 7, 1836
Parent County(s): Brown County[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Calumet  • Kewaunee  • Sheboygan
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Manitowoc County Courthouse
1010 S 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: 920-683-4000
Manitowoc County Website

Register of Deeds has births, marriage and deed records from 1850, land and military records.
Clerk of Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records. [3]

Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Record DatesEdit

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
1850 1850 1850 1848 1835 1850 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record LossEdit

The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1852.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Boundary ChangesEdit

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

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

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Manitowoc 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 235
1850 3,702 1475.3%
1860 22,416 505.5%
1870 33,364 48.8%
1880 37,505 12.4%
1890 37,831 0.9%
1900 42,261 11.7%
1910 44,978 6.4%
1920 51,644 14.8%
1930 58,674 13.6%
1940 61,617 5.0%
1950 67,159 9.0%
1960 75,215 12.0%
1970 82,294 9.4%
1980 82,918 0.8%
1990 80,421 −3.0%
2000 82,887 3.1%
2010 81,442 −1.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

State Census

Federal Census

  • 1850 - 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1860 - 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1870 - 1870 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1880 - 1880 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1890 - 1890 U.S. Federal Census - Records were destroyed by fire and are not avaiable for Manitowoc County.
  • 1900 - 1900 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1910 - 1910 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1920 - 1920 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1930 - 1930 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org

Church RecordsEdit

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.

Catholic church records for Manitowoc County churches can be found at the Green Bay Diocese Archives.

Lutheran
First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($) and at Ancestry.com [1] ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Manitowoc County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($) and at Ancestry.com [2].


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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.

  • Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Manitowoc County (USGenWeb Archives)

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Manitowoc 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 Manitowoc:

- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F

World War IEdit

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Probate records are held by the Manitowoc Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Manitowoc 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 RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

  • Pre-1907 Births, Marriages and Deaths at Archives and Area Research Center, Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay - $, the research center will make a search

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

  • Archives and Area Research Center
    Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    2420 Nicolet Dr.
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
    Phone: 920-465-2539
    Email: archives@uwgb.edu
    Website
    Facebook

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

LibrariesEdit

  • Manitowoc Public Library
    707 Quay Street
    Manitowoc, WI 54220
    Phone: 920-686-3000
    Website
  • Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    Archives and Area Research Center
    2420 Nicolet Dr.
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
    Phone: 920-465-2539
    Email: archives@uwgb.edu
    Website
    Facebook

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Manitowoc County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 1745
    Manitowoc, WI 54221-1745
    Website
    Email: MCGS1745@live.com
  • Manitowoc County Historical Society
    1701 Michigan Ave
    Manitowoc, WI 54220
    Phone: 920-684-4445
    Website

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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, "Manitowoc County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitowoc_County,_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), Manitowoc 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, "Manitowoc County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitowoc_County,_Wisconsin, accessed 21 September 2018.