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Washburn County, Wisconsin Genealogy


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

County Facts
County seat: Shell Lake
Organized: 1883
Parent County(s): Burnett County[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barron  • Bayfield  • Burnett  • Douglas  • Rusk  • Sawyer
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for Governor Cadwallader C. Washburn. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Washburn County Courthouse
10 W 4th Avenue
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-468-4600
Washburn County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1883.
Clerk of Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1883. [3]

Washburn 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
1883 1883 1883 1883 1883 1883 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1883--Washburn County was created 27 March 1883 from Burnett County.
  • County seat: Shell Lake[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
Ghost towns


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Washburn 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.
1890 2,926
1900 5,521 88.7%
1910 8,196 48.5%
1920 11,377 38.8%
1930 11,103 −2.4%
1940 12,496 12.5%
1950 11,665 −6.7%
1960 10,301 −11.7%
1970 10,601 2.9%
1980 13,174 24.3%
1990 13,772 4.5%
2000 16,036 16.4%
2010 15,911 −0.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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.


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.

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Washburn 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 Washburn:

Spanish-American WarEdit

World War IEdit

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Probate records are held by the Washburn Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Washburn 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.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

  • Area Research Center
    Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin, Superior
    Belknap and Catlin
    P.O. Box 2000
    907 N. 19th St.
    Superior, WI 54880
    Telephone: 715-394-8359
    archives@uwsuper.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

  • Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin, Superior
    Area Research Center
    Belknap and Catlin
    P.O. Box 2000
    907 N. 19th St.
    Superior, WI 54880
    Telephone: 715-394-8359
    archives@uwsuper.edu
    Website
    Facebook

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

  • Washburn County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 366
    Shell Lake, WI 54871
  • Washburn County Historical Society
    PO Box 366
    102 2nd Ave
    Shell Lake, WI 54871
    Phone: 715-468-2982
    Email: WCHS54871@gmail.com
    Website
  • Gordon-Wascott Historical Society
    15785 S Newsome Rd
    Minong, WI 54859
    Phone: 715-466-2268
  • Stone Lake Area Historical Society
    PO Box 95
    Stone Lake, WI 54876
    Phone: 715-865-4734
    Website
  • Birchwood Area Historical Society
    PO Box 247
    Birchwood, WI 54817
    Phone: 715-354-7300

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, "Washburn County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washburn_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), Washburn 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, "Washburn County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washburn_County,_Wisconsin#Communities, accessed 12 Dec 2018.