Washburn County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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


Walworth County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Walworth County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
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Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded 1883
County Seat Shell Lake
Address Washburn County Courthouse
10 W 4th Avenue
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715.468.4600
[www.co.washburn.wi.us Washburn County Website]

County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1883 1890 1883 1883

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Washburn County Courthouse
10 W 4th Avenue
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715.468.4600 

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records
marriage, death and land records from 1883;
Clerk of Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1883 [1]

10 Fourth Ave
PO Box 607
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-468-4616
Fax: 715-468-4658

established 1883

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1883--Washburn County was created 27 March 1883 fromBurnett County.  County seat: Shell Lake [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Washburn County, Wisconsin Link[edit | edit source]

Washburn County

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]


Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Barron  • Bayfield  • Burnett  • Douglas  • Rusk  • Sawyer

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WIGenWeb Archives
WITombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

  • 1855 - 1855 Wisconsin State Census This census includes name of head of family; other individuals in the household are identified by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.
  • 1865 - 1865 Wisconsin State Census Name index and images of the 1865 State Census which names the head of household. Most records have been destroyed but schedules exist for the following counties: Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.
  • 1875 - 1875 Wisconsin State Census Identifies head of household by name.
  • 1885 - Wisconsin State Census, 1885 at FamilySearch — index and images. Search indexed census.  Identifies by name of head of household.  Other information is statistical and identifies the rest of the household by race, gender and country of birth.
  • 1895 - Wisconsin State Census, 1895 at FamilySearch — index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical.
  • 1905 - Wisconsin State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Crime and Criminals[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

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

Germans[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
Spanish American War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Washburn Historial Society
1 East Bayfield
Washburn 54891

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
Telephone: 715-468-2982

Gordon-Wascott Historical Society
15785 S Newsome Rd
Minong, WI 54859
Telephone: 715-466-2268

Stone Lake Area Historical Society
PO Box 95
Stone Lake, WI 54876
Telephone: 715-865-4734

Birchwood Area Historical Society
PO Box 247
Birchwood, WI 54817
Telephone: 715-354-7300

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 760 Washburn County, Wisconsin
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).