Crawford County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Prairie du Chien
Organized: December 3, 1818
Parent County(s): Michigan Territory
Neighboring Counties
Allamakee (IA)  • Clayton (IA)  • Vernon  • Richland  • Grant
See County Maps
Crawford County Wisconsin CourtHouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William H. Crawford. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Crawford County Courthouse
220 N Beaumont Road
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821-1405
Phone: 608-326-0200
Crawford County Website

County Clerk has birth records from 1866, marriage records from 1820, death and burial records from 1880, divorce and court records from 1848 and probate records from 1819.[2]

Crawford 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1866 1820 1880 1848 1820 1819 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]

  • 1818--Created as original county from Michigan Territory on December 3, 1818.
  • County seat: Prairie du Chien,br>

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities

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 Crawford 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 1,502
1850 2,498 66.3%
1860 8,068 223.0%
1870 13,075 62.1%
1880 15,644 19.6%
1890 15,987 2.2%
1900 17,286 8.1%
1910 16,288 −5.8%
1920 16,772 3.0%
1930 16,781 0.1%
1940 18,328 9.2%
1950 17,652 −3.7%
1960 16,351 −7.4%
1970 15,252 −6.7%
1980 16,556 8.5%
1990 15,940 −3.7%
2000 17,243 8.2%
2010 16,644 −3.5%
Source: "".

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

State Census

Federal 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.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Soldier's Grove

  • Records of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Soldier's Grove, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

Prairie du Chien

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Prairie du Chien, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Wauzeka, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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.

Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Crawford County Records (USGenWeb Archives)

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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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 Crawford 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 Crawford:

- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company M
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin Newspapers Online

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Crawford Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Crawford 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]

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 Crawford County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.

  • Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    Southwest Wisconsin Room-Karrmann Library
    One University Plaza
    Platteville, WI 53818-3099
    Phone: 608-342-1719

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Crawford County. For state-wide library facilities, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.

  • Southwest Wisconsin Room-Karrmann Library
    Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    One University Plaza
    Platteville, WI 53818-3099
    Phone: 608-342-1719
  • The Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical and Historical Research Center
    60401 Wachuta Rd
    Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Prairie du Chien Historical Society
    717 S. Beaumont
    P.O. Box 298
    Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
    Phone: 608-326-6960

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Wisconsin."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crawford 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin#Communities, accessed 12 August 2018.
  5. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.