Dodge County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Juneau
Organized: December 7, 1836
Parent County(s): Brown, Milwaukee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Columbia  • Dane  • Fond du Lac  • Green Lake  • Jefferson  • Washington  • Waukesha
See County Maps
Dodge County Wisconsin Administration Building.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dodge County Courthouse
127 E Oak Street
Juneau, WI 53039
Phone: 920-386-3600
Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1877.
Clerk of Courts has divorce and court records.
Register in Probate has probate records from 1854.[3]
Dodge County Website

Dodge 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
1877 1877 1877 1844 1877 1854 1820
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1877 A fire in 1877 destroyed birth, marriage, and death records prior to that date, though the indexes still refer to the records.

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

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 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 Dodge 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 67
1850 19,138 28464.2%
1860 42,818 123.7%
1870 47,035 9.8%
1880 45,931 −2.3%
1890 44,984 −2.1%
1900 46,631 3.7%
1910 47,436 1.7%
1920 49,742 4.9%
1930 52,092 4.7%
1940 54,280 4.2%
1950 57,611 6.1%
1960 63,170 9.6%
1970 69,004 9.2%
1980 75,064 8.8%
1990 76,559 2.0%
2000 85,897 12.2%
2010 88,759 3.3%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Dodge 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.

  • Church records, 1880-1930. First United Methodist Church in Hartford, Wisconsin. Text in English and German. Contains officials, members, statistics 1880-1899, baptisms, marriages, and deaths 1893-1930. Records also include congregations in Horicon, Clyman and Juneau in Dodge County.


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]

Green Lake CountyFond du Lac CountyWashington CountyWaukesha CountyJefferson CountyDane CountyColumbia CountyWI DODGE.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 Dodge 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 Dodge:

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies B, C, D, K and M
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company K
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D;
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Companies C, D, F and H
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D(These men were from the town of Hartford. There is a town of Hartford in both Dodge and |Washington Counties.)
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies B, E, and K

Spanish-American War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

  • Dodge County Army Enlistees (USGenWeb Archives)

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin Newspapers Online

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb Archives has 21 obituaries listed. Scroll down to the Obituary Heading for the list.

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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

The library also has a hard copy index: Index to Wisconsin Delayed and Affidavit Birth Registrations prior to 1 October 1907; 977.5, V22i. Delayed births are arranged by county, then date of registration. Affidavit delayed births are arranged by county, then date of birth.

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

  • Area Research Center
    Polk Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
    800 Algoma Blvd.
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    Phone: 920-424-1234
    Contact info

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

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, "Dodge 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), Dodge 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, "Dodge County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin, accessed 6 September 2018.