Douglas County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Superior
Organized: February 9, 1854
Parent County(s): La Pointe[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bayfield  • Burnett  • Carlton (MN)  • Pine (MN)  • St. Louis (MN)  • Sawyer  • Washburn
See County Maps
Superior Douglas Cty Court.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Stephen A. Douglas. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Douglas County Courthouse
1313 Belknap Street
Superior, WI 54880-2769
Phone: 715-395-1341
Douglas County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records from 1878 and land records.
Clerk of Courts has divorce, probate and court records from 1878. [3]

Douglas 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
1878 1878 1878 1878 1854 1878 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]

  • 1854--Douglas County was created 9 February 1854 from La Pointe County.
  • County seat: Superior[5]

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
  • Merriam
  • Millcrest
  • Morrison (Allouez)
  • New Bristol (Martinson)
  • Nutt
  • Pokegama Junction
  • Steele
  • Troy
  • Walbridge
  • Way
  • Wiehe

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 Douglas 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.
1860 812
1870 1,122 38.2%
1880 655 −41.6%
1890 13,468 1956.2%
1900 36,335 169.8%
1910 47,422 30.5%
1920 49,771 5.0%
1930 46,583 −6.4%
1940 47,119 1.2%
1950 46,715 −0.9%
1960 45,008 −3.7%
1970 44,657 −0.8%
1980 44,421 −0.5%
1990 41,758 −6.0%
2000 43,287 3.7%
2010 44,159 2.0%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Douglas 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.


  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Superior, 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, Douglas County - USGenWeb Archives

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Bayfield CountySawyer CountyWashburn CountyBurnett CountyPine CountyCarlton CountySt. Louis CountyWI DOUGLAS.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Douglas 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 Douglas:

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company E

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 Douglas Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Douglas 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]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Douglas County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.

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

  • 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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Douglas County Historical Society
    1011 John Ave
    Superior, WI 54880
    Phone: 715-392-8449
  • Gordon-Wascott Historical Society and Museum
    P.O. 222
    Gordon, WI 54838
    Phone: 715-378-4269
  • Old-Brule Heritage Society, Inc
    PO Box 24
    Maple, WI 5485
  • Solon Springs Historical Society
    11817 S PIERCE RD Rd
    Solon Springs, WI 54873
    Phone: 715-378-2969
  • Twin Ports Genealogical Society
    1626 London Road, Suite 726
    Duluth, MI 55812
    E-mail for

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas 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), Douglas 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, "Douglas County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin, accessed 6 September 2018.