Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Fond du Lac
Organized: December 7, 1836
Parent County(s): Brown[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calumet  • Dodge  • Green Lake  • Sheboygan  • Washington  • Winnebago
See County Maps
Fond du Lac county courthouse.jpg
Location Map
WI Fond du Lac.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Fond du Lac which is French for "bottom of the lake". The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fond du Lac County Courthouse
160 S. Macy Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4241
Phone: 920-929-3000
Fond du Lac County Website

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1847, marriage records from 1844, death records from 1868 and land records.
Clerk of Courts has divorce and court records.
Probate Office has probate records.
Veterans Office has military records. [3]

Fond du Lac 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
1847 1844 1868 1844 1836 1839 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]

  • 1836--Fond du Lac County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown County.
  • County seat: Fond du Lac[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

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 Fond du Lac 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 139
1850 14,510 10338.8%
1860 34,154 135.4%
1870 46,273 35.5%
1880 46,859 1.3%
1890 44,088 −5.9%
1900 47,589 7.9%
1910 51,610 8.4%
1920 56,119 8.7%
1930 59,883 6.7%
1940 62,353 4.1%
1950 67,829 8.8%
1960 75,085 10.7%
1970 84,567 12.6%
1980 88,964 5.2%
1990 90,083 1.3%
2000 97,296 8.0%
2010 101,633 4.5%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Fond du Lac 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.

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 CountyDodge CountyWashington CountySheboygan CountyCalumet CountyWinnebago CountyWI FOND DU LAC.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 Fond du Lac 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 Fond du Lac:

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies, B, C, D, E, F and I
- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company A
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company C
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Companies B and H
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H with men from the town of Forest, which is found in Fond du Lac County, Richland County, St. Croix County or Vernon County

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

US Army Enlistees from Fond du Lac County (USGenWeb Archives)

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 Fond du Lac Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Fond du Lac 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.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files - FamilySearch Historical Records

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 Fond du Lac 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]

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 Fond du Lac County. For state-wide library facilities, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Fond du Lac 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, "Fond du Lac 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), Fond du Lac 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, "Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin, accessed 7 September 2018.