Barron County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Barron County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Barron
Organized: March 4, 1869
Parent County(s): Dallas[1]
Neighboring Counties
Burnett  • Chippewa  • Dunn  • Polk  • Rusk  • St. Croix  • Sawyer  • Washburn
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Courthouse
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County Information

Description

The County was named for Henry D. Barron. The County has Barron as its seat and the County was created 1874. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Barron County Courthouse
330 E La Salle Avenue
Barron, WI 54812-1591
Phone: 715-537-6200
Barron County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records.
Register in Probate has probate records.[3]

Barron County, Wisconsin Record Dates

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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1877 1868 1870 1880 1860

Record Loss

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

Missing: original Death Books from Barron County Deeds Office: Vol. C, Vol. E.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1869 - Barron County was created 4 March 1869 by the renaming of Dallas County.
  • County seat: Barron[4]

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.

Township Organization

  • Barron County embraces twenty-five Government survey township, divided into twenty-three political towns. Each of the political towns coincides witha Government survey township, except Maple Grove, Chetek, Dallas and Dovre, which occupy one and a half Government survey township.
    • Barron Township occupies Township 34, Range 12. The entire county originally embraced but one town, called Dallas. Feb. 6, 1869, the county board ordered that the name of the town should be changed to Barron.
    • Chetek Township occupies Township 33, Range 10; and the east half of Township 33, Range 11. The town was created March 30, 1874. It then consisted of Township 32, Range 11; and all of the east half of Township 33, Range 11, lying south and west of Lake Chetek.
    • Sumner Township occupies Township 34, Range 10. The town was created March 30, 1874, and then consisted of the north half of Township 33, Range 10; Township 34, Range 10; the west half of Township 35, Range 10; all that part of Township 33, Range 11, lying north and east of Lake Chetek; and Sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 36, in Township 34, Range 11.
    • Stanfold Township occupies Township 35, Range 12. The town was created March 30 1874. It then embaraced Township 36, Ranges 10 and 11; the west half of Township 35, Range 10; the eastern third of Township 35, Range 11.
    • Prairie Farm Township occupies Township 32, Range 13. The town was created March 30, 1874. It then embraced Townships 32 and 33, Range 13; and Townships 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36, Range 14.
    • Dallas Township occupies Township 32, Range 12. Originally the whole county was known as Dallas. The name was changed to Barron on Feb. 6, 1869, and then there was no Dallas Township until March 30, 1874, when the present Dallas Township was created with its present boundaries.
    • Lakeland Township occupies Township 36, Range 13. It was created Dec. 30 1975, and embraced Townships 34, 35 and 36, Range 14; Township 35, Range 13; and Sections 31, 32, 33 and 34 in Township 36, Range 13. It will be seen that the town as thus created embraced but four sections of the present township.The first town meeting was ordered held at the home of R. H. Clothier, in Section 18, Township 35, Range13. Jan. 1, 1880, the name of the town was changed to Cumberland. for some years there was no Lakeland Township. Nov. 10, 1901, a new Lakeland Township was created, embracing Township 36, Ranges 13 and 14.
    • Rice Lake Township occupies Township 35, Range 11. Then town was created March 30, 1874. It embraced the western two-thirds of Township 35, Range 11; all of Township 35 and 36, Range 12; Township 36, Range 13; and all of Township 34, Range 11, except Sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 35 and 36. The first town meeting was ordered held in the court house. The name of the town was changed to Stanley by a vote of the county board, on May 11, 1882. then 1895, the voters of Township 35, Range 11, expressed themselves favorable to a separation from the then town of Stanfold, and the county board confirmed the act Nov. 10, 1896.
    • Prairie Farm Township occupies Township 32, Range 13. The town was created March 30, 1874. It then embraced Townships 32 and 33, Range 13; and Townships 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36, Range 14.
    • Dallas Township occupies Township 32, Range 12. Originally the whole county was known as Dallas. The name was changed to Barron on Feb. 6, 1869, and then there was no Dallas Township until March 30, 1874.
    • Lakeland Township occupies Township 36, Range 13. It was created Dec. 30, 1875, and embraced Townships 34, 35 and 36, Range 14; Township 35, Range 13; and Sections 31, 32, 33 and 34 in Township 36, Range 13.It will be seen that the town as thus created embraced but four sections of the present township. The first town meeting was ordered held at the home of R. H. Clothier, in Section 18, Township 35, Range 13. Jan 1, 1880, the name of the Township. Nov. 10, 1901, a new Lakeland Township was created, embracing Township 36, Ranges 13 and 14.
    • Cedar Lake Township occupies Township 36, Range 10. It was created March 21, 1876, and then embraced Townships 35 and 36, Range 10.
    • Maple Grove Township occupies Township 33, Range 12; and the west half of Township 33, Range 11. It was created with its present boundaries, March 22, 1876.
    • Clinton Township occupies Township 34, Range 13. It was created March 22, 1876, and then embraced the north half of Township 33, Range 13, and all of Township 34, Range 13.
    • Turtle Lake Township occupies Township 33, Range 14. It was created May 9, 1879, and occupied Townships 33 and 34, Range 14.
    • Dovre Township occupies Township 32, Range 10; and the east half of Township 32, Range 11. It was created Nov. 13, 1879, and embraced Township 32, Range 10; and all of Township 32, Range 11, east of the Menomonie (Red Cedar) River.
    • Vance Creek Township occupies Township 32, Range 14. It was created Jan. 3, 1882, with its present area.
    • Stanley Township embraces Township 34, Range 11. The name came into existence May 11, 1882, when the board ordered that the old town of Rice Lake, created March 30, 1874, should henceforth be known as Stanley. Later another Rice Lake Township was created.
    • Oak Grove Township occupies Township 36, Range 11. it was created Nov. 11, 1884, to take effect March 31, 1885. It embraced Township 36, Range 11 and 12.
    • Almena Township embraces Township 34, Range 14. It was set off from Turtle Lake on Nov. 8, 1899.
    • Bear Lake Township embraces Township 36, Range 12. It was created from Oak Grove Township, Nov. 12, 1901.
    • Crystal Lake Township embraces Township 35, Range 14. The county duly created the new township on Nov. 12, 1902.
    • Doyle Township embraces Township 35, Range 10, west. The new town of Doyle, named for John J. Doyle, a pioneer, was accordingly created by the county board on Nov. 12, 1903.
    • Arland Township embraces Township 33, Range 13. It was set off from Clinton and Prairie Farm by the county board on Nov. 16, 1904.
    • Maple Plain Township embraces Township 36, Range 14. It was set off from Lakeland by the county board on Nov. 15, 1906.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Barron County, Wisconsin:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Barron 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

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

State Census

  • 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 Records

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.

Directory of Churches in Barron WI

Barron County Churches Part of the Wisconsin GenWeb Project

Lutheran

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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Barron County WI Map 1888

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I

Regiments. Service men in Barron 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 Barron:

World War II

Barron County Army Enlistees

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Barron County News-Shield: established in 1876

Barron County News: established in 1900

Newspapers on film available: 6 Oct 1876 - May 2009

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

Tax Records

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

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.

  • Barron County database: Index to birth, marriages, death, and divorce records from local newspapers and covers the years 1900-1950.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

  • University Archives/Area Research Center
    Robert S. Swanson Library, University of Wisconsin, Stout
    315 Tenth Ave.
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Phone: 715-232-2300
    Email: archives@uwstout.edu
    Website

Family History Centers

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.

Libraries

  • Barron Public Library
    10 North 3rd St
    Barron, WI 54812
    Phone: 715-537-3881
    Website
    This site has links to genealogy information.
  • Robert S. Swanson Library, University of Wisconsin, Stout
    University Archives/Area Research Center
    315 Tenth Ave.
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Phone: 715-232-2300
    Email: archives@uwstout.edu
    Website

Museums

  • Barron County Historical Society Museum
    1870 13 1/2 Ave
    Cameron, WI 54822-9511
    Website

Societies

  • Barron County Historical Society
    1870 13 1/2 Ave
    Cameron, WI 54822-9511
    Website
  • Blue Hills Genealogical Society-Barron County, Inc.
    PO Box 383
    Cameron, WI 54822
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Barron County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barron_County,_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), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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.