Brown County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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United States
Wisconsin
Brown County

Guide to Brown 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: Green Bay
Organized: October 26, 1818
Parent County(s): Michigan Territory
Neighboring Counties
Calumet  • Door  • Kewaunee  • Manitowoc  • Oconto  • Outagamie  • Shawano
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Jacob Brown. The County has Green Bay as its seat and the County was created 1818. The County is located in the east area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse

Brown County Courthouse
305 E Walnut Street
PO Box 23600
Green Bay, WI 54305-3600
Phone: 920-448-4016
Brown County Website

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1846, marriage records from 1821, death records from 1834, and land records.
Clerk of the Court has divorce and court records from 1832.
Register in Probate has probate records from 1828.[2]

Brown 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
1814 1823 1820 1824 1820

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1818--Brown County was created 26 October 1818 from Michigan Territory.
  • County seat: Green Bay[3]

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.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Brown County, Wisconsin:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Brown 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 Brown census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.

State Census

  • 1820 - Enumerated in Michigan Census[4]
  • 1830 - Enumerated in Michigan Census[5]
  • 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.

Federal Census

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.

Lutheran

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Green Bay, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives ($).

Court Records

1823-1939: Circuit Court case files are available at:

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.

1820-1873: General Index to Deeds and Mortgages,
1820-1902: Deeds and Mortgages, and
1859-1980: Tax Rolls
Available at:

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Brown 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 Brown:

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company G
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company D
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies F and G

World War I

World War II

Brown County WWII Army Enlistees from USGenWeb Archives:

Naturalization and Citizenship

1829-1984: Records are housed at:

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

1821-1976: Records available at:

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.

  • Register of Deeds has birth records from 1846,
    marriage records from 1821, death records from 1834 and land records
  • Clerk Court has divorce and court
    records from 1832;
  • Pre-1907 Births, Marriages and Deaths at Archives and Area Research Center, Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay - $, the research center will make a search

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

  • Green Bay Catholic Diocese Archives
    PO Box 23825
    Green Bay, WI 54305-3825
    Phone: 920-272-8187
    Website
  • Archives and Area Research Center
    Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    2420 Nicolet Dr.
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
    Phone: 920-465-2539
    Email: archives@uwgb.edu
    Website
    Facebook

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

  • Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    Archives and Area Research Center
    2420 Nicolet Dr.
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
    Phone: 920-465-2539
    Email: archives@uwgb.edu
    Website
    Facebook

Museums

The Neville Public Museum welcomes visitors to use the collections by appointment. The Neville Public Museum staff provides all possible assistance to users of the Neville’s collections. Requests for an appointment are made by email, mail, or telephone and may be limited by staff time, availability, and the nature of the request. A fee may also be charged.

Societies

  • Brown County Historical Society
    1008 South Monroe Avenue
    Green Bay, WI 54301
    Telephone: 920-437-1840
    Website
  • White Pillars Museum, home of the De Pere Historical Society
    403 North Broadway
    De Pere, WI 54115
    Telephone: 920-336-3877
    Email: Info@DePereHistoricalSociety.org
    Website
  • Bay Area Genealogical Society
    PO Box 283
    Green Bay, WI 54305-0283
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

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