Chippewa County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Chippewa County

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

County Facts
County seat: Chippewa County
Organized: February 3, 1845
Parent County(s): Crawford[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barron  • Clark  • Dunn  • Eau Claire  • Rusk  • Taylor
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County Information


The County was named for Ojibwa. The County has Chippewa Falls as its seat and the County was created 1853. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Chippewa County Courthouse
711 North Bridge Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729-1876
Phone: 715-726-7980
Chippewa County Website

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1858, marriage records from 1860, death records from 1870, land records from 1856, naturalization records from 1895-1955 and the 1905 Wisconsin State Census.
Register in Probate has probate records.[3]

Chippewa 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1858 1860 1870 1856 1856 1856 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1845--Chippewa County was created 3 February 1845 fromCrawford County.
  • County seat: Chippewa County[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

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

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Chippewa 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 615
1860 1,895 208.1%
1870 8,311 338.6%
1880 15,491 86.4%
1890 25,143 62.3%
1900 33,037 31.4%
1910 32,103 −2.8%
1920 36,482 13.6%
1930 37,342 2.4%
1940 40,703 9.0%
1950 42,839 5.2%
1960 45,096 5.3%
1970 47,717 5.8%
1980 52,127 9.2%
1990 52,360 0.4%
2000 55,195 5.4%
2010 62,415 13.1%
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For tips on accessing Chippewa 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.

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.

Central Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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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Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Chippewa 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 Chippewa:

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company I
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G

World War I

World War II

Chippewa County Army Enlistees (USGenWeb Archives)

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

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

  • Register of Deeds has birth records from 1868, marriage records from 1860, divorce records from 1870, land records from 1856, naturalization records 1895-1955 and 1905 State Census.





Research Facilities


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.


  • Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin
    Eau Claire, Special Collections Department
    William D. McIntyre Library
    Eau Claire, WI 54702-5010
    Phone: 715/836-2739



  • Chippewa County (WI) Genealogical Society
    123 Allen Street
    Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
    Phone: 715-723-4399
  • Chippewa County Historical Society
    123 Allen Street
    Chippewa Falls, WI 54729-2802
    Phone: 715-723-4399
  • Bloomer Historical Society
    1104 Vine St
    Bloomer, WI 54724
    Phone: 715-568-2011
  • Cadott Area Historical Society
    PO Box 1
    Cadott, WI 54727-0001
    Phone: 715-289-3336
  • Stanley Area Historical Society
    995 N Emery St
    Stanley, WI 54768
    Phone: 715-644-5880


Research Guides


  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, "Chippewa 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), Chippewa 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, "Chippewa County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin, accessed 4 December 2018.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.