Columbia County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Columbia County

Guide to Columbia County Wisconsin ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Columbia County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Columbia County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded February 3, 1846
County Seat Portage
Columbia County WI courthouse.jpg
Address Columbia County Courthouse
PO Box 177
Portage, WI 53901-0177

County Information

Columbia County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1860 1849 1850 1826 1847

County Courthouse

Columbia County Clerk
PO Box 177
Portage, WI 53901-0177

Register of Deeds has land, burial, marriage, death and burial records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records;
Register in Probate has probate records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1846--Columbia County was created 3 February 1846 from Portage County. County seat: Portage [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Adams  • Dane  • Dodge  • Green Lake  • Juneau  • Marquette  • Sauk


Bible Records



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
WIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WIGenWeb Archives
WITombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information.


  • 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 History and Records


Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Columbia County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Columbia County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies E and G
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company E
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies A and B
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E
World War I
World War II
Korean War

Naturalization and Citizenship



  • Columbia County Obituaries with two links to newspapers. WIGenWeb Project
  • Four Obituaries Scroll down to obituaries of Daniel Babcock, Phillip Connell, George Marshall, and Mrs. Sophia (Ellithorpe) Rowley. USGenWeb Archives


Probate Records

Online Records


See also a List of Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives, Libraries and Museums
County Courthouse
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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Cambria-Friesland Historical Society
PO Box 501
Cambria, WI 53923
Telephone: 920-348-5787

Columbia County Historical Society
W3988 Hwy 33
Cambria, WI 53923
Telephone: 920-348-5516

Dells Country Historical Society
1621 E Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Telephone: 608-254-8129

Lodi Valley Historical Society
173 S Main St
Lodi, WI 53555
Telephone: 608-592-5910

Portage Historical Society
PO Box 727
Portage, WI 53901
Telephone: 608-742-6663

Poynette Area Historical Society
W5660 Hall Rd
Poynette, WI 53955
Telephone: 608-635-2970


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 755 Columbia County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).