Dodge County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Dodge County


Guide to Dodge 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: Juneau
Organized: December 7, 1836
Parent County(s): Brown, Milwaukee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Columbia  • Dane  • Fond du Lac  • Green Lake  • Jefferson  • Washington  • Waukesha
See County Maps
Courthouse
Dodge County Wisconsin Administration Building.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County has Juneau as its seat and the County was created 1844. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Dodge County Courthouse
127 E Oak Street
Juneau, WI 53039
Phone: 920-386-3600
Dodge County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1877.
Clerk of Courts has divorce and court records.
Register in Probate has probate records from 1854.[3]

Dodge 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
1877 1877 1877 1844 1877 1854 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss

1877 A fire in 1877 destroyed birth, marriage, and death records prior to that date, though the indexes still refer to the records.

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

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 MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Dodge County, Wisconsin: The following are locations within the county: [6]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Dodge 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.  %±
1840 67
1850 19,138 28464.2%
1860 42,818 123.7%
1870 47,035 9.8%
1880 45,931 −2.3%
1890 44,984 −2.1%
1900 46,631 3.7%
1910 47,436 1.7%
1920 49,742 4.9%
1930 52,092 4.7%
1940 54,280 4.2%
1950 57,611 6.1%
1960 63,170 9.6%
1970 69,004 9.2%
1980 75,064 8.8%
1990 76,559 2.0%
2000 85,897 12.2%
2010 88,759 3.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

State Census

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.

  • Church records, 1880-1930. First United Methodist Church in Hartford, Wisconsin. Text in English and German. Contains officials, members, statistics 1880-1899, baptisms, marriages, and deaths 1893-1930. Records also include congregations in Horicon, Clyman and Juneau in Dodge County.

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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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Dodge 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 Dodge:

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies B, C, D, K and M
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company K
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D;
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Companies C, D, F and H
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D(These men were from the town of Hartford. There is a town of Hartford in both Dodge and |Washington Counties.)
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies B, E, and K

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

  • Dodge County Army Enlistees (USGenWeb Archives)

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

  • USGenWeb Archives has 21 obituaries listed. Scroll down to the Obituary Heading for the list.

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

Birth

The library also has a hard copy index: Index to Wisconsin Delayed and Affidavit Birth Registrations prior to 1 October 1907; 977.5, V22i. Delayed births are arranged by county, then date of registration. Affidavit delayed births are arranged by county, then date of birth.

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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

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

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

Museums

Societies

  • Dodge County Historical Society
    105 Park Ave
    Beaver Dam, WI 53916
    Phone: 920-887-1266
    Website
  • Dodge/Jefferson County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 91
    Watertown, WI 53094
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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, "Dodge County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_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), Dodge 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, "Dodge County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_County,_Wisconsin, accessed 6 September 2018.