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Door County

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


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Door County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 11, 1851
County Seat Sturgeon Bay
Courthouse
Address Door County Courthouse
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2204
Phone: 920.746.2200


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County Information

Door County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1852 1856 1860 1857 1861

County Courthouse

Door County Courthouse
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-2204
Phone: 920.746.2200

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, divorce, and land records from 1850;
Clerk of Court has divorce records from 1900 and court records from 1860;
Register in Probate has probate records from 1863 [1]


Historical Facts

Parent County

1851--Door County was created 11 February 1851 fromBrown County. County seat: Sturgeon Bay [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Washington Island including Detroit Harbor.
  • Liberty Grove (Town of), including villages of Gills Rock, Ellison Bay, and Sister Bay. Also old towns/areas include Rowleys Bay, Appleport, Hedgehog Harbor,  North Bay, and North Port.
  • Baileys Harbor, including Peninsula Center
  • Gibraltor (Town of), including villages of Ephraim, Juddville, and Fish Creek. Horseshoe (Eagle) and Chamber Islands.
  • Jacksonport, including West Jacksonport.
  • Egg Harbor, including the village of Egg Harbor and Carlsville.
  • Sevastopol, including villages of Valmy, Institute, and Whitefish Bay.
  • Sturgeon Bay
  • Gardner, including Little Sturgeon Bay
  • Forestville, including Village of Forestville, Carnot, and Maplewood.
  • Nasawaupee, including Idlewild.
  • Union, including Shoemaker Point and Namur.
  • Brussels, including Rosiere and Kohlberg.
  • Clay Banks, including Vignes and Salona.
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Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

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

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 History and Records

Lutheran
  • Records of Bay View Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records 

Circuit Court case files, 1895-1987 available at:

Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone: (920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook $

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans
Norwegians

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Operation Iraqui Freedom

Naturalization and Citizenship 

Declarations of Intention & Naturalizations, 1861-1950 available at:

Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone: (920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook
Citizenship Request Forms $

Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Records

Repositories

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

Archives, Libraries and Museums 

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

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.

Societies

Door County Historical Society
Box, 71
2041 Michigan Street
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
Telephone: 920-421-2332

Door County Historical Society
4994 Ripp Rd
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Telephone 920-743-4945
Website

Peninsula Genealogical Society
477 No. 6th Ave
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
E-mail:pengensoc@yahoo.com
Website

Door County Historical Society
120 N Madison Ave
Sturgeon Bay 54235-3416

Sevastopol Historical Society
PO Box 501
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Website

Sister Bay Historical Society
PO Box 34
Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234
Telephone: 920-854-7680
Website

Taxation

Vital Records

  Pre-1907 Birth, Death, and Marriage registrations available at:

Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone: (920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook
Birth, Death, and Marriage Request Forms $

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 756 Door County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).