Douglas County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Douglas County

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


Douglas County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded February 9, 1854
County Seat Superior
Superior Douglas Cty Court.jpg
Address Douglas County Courthouse
1313 Belknap Street
Superior, WI 54880-2769
Phone: 715.395.1341

County Information

Douglas County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1861 1854 1860 1854 1856

County Courthouse

Douglas County Courthouse
1313 Belknap Street
Superior, WI 54880-2769
Phone: 715.395.1341

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records from 1878 and land records;
Clerk of Courts has divorce, probate and court records
from 1878 [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1854--Douglas County was created 9 February 1854 from La Pointe County.  County seat: Superior [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

Bayfield  • Burnett  • Carlton County, Minnesota  • Pine County, Minnesota  • St. Louis County, Minnesota  • Sawyer  • Washburn


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.


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

  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Superior, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property

  • Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Douglas County - USGenWeb Archives



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Douglas 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 Douglas County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company E

World War I
World War II
  • Army Enlistees, Douglas County - USGenWeb Archives

Naturalization and Citizenship




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.


Douglas County Historical Society
1011 John Ave
Superior, Wisconsin 54880
Telephone: 715-392-8449

Gordon-Wascott Historical Society and Museum
9672E Hwy Y
Gordon, WI 54838
Telephone: 715-376-4249

Old-Brule Heritage Society, Inc
PO Box 24
Maple, WI 5485

Solon Springs Historical Society
10732 S Rocky Hill Rd
Solon Springs, WI 54873
Telephone: 715-378-4296

Twin Ports Genealogical Society
PO Box 16895
Duluth, MI 55816-0895


Vital Records

Birth Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers



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