Grant County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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


Grant County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded December 8, 1836
County Seat Lancaster
Grant County Wisconsin CourtHouse.jpg
Address Grant County Courthouse
111 S Jefferson
Lancaster WI 53813
Phone. 608.723.2675

County Information

Grant County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1842 1840 1837 1836

County Courthouse

Grant County Courthouse
111 S Jefferson
Lancaster WI 53813;
Phone. 608.723.2675

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1876, marriage records from 1840 and land records from 1837;
Register in Probate has probate records from 1840;
Clerk of Court has divorce and court records;
Veterans Service Officer has military records[1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1836--Grant County was created 8 December 1836 fromIowa County.  County seat: Lancaster [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

Clayton County, Iowa  • Crawford  • Dubuque County, Iowa  • Iowa  • Jo Daviess County, Illinois  • Lafayette  • Richland


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.
  • Tombstone Photograph Pages USGenWeb Archives Project, Wisconsin
  • Listing of Names Grant County Genealogical Society has copied the Grant County cemeteries and arranged the names alphabetically by surname on 3x5 cards. ($)


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


Fennimore and Castle Rock

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Fennimore and Castle Rock, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Plattville, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fennimore

  • Records of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fennimore, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Website about the town of Livingston, how the town became to be, its people, biographies, and genealogical information.

Livingston-Watson Family website!


Land and Property

  • Bureau of Land Management, Wisconsin Land Patents Database (USGenWeb Archives)



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Grant 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 Grant County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies C and L
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies G, H and M
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies C, F and H.
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F
- 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C, many men from the town of Waterloo, which is part of Jefferson County and Grant County
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K

World War I
World War II

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.


Cassville Historical Society
PO Box 133
Cassville, WI 53806
Telephone: 608-725-5891

Grant County Genealogical Society
PO Box 281
Dickeyville, WI 53808-0281

Grant County Historical Society
129 E Maple St
Lancaster, WI 53813
Telephone: 608-723-6686 or 608-723-4925

Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Research Historical Center
PO Box 202
Wauzeka, WI 53826-0202


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers



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