Lafayette County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Lafayette County

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


Lafayette County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Lafayette County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded January 31, 1846
County Seat Darlington
Lafayette County Wisconsin Courthouse.jpg
Address Lafayette County Courthouse
626 Main Street
Darlington, WI 53530;
Phone. 608.776.4850

County Information

Lafayette County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1854 1847 1850 1836 1847

County Courthouse

Lafayette County Courthouse
626 Main Street
Darlington, WI 53530;
Phone. 608.776.4850

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1860,
marriage records from 1847, death records from
1877 and land records from 1840;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records;
Register in Probate has  probate records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1846--Lafayette County was created 31 January 1846 fromIowa County.  County seat: Darlington [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

Grant  • Green  • Iowa  • Jo Daviess County, Illinois  • Stephenson County, Illinois


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

Lafayette County Wisconsin Courthouse

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Lafayette 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 Lafayette County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company I
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company I
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Freeport, Illinois newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Lafayette County. The Rock Island Public Library in Rock Island, Illinois provides free access to this database at its library.



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.


Lafayette County Genealogical Society
PO Box 183
Darlington, WI 53530
Telephone: 608-776-2755

Lafayette County Historical Society
525 Main St
Darlington, WI 53530
Telephone: 608-776-8340


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 757 Lafayette County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).