Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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United States
Wisconsin
Manitowoc County

Guide to Manitowoc 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: Manitowac
Organized: December 7, 1836
Parent County(s): Brown County[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Calumet  • Kewaunee  • Sheboygan
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County has City of Manitowoc as its seat and the County was created 1848. The County is located in the east central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Manitowoc County Courthouse
1010 S 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: 920-683-4000
Manitowoc County Website

Register of Deeds has births, marriage and deed records from 1850, land and military records.
Clerk of Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records. [3]

Manitowoc 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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1858 1849 1835 1850 1840

Record Loss

The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1852.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1836--Manitowoc County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown County.
  • County seat: Manitowac[4]

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 Manitowoc County, Wisconsin:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Manitowoc 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

For tips on accessing Manitowoc census records online, see: Wisconsin 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

  • 1850 - 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1860 - 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1870 - 1870 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1880 - 1880 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1890 - 1890 U.S. Federal Census - Records were destroyed by fire and are not avaiable for Manitowoc County.
  • 1900 - 1900 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1910 - 1910 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1920 - 1920 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1930 - 1930 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org

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.

Catholic church records for Manitowoc County churches can be found at the Green Bay Diocese Archives.

Lutheran
First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Manitowoc County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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.

  • Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Manitowoc County (USGenWeb Archives)

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Manitowoc 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 Manitowoc:

- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

  • Pre-1907 Births, Marriages and Deaths at Archives and Area Research Center, Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay - $, the research center will make a search

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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

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

  • Manitowoc Public Library
    707 Quay Street
    Manitowoc, WI 54220
    Phone: 920-686-3000
    Website
  • Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    Archives and Area Research Center
    2420 Nicolet Dr.
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
    Phone: 920-465-2539
    Email: archives@uwgb.edu
    Website
    Facebook

Museums

Societies

  • Manitowoc County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 1745
    Manitowoc, WI 54221-1745
    Website
    Email: MCGS1745@live.com
  • Manitowoc County Historical Society
    1701 Michigan Ave
    Manitowoc, WI 54220
    Phone: 920-684-4445
    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, "Manitowoc County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitowoc_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), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.