Pepin County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Wisconsin
Pepin County


Guide to Pepin 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: Durand
Organized: Feburary 25, 1858
Parent County(s): Dunn County[1]
Neighboring Counties
Buffalo  • Dunn  • Eau Claire  • Goodhue (MN)  • Pierce  • Wabasha (MN)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Pepin County Old Courthouse WI.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for the French conquistadors Pierre and Jean Pepin du Chardonnets. The County has Durand as its seat and the County was created February 25, 1858. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Pepin County Courthouse
740 7th Ave West
Dunrand, WI 54736-1628
Phone: 715-672-8857
Pepin County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death, and land records.
Clerk of Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register in Probate has probate records.[3]

Pepin 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1863 1858 1857 1858 1855 1856 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1858--Pepin County was created 25 February 1858 from Dunn County.
  • County seat: Durand[5]

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 Pepin County, Wisconsin:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Pepin 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 2,392
1870 4,659 94.8%
1880 6,226 33.6%
1890 6,932 11.3%
1900 7,905 14.0%
1910 7,577 −4.1%
1920 7,481 −1.3%
1930 7,450 −0.4%
1940 7,897 6.0%
1950 7,462 −5.5%
1960 7,332 −1.7%
1970 7,319 −0.2%
1980 7,477 2.2%
1990 7,107 −4.9%
2000 7,213 1.5%
2010 7,469 3.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Pepin 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

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.

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.

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Pepin 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 Pepin:

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company L
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: Wisconsin Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical 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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

  • University Archives/Area Research Center
    Robert S. Swanson Library, University of Wisconsin, Stout
    315 Tenth Ave.
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Phone: 715-232-2300
    Email: archives@uwstout.edu
    Website


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

  • Robert S. Swanson Library, University of Wisconsin, Stout
    University Archives/Area Research Center
    315 Tenth Ave.
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Phone: 715-232-2300
    Email: archives@uwstout.edu
    Website
  • Durand Community Library
    604 7th Avenue East
    Durand, WI 54736
    Phone: 715-672-8730
    Website
  • Pepin Public Library
    510 2nd St.
    Po Box 248
    Pepin, WI 54759
    Phone: 715-442-4932
    Website

Museums

  • Pepin County Historical Society Museum
    Website

Societies

  • Pepin County Historical Society
    315 W. Madison St.
    Durand, WI 54736
    Phone: 715-672-5423

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, "Pepin County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepin_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), Pepin County, Wisconsin. Page 755-760, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 757-759.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.