Pierce County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Pierce County

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


Pierce County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Pierce County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded March 11, 1858
County Seat Ellsworth
Pierce County Wisconsin Courthouse.jpg
Address Pierce County Courthouse
4414 W Main; PO Box 119
Ellsworth, WI 54011
Phone: 715.273.3531
Pierce County Courthouse

County Information

Pierce County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1851 1860 1855 1875

County Courthouse

Pierce County Courthouse
414 W Main; PO Box 119
Ellsworth, WI 54011
Phone: 715.273.3531

County Clerk has birth and death recordsd from 1876,
marriage records from 1855, divorce records from 1875,
probate records from 1878 and court records from 1869 [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1858--Pierce County was created 25 February 1858 from St. Croix County. County seat: Ellsworth [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Dakota County, Minnesota  • Dunn  • Goodhue County, Minnesota  • Pepin  • St. Croix  • Washington County, Minnesota


Bible Records



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WIGenWeb Archives
WITombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information.


State Census
  • 1850 - 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
  • Pierce County Census Records - Scroll down to the Census heading. This site has images for Federal Censuses from 1860 to 1920, including page numbers for the various townships. USGenWeb Archives

Church History and Records


St. Patrick's Church Baptismal Records, Hudson, Wisconsin

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Pierce County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
United Church of Christ

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property

Local Histories

Towns and Cities of Pierce County - RootsWeb



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Pierce 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 Pierce County.

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company M
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies A and D
- 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G
World War I
=World War II

(Veteran Photos WIGenWeb project

Naturalization and Citizenship


Pierce County Herald



Probate Records

Online Records


See also a List of Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives, Libraries and Museums

University Archives and Area Research Center
170 Chalmer Davee Library
email: archives@uwrf.edu
(715) 425-3567
Fax (715) 425-0609

County Courthouse
Pierce County Wisconsin Courthouse.jpg
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.


Pierce County Historical Assn
PO Box 148
Ellsworth, WI 54011
Telephone: 715-273-6611

Prescott Welcome and Heritage Center
233 Broad St N
Prescott, WI 54021
Telephone: 715-262-3284
Toll-free: 800-474-3723

St Croix Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 396
River Falls, WI 54022


Vital Records

Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 758 Pierce Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).