Portage County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Portage County

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


Portage County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Portage County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1842
County Seat Stevens Point
Portage County Courthouse, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.jpg
Address Portage County Courthouse
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Portage County

County Information

Portage County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1866 1848 1840 1841 1837

Historical Facts

Parent County

1836--Portage County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown, Crawford, Iowa andMilwaukee Counties.
County seat: Stevens Point [1]

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

Adams  • Marathon  • Shawano  • Waupaca  • Waushara  • Wood


Bible Records



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


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.
  • 1975 - 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

Information about local churches (history and records) can be found on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.

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

Court Records

The surviving early probate files have been indexed and are on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.  Also indexed are the Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index 1849-1919 and the Circuit Court Civil Case Files Defendant Index 1845-1919

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Portage 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 Portage County.

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company B
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company H
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Companies D and F
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
World War I
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization Records for Portage County have been indexed and the index is available on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.


A complete listing of all Portage County newspapers can be found on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.


The Portage County Obituary Index is now a part of the Central Wisconsin Genealogy Index . Full text obituaries from The Wisconsin Pinery (1853-1890) and The Plover Times (1866-1881) can be found on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website. These are not indexed in the Obituary Index.


Probate Records

Online Records

Probate Index


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

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Nelis R. Kampenga Archives and Area Research Center
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
520 LRC
900 Reserve Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
Phone: 715-346-2586
Email: archives@uwsp.edu

Portage County Public Library

List of genealogical resources available at the Portage County Public Library

County Courthouse

The Portage County Courthouse is located at 1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  The Register of Deeds office, which houses birth, death, and marriage records, as well as land records is open for genealogical research during the following days and times:

Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closed for research on Fridays and from 11:30 - 1:00.

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.


Portage County Historical Society
PO Box 672
Stevens Point WI 54481
Telephone: 715-344-5752

Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society
1001 Main
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Almond Historical Society
319 County A
Almond, WI 54900
Telephone: 715-366-7341


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers



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