Richland County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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


Richland County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Richland County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1842
County Seat Richland Center
Richland County Courthouse WI.jpg
Address Richland County Courthouse
181 W Seminary Street
Richland Center, WI 53581
Phone: 608.647.2197
Richland County Website

County Information

Richland County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1875 1850 1850 1850 1839

County Courthouse

Richland County Courthouse
181 W Seminary Street
Richland Center, WI 53581
Phone: 608.647.2197

Register of Deeds has birth and death from 1870,
marriage and land records from 1850;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1860;
Register in Probate has probate records from 1851;
City Clerk has burial records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1842--Richland County was created 18 February 1842 from Crawford and Sauk Counties.
County seat: Richland Center [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

Crawford  • Grant  • Iowa  • Sauk  • Vernon


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.


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 History and Records

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Richland 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 Richland County.

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company M
- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company F
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies D and possibly F
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H
- 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies D and H
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H with men from the town of Forest, which is found in Fond du Lac County, Richland County, St. Croix County or Vernon County

Naturalization and Citizenship




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.


Richland County Historical Society
29449 Pronold Ln
Richland Center, WI 53581
Telephone: 608-647-4860

Ancestors of Richland Hills
325 N Central Ave
Richland Center, WI 53581
Telephone: 608-647-6444

Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Historical Research Center
PO Box 202
Wauzeka, WI 53826-0202

Richland County Historical Society
606 Sunny Ln
Richland Center, WI 53581
Telephone: 608-647-3461


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Richland Croix Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).