Shawano County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Shawano County

Guide to Shawano County, Wisconsin ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Shawano
Organized: March 11, 1848
Parent County(s): Oconto, Waupaca, Winnebago[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Langlade  • Marathon  • Menominee  • Oconto  • Outagamie  • Portage  • Waupaca
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Location Map
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County Information


The County was named for a modified Ojibwa term meaning "southern". The County has Shawano as its seat and the County was created 1861. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715-526-9150
Shawano County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records.
Register in Probate has probate records. [3]

Shawano 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
1854 1848 1860 1861 1854 1861 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

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Shawano 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 829
1870 3,166 281.9%
1880 10,371 227.6%
1890 19,236 85.5%
1900 27,475 42.8%
1910 31,884 16.0%
1920 33,975 6.6%
1930 33,516 −1.4%
1940 35,378 5.6%
1950 35,249 −0.4%
1960 34,351 −2.5%
1970 32,650 −5.0%
1980 35,928 10.0%
1990 37,157 3.4%
2000 40,664 9.4%
2010 41,949 3.2%
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For tips on accessing Shawano census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.

State Census

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.

First Lutheran Church, Wittenberg

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

Green Valley

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Green Valley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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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Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Shawano 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 Shawano:

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

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

  • 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





Research Facilities


  • Archives and Area Research Center
    Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    2420 Nicolet Dr.
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
    Phone: 920-465-2539
  • Bonduel Community Archives
    PO Box 205
    108 South First Street
    Bonduel, WI 54107
    Phone: 715-758-2687

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.


  • Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    Archives and Area Research Center
    2420 Nicolet Dr.
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
    Phone: 920-465-2539



  • Shawano County Historical Society
    524 N. Franklin Street
    Shawano, WI, 54166-0534
    Phone: 715-526-3323
  • Northern Wisconsin Genealogists
    PO Box 321
    Shawano, WI 54166
  • Shawano County Historical Society
    414 W Third St
    Shawano, WI 54166
    Phone: 715-526-9033
  • Tigerton Area Historical Society
    PO Box 191
    Tigerton, WI 54486
    Phone: 715-535-2140
  • Wittenburg Area Historical Society
    9141 Townline Rd
    Eland, WI 54427
    Phone: 715-454-6535


Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Research Guides


  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, "Shawano County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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), Shawano 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.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Taylor County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin#Communities, accessed 31 Dec 2018.