Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Sheboygan County

Guide to Sheboygan 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: Sheboygan
Organized: March 11, 1848
Parent County(s): Brown[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calumet  • Fond du Lac  • Manitowoc  • Ozaukee  • Washington
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for the Sheboygan River. The County has City of Sheboygan as its seat and the County was created 1846. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Sheboygan County Courthouse
615 N 6th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone: 920-459-3003
Sheboygan County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1872.
Clerk of Circuit Courts has divorce, court and naturalization records form 1850.
Register in Probate has probate records records form 1850. [3]

Sheboygan 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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1848 1852 1835 1860 1840

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1836--Sheboygan County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown County.
  • County seat: Sheboygan[4]

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 Sheboygan County, Wisconsin:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Sheboygan 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

For tips on accessing Sheboygan census records online, see: Wisconsin 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.

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

Germans

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 Sheboygan 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 Sheboygan:

- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies B and F
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company A

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

  • Sheboygan Press, Ancestry ($)
  • Various newspapers: Sheboygan Press Telegram, The Sheboygan Daily Press, Daily Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), The Sheboygan Mercury. Ancestry ($)

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

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

In the Wisconsin birth index Sheboygan County births are listed as St Croix.

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

  • Area Research Center - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, Division of Archives and Special Collections
    Golda Meir Library, Room W250
    2311 East Hartford Avenue
    PO Box 604
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
    Phone: 414-229-5402
    Email: askarch@uwm.edu
    Website
  • Sheboygan County Historical Research Center
    504 Broadway
    Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
    Telephone: 920-467-4667
    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

  • Golda Meir Library - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Area Research Center, Milwaukee, Division of Archives and Special Collections
    Golda Meir Library, Room W250
    2311 East Hartford Avenue
    PO Box 604
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
    Phone: 414-229-5402
    Email: askarch@uwm.edu
    Website

Museums

Societies

  • Sheboygan County Historical Society
    3110 Erie Ave
    Sheboygan, WI 53081
    Phone: 920-458-4403
    Website
  • Sheboygan County Genealogical Society
    518 Water St
    Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
  • Plymouth Genealogical Society
    317 E Main St
    Plymouth, WI 530673
  • Plymouth Historical Society
    405 Collins St
    Plymouth, WI 53073
    Phone: 920-892-6228
    Website
  • Random Lake Area Historical Society
    78 Butler Street
    Random Lake, WI, 53075
    Phone: 920-994-4682
    Email: jcarman@execpc.com
  • Kiel Area Historical Society
    N9654 Anderson Ct.
    Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
    Phone: 920-894-2085
    Email: secretary@kielwi.org

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, "Sheboygan County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheboygan_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), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.