Vernon County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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


Vernon County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Vernon County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded 1851
County Seat Viroqua
Vernon County WI Courthouse.jpg
Address Vernon County Courthouse
400 Courthouse Square Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
Phone:. 608.637.5380
Vernon County Website

County Information

Vernon County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1863 1855 1860 1851 1850

County Courthouse

Vernon County Courthouse
400 Courthouse Square Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
Phone:. 608.637.5380 

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records;
Register in Probate has probate records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1862 - Vernon County was created 22 March 1862 by the renaming of Bad Ax County. County seat: Viroqua [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

Allamakee County, Iowa  • Crawford  • Houston County, Minnesota  • Juneau  • La Crosse  • Monroe  • Richland  • Sauk


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.


  • 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 History and Records

  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Vernon County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Vernon 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 Vernon County.

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company H
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
- 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
World War II

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.


Hillsboro Area Genealogical Society
Hillsboro, WI 54634

Hillsboro Area Historical Society
PO Box 9, Route 2
Hillsboro, WI 54634
Telephone: 608-489-3322

Log Cabin Heritage Society
714 Abbey Ln
Viroqua, WI 54665
Telephone: 608-637-7109

Vernon County Historical Society
PO Box 444
Viroqua, WI 54665
Telephone: 608-637-7396

Westby Area Historical Society
PO Box 42
Westby, WI 54667
Telephone: 608-634-4101

Vernon County Historical Society
Viroqua, Wisconsin
fax: 608–637–8736

Westby Area Historical Society
Thoreson House
101 Black River Ave
Westby WI 54667
Telephone: 608–634–4120

  • The Vernon County Historical Society (VCHS) is the officially recognized county organization for the preservation of Vernon County's historical heritage. A genealogical class is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Check the online schedule for date and time.
  • The Westby Area Historical Society (WAHS) meets on the first Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Thoreson House. Winter meetings are held at the Halvorson Apartments.

The first settlers arrived in Vernon County, Wisconsin in the 1840s, and many of their descendants are still in the area. Others have carried their heritage to the ends of the country and beyond. Our goal is to collect and preserve their stories, family artifacts and other memorabilia, and to educate future generations in the heritage of this community.


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), p. 760 Vernon, Wisconsin
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).