Vilas County, Wisconsin Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
(Redirected from Vilas County, Wisconsin)
Jump to: navigation, search
United States
Vilas County

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


Vilas County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Vilas County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded April 12, 1893
County Seat Eagle River
Vilas County Courthouse WI.jpg
Address Vilas County Courthouse
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone: 715.479.3600

County Information

Vilas County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1889 1893 1900 1893 1900

County Courthouse

Vilas County Clerk
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone: 715.479.3600 

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records;
Register in Probate has probate records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1893--Vilas County was created 12 April 1893 from Oneida County.  County seat: Oneida [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.



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Forest  • Gogebic County, Michigan  • Iron County, Michigan  • Iron  • Oneida  • Price


Bible Records



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
WIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WIGenWeb Archives
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

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Vilas 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 Vilas County.

- 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K

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.


Vilas County Historical Society
Main Street
Sayner 54560
Telephone: 715-542-3388

Eagle River Genealogy Society
PO Box 693
Eagle River, WI 54521
Telephone: 715-479-8899

Eagle River Historical Society
PO Box 2011
Eagle River, WI 54521
Telephone: 715-479-4845

Lac du Flambeau Historical and Cultural Society
PO Box 729
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
Telephone: 715-588-7626

Land O' Lakes Historical Society
PO Box 541
Land O' Lakes, WI 54540
Telephone: 715-547-3638


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