Washington County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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


Washington County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded 7 December, 1836
County Seat West Bend, WI
Washington County Courthouse Wisconsin.jpg
Address Washington County Courthouse
432 E Washington Street
West Bend, WI 53095
Phone: 262.335.4301
Washington County Courthouse

County Information

Washington County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1859 1846 1840 1835 1845

County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
432 E Washington Street
West Bend, WI 53095
Phone: 262.335.4301

County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records from 1850,
divorce and court records from 1849;
Register in Probate has probate records from 1851 [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1836--Washington County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown andMilwaukee Counties.
County seat: West Bend [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Dodge  • Fond du Lac  • Milwaukee  • Ozaukee  • Sheboygan  • Waukesha


Bible Records



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
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

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups


Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records




Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Washington 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 Washington County.

- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D (These men were from the town of Menasha. There is a town of Menasha in both Dodge and Washington Counties.)
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D

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.


Washington County Historical Society
320 S 5th Ave
West Bend, WI 53095
Telephone: 262-335-4678

Germantown Historical Society
Highway 145 & Holy Hill Rd
Germantown 53022

Hartford Genealogical Society
109 N Main St
Hartford, WI 53027

Jackson Historical Society
2860 Division Rd
Jackson, WI 53037
Telephone: 262-677-4825

Kewaskum Historical Society
1202 Parkview Dr
Kewaskum, WI 53040
Telephone: 262-626-4656

Richfield Historical Society
PO Box 268
Richfield, WI 53076
Telephone: 262-628-2841


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