Waukesha County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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


Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Waukesha County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded 31 January, 1846
County Seat Waukesha, WI
Waukesha Courthouse WI.jpg
Address Waukesha County Courthouse
515 W. Moreland Boulevard
Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: 262-896-8525
Waukesha County Website

City of Waukesha, WI

County Information

Waukesha County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1860 1846 1850 1841 1847

Parent County

1846--Waukesha County was created 31 January 1846 from Milwaukee County. County seat: Waukesha [1]

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.

Vital records were not required until 1907. Before that time some civil records are available according to the dates below:

Births are available circa 1860 - present
Death records are available circa 1872 - present
Marriage records are available circa 1846-present

Records prior to the 1846 may be found in Milwaukee County

Places / Localities


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Dodge  • Jefferson  • Milwaukee  • Ozaukee  • Racine  • Walworth  • Washington


Bible Records


  • 1880 Biographical Index: History Of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 1880 - USGenWeb Archives
  • 1894 Biographical Index: Portrait And Biographical Record Of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 1894 - USGenWeb Archives
  • 1907 Biographical Index: Memoirs Of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 1907 - USGenWeb Archives


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.


State 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 History and Records


Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc

  • Records of Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. John's (Pine Lake) Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc

  • Records of St. John's (Pine Lake) Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[2]

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Newspaper clipping from Waukesha Daily Paper; dated 6 January 1952; entitled: 1840 Date of First Death Recorded in Merton Town. Was the second in a series of articles tracing the history of Merton. Taken from a paper presenting to the Waukesha county historical society by William Kuntz. This is only a snipit of the article.
"In 1840 the first death occurred in the town of Merton. It was that of Martin Molster, who died in January of that year. Tragedy stalked the shores of Lake Keesus where two young men were drowned while bathing in the lake. They had been employed in a maple sugar camp nearby. "


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





  • The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Chicago : Western Historical Company. Containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources; an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages--their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and Constitution and of the Constitution of the United States (1880).   Online at Internet Archives www.archive.org.

Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Waukesha 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 Waukesha County.

-1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company F
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company D
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies F and G
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company C
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K
- 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D
- 15th 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.


Waukesha County Historical Society
101 W Main St
Waukesha 53186-4811

Waukesha County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1541
Waukesha, WI 53187-1541

Big Bend-Vernon Historical Society
PO Box 68
Big Bend, WI 53103-0068
Telephone: 262-662-3082

Elmbrook Historical Society
PO Box 292
Brookfield, WI 53008-0292
Telephone: 262-783-6494

Genesee Heritage Society
PO Box 52
Genesee DepotWI 53127-0052
Telephone: 262-549-3239

Hartland Historical Society
PO Box 54
Hartland, WI 53029;
Telephone: 262-367-2979

Hawks Inn Historical Society
426 Wells St
Delafield 53018-141

Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc. and Fred H. Keller History Museum
N64 W23760 Main St., Suite 240, Sussex, WI. 53089
Telephone: Contact Fred Keller, 262-246-3603; or Mike Reilly, 414-530-3121
Correspondence should be addressed to : Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc. (or SLAHS)
P. O. Box 32
Sussex, WI. 53089-0032
Web sites: SLAHS and Kelly History Museum
E-mail us at: slahsinc@yahoo.com

Menomonee Falls Historical Society
PO Box 91
Menomonee Falls, WI 53052-0091
Telephone: 262-255-1776

Muskego Historical Society
PO Box 137
Muskego, WI 53150;
Telephone: 262-895-7255

New Berlin Historical Society
5575 S Maberry Ln
New Berlin, WI 53146
Telephone: 262-679-1783

Oconomowoc Historical Society
103 W Jefferson St
Oconomowoc, WI 53066-0969
Telephone: 262-567-5272

Pewaukee Area Historical Society
PO Box 104
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Telephone: 262-691-0233

Waukesha Engine Historical Society
1000 W St Paul Ave
Waukesha, WI 53188
Telephone: 262-549-2606


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).
  2. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.