Winnebago County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Guide to Winnebago County, Wisconsin ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Oshkosh
Organized: January 6, 1840
Parent County(s): Brown, Calumet, Fond du Lac, andMarquette Counties[1]
Neighboring Counties
Calumet  • Fond du Lac  • Green Lake  • Outagamie  • Waupaca  • Waushara
See County Maps
Winnebago County Wisconsin Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the historic Winnebago people, a federally recognized Native American tribe now known as the Ho-Chunk Nation. Chief Oshkosh was a leader in the area. The County is located in the central east area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Winnebago County Courthouse
415 Jackson Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: 920-236-4888
Winnebago County Website

Register of Deeds has birth and land records from 1861, marriage records from 1870 and death records.
Register in Probate has probate records. [3]

Winnebago County, Wisconsin Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1861 1870 1870 1848 1861 1838 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Winnebago 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[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 135
1850 10,167 7431.1%
1860 23,770 133.8%
1870 37,279 56.8%
1880 42,740 14.6%
1890 50,097 17.2%
1900 58,225 16.2%
1910 62,116 6.7%
1920 63,897 2.9%
1930 76,622 19.9%
1940 80,507 5.1%
1950 91,103 13.2%
1960 107,928 18.5%
1970 129,931 20.4%
1980 131,703 1.4%
1990 140,320 6.5%
2000 156,763 11.7%
2010 166,994 6.5%
Source: "".

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

State Census

Federal Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Oshkosh


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Oshkosh, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Winnebago County

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

First Presbyterian Church, Neenah

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Winnebago County

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Green Lake CountyFond du Lac CountyCalumet CountyOutagamie CountyWaushara CountyWaupaca CountyWI WINNEBAGO.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Winnebago 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 Winnebago:

Civil War service men from Winnebago 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 Winnebago County.

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies D and E.
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies A and B.
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Companies E and K
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C (These men were from the town of Menasha. There is a town of Menasha in both Winnebago and Calumet Counties.)
- 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Winnebago County WWII Enlistees - Entry lists date and place of enlistment.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • Appleton Public Library Obituary Index which is located on the Fox River located in Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago Counties. A partial index to obituaries and death notices published in Appleton newspapers. Currently, records are available for the following time periods. There are complete records for 1853-71; 1874; 1920-22; 1939-42; 1944; 1948-52; 1958-1960; 1970; 1980; 1981; 1992-94, and January 1, 2001 to December 6, 2011. Some records from 1848; 1875; 1889; 1899; 1923; 1930; 1945; 1954; 1957; 1969; 1971-73; 1981; 1982; 1987; and 1991 have been indexed.
  • Winnebago County Obituaries, A-H USGenWeb Archives
  • Winnebago County Obituaries, I-Q USGenWeb Archives
  • Winnebago County Obituaries, R-Z USGenWeb Archives

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Winnebago Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Winnebago 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[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

  • Area Research Center
    Polk Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
    800 Algoma Blvd.
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    Phone: 920-424-1234
    Contact info

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Polk Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
    Area Research Center
    800 Algoma Blvd.
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    Phone: 920-424-1234
    Contact info

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society
    234 Church Ave
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    Phone: 920-426-4081
  • Hmong Cultural and Historical Society
    502 Waugoo Ave
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    Phone: 920-426-4953
  • Menasha Historical Society
    233 Sunset Dr
    Menasha, WI 54952
    Phone: 920-722-8969
  • Neenah Historical Society
    PO Box 343
    Neenah, WI 54957-0343
    Phone: 920-729-0244
  • Omro Area Historical Society
    PO Box 133
    Omro, WI 54963
    Phone: 920-685-6123
  • Winchester Area Historical Society
    PO Box 84
    Larsen, WI 54947
    Phone: 920-836-3363
  • Winnebagoland Genealogical Society
    106 Washington Ave
    Oshkosh, WI 54901-4985
  • Winneconne Historical Society
    PO Box 262
    Winneconne, WI 54986
    Phone: 920-582-7887

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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, "Winnebago County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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), Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Page 755-760, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 757-759.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Winnebago County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin#Communities, accessed 13 Dec 2018.