Wood County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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


Wood County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Wood County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded 29 March, 1856
County Seat Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Wood County Courthouse Wisconsin.jpg
Address Wood County Courthouse
400 Market Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Phone: 715.421.8415
Wood County Courthouse

County Information

Wood County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1867 1860 1883 1858

Historical Facts

Parent County

1856--Wood County was created 29 March 1856 from Portage County. County seat: Wisconsin Rapids [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.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Adams  • Clark  • Jackson  • Juneau  • Marathon  • Portage


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
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

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

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property




Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Wood 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 Wood County.

- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D.
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G.
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G
World War II
  • World War II List List of men and women who served in the military and are from the South Wood County Area--Wisconsin Rapids, Arpin, Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Pittsville, Rudolph, Vesper, Marshfield, and other places in this area. Taken from The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, July 3, 1944. USGenWeb Archives
Korean War

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

Wood County Courthouse
400 Market Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Phone: 715-421-8400

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.


North Wood County Historical Society
212 W 3rd St
Marshfield, WI 54449
Telephone: 715-387-3322

South Wood County Historical Museum
540 3rd Street
South Wisconisn Rapids, WI 54494
Telephone: 715-423-1580

Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society
490 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Marshfield Area Genealogy Group
PO Box 337
Marshfield, WI 54449


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).