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}}<br>Guide to '''Polk County Wisconsin ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
 
  
[http://www.co.polk.wi.us/ Polk County Courthouse]<br>100 Polk County Plaza<br>Balsam Lake, WI 54810<br>Phone: 715.485.9926 <br><br>Register of Deeds has birth records from 1858, <br>marriage records from 1861, death records<br>from 1866 and land records; Clerk Circuit <br>has divorce and court records; Registrar in Probate<br>Probate records <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Polk county, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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{{Click|Image:WI_ORP.png|Wisconsin Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Polk County
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| state = Wisconsin
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| founded year = 1853
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| founded date = March 14
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| seat = [[Balsam Lake, Wisconsin|Balsam Lake]]
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| building address = Polk County Courthouse<br>100 Polk County Plaza<br>Balsam Lake, WI 54810<br>Phone: 715.485.9926 <br>[http://www.co.polk.wi.us/ Polk County Courthouse] }}
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[[Image:WI Polk.png|thumb|right|275px|WI Polk.png]]
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== County Information ==
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==== Polk County, Wisconsin Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land and Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1867
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1855
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1853
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1855
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<br>[[Image:WI Polk.png|thumb|right|475px|WI Polk.png]]
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== County Courthouse  ==
  
Bold text== County Courthouse == Rigister of Deeds 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 160 Balsam Lake, WI 54810  
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[http://www.co.polk.wi.us/ Polk County Courthouse]<br>100 Polk County Plaza<br>Balsam Lake, WI 54810<br>Phone: 715.485.9926 <br><br>
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[http://www.co.polk.wi.us/index.asp?SEC=5E3D05B7-5254-4276-BEFA-98ADE1724243&Type=B_BASIC Register of Deeds] has birth records from 1858, <br>marriage records from 1861, death records<br>from 1866 and land records; <br>
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[http://www.co.polk.wi.us/index.asp?SEC=3AC37DCA-DAB4-4EF1-B17F-70CB8CD94CED&Type=B_BASIC Clerk of Circuit Courts] has divorce and court records; <br>
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[http://www.co.polk.wi.us/index.asp?SEC=1AB5EC2D-5B17-47C1-902B-1168593FACA7&Type=B_BASIC Registrar in Probate] has Probate records <ref>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Polk county, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
== Historical Facts  ==
 
== Historical Facts  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
1853--Polk County was created 14 March 1853&nbsp;from [[St. Croix County, Wisconsin|St. Croix]] County.&nbsp; County seat: Balsam Lake <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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1853--Polk County was created 14 March 1853&nbsp;from [[St. Croix County, Wisconsin Genealogy|St. Croix]] County.&nbsp; County seat: Balsam Lake <ref>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/wisconsin/ "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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[[Image:{{WI Polk County, Wisconsin Clickable Neighbors}}|right|250px]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Barron County, Wisconsin|Barron]]  
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[[Barron County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Barron]] {{•}} [[Burnett County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Burnett]] {{•}} [[Chisago County, Minnesota Genealogy|Chisago County, Minnesota]] {{•}} [[Dunn County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Dunn]] {{•}} [[St. Croix County, Wisconsin Genealogy|St. Croix]] {{•}} [[Washington County, Minnesota Genealogy|Washington County, Minnesota]]
*[[Burnett County, Wisconsin|Burnett]]  
 
*[[Chisago County, Minnesota|Chisago County, Minnesota]]  
 
*[[Dunn County, Wisconsin|Dunn]]  
 
*[[St. Croix County, Wisconsin|St. Croix]]  
 
*[[Washington County, Minnesota|Washington County, Minnesota]]
 
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{| width="75%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=51&GScnty=3040&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|351918|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=51&CScnty=3040 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/polk-cem.htm WIGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Polk+Wisconsin&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Wisconsin&county=Polk&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/polk.htm WIGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/wisconsin/polk.htm WITombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wi/polk.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23151&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=38&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Wisconsin Cemeteries| Wisconsin Cemeteries]] for more information.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/wi/cemetery/polk.html Polk County Tombstone Photograph Pages] USGenWeb Archives
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
 
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=====State Census=====
1855 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1855 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443825 FamilySearch Record Search] This census includes name of head of family, individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.<br>
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*'''1855''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1443825?collectionNameFilter=false 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.  
 
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*'''1865''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2058670?collectionNameFilter=false 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.
1885 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1885 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443713 FamilySearch Record Search] This census includes name of head of family, individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.<br>
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*'''1875''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1443778?collectionNameFilter=false 1875 Wisconsin State Census] Identifies head of household by name.
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1443713|Wisconsin State Census, 1885}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images. Search indexed census.&nbsp; Identifies by name of head of household.&nbsp;&nbsp;Other information is&nbsp;statistical and identifies the rest of the household by race, gender and country of birth.
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1443712|Wisconsin State Census, 1895}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical.
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1443899|Wisconsin State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.
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=====Federal Census=====
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*'''1870''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/1870-census.htm Polk Co. 1870 Census] WIGenWeb project
  
 
==== Church History and Records  ====
 
==== Church History and Records  ====
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Century-Church-Congregations.pdf Century Church Congregations] - List of churches. WIGenWeb project
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Bethesda-Lutheran-Church-Early-Historyv8.pdf Bethesda Lutheran Church, Early History] WIGenWeb Project
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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POLK COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 160 Balsam Lake, WI 54810  
 
POLK COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 160 Balsam Lake, WI 54810  
  
Phone: 715-485-9240
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Phone: 715-485-9240
Fax: 715-485-9202
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Fax: 715-485-9202
  
 
==== Crime and Criminals  ====
 
==== Crime and Criminals  ====
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/ancient-polk-county-history/ Ancient Polk County History] WIGenWeb Project
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/history-of-west-eureka/ History of West Eureka] WIGenWeb Project
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Early-History-FriendlyValley-SCF.pdf Early History of the St Croix Valley--Maggie Orr O'Neill] WIGenWeb Project
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ReminiscencesOfEarlyPrioneerDaysinPCbyWorthyPrentice.pdf Reminiscences Of Early Pioneer Days in Polk County by Worthy Prentice] Index of the book below - WIGenWeb Project
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Reminiscences-of-Early-Pioneer-Days-in-Polk-County.pdf Reminiscences Of Early Pioneer Days in Polk County by Worthy Prentice] WIGenWeb Project
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*[http://jjlivestock.net/pchs/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Centurias-Fifieth-Anniversary.pdf History of the Village of Centurias, 1900-1950] WIGenWeb Project
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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*Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Polk County (USGenWeb Archives)
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/land/polk-a-c.txt Surnames A-C]
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/land/polk-d-g.txt Surnames D-G]
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/land/polk-h-k.txt Surnames H-K]
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/land/polk-l-o.txt Surnames L-O]
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/land/polk-p-s.txt Surnames P-S]
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/land/polk-t-z.txt Surnames T-Z]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/1888-A.html 1888 Polk Co. Plat Book Index] WIGenWeb Project
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/wisconsin/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Wisconsin]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/polkmaptwp.gif Township Map] WIGenWeb project
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/Polkmap1901.gif 1901 Map of Polk County] WIGenWeb project
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
  
 
==== Military History and Records  ====
 
==== Military History and Records  ====
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===== Civil War  =====
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Civil War service men from Polk 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 Polk County. <br>
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry]], Company D
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:- [[7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company G
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/civil-war.htm Civil War Veterans of Polk County] WIGenWeb project
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/newspapers/polknews.txt Polk County Newspapers Index] USGenWeb Archives
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1987''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9088 Wisconsin Wills and Probate Records 1800-1987] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — images and index $
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*'''1848 – 1948''' {{RecordSearch|1874190|Wisconsin Probate Estate Files 1848-1948}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/wisconsin/wi-society-archive/ Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
 
===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
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[https://www.uwrf.edu/AreaResearchCenter/Index.cfm University Archives and Area Research Center]<br>
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170 Chalmer Davee Library<br>
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email: archives@uwrf.edu<br>
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(715) 425-3567<br>
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Fax (715) 425-0609<br>
  
 
===== County Courthouse  =====
 
===== County Courthouse  =====
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
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*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
==== Societies  ====
 
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'''Polk County Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 41<br> Balsam Lake WI 54810-0041<br>Telephone: 715-268-8375<br>[http://www.communityhotline.com/Customer-Websites/HotSite-on.php?id=540&pagename=Home#.VhvsBitc55E Website]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/polkcountymuseum Facebook]<br><br>
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'''University Archives and Area Research Center'''<br>University of Wisconsin - River Falls<br> Chalmer Davee Library<br>University of Wisconsin-River Falls<br> 120 Cascade Avenue<br> River Falls, WI 54022<br>Telephone: 715/425-3567<br>[https://www.uwrf.edu/AreaResearchCenter/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Osceola Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 342<br>Osceola, WI 54020<br>Telephone: 715-294-3530<br>[http://www.vil.osceola.wi.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B5A867F27-5349-4472-BEB0-3E654809CD9D%7D Website]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/Osceola.Historical.Society/ Facebook]<br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== Birth  =====
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*1826 - 1926 {{RecordSearch|1708703|Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1820 - 1907 {{RecordSearch|1946789|Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1826 - 1908 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2544 Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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===== Marriage Records  =====
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*1836 - 1930 {{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1855-1867 [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/mar-index.html Polk County Marriage Index] Listed alphabetically by both bride and groom. WIGenWeb project
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*1973 - 1997 {{RecordSearch|1946794|Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1973-1997}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1973 - 1997 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8744 Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
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===== Divorce Records =====
  
===== Marriage  =====
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*1965 - 1984 {{RecordSearch|1967741|Wisconsin, Divorce Index, 1965-1984}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
===== Divorce =====
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===== Death Records =====
  
===== Death =====
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*1867 - 1907 {{RecordSearch|1803975|Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1835 - 1968 {{RecordSearch|1708699|Wisconsin, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1820 - 1907 {{RecordSearch|1940759|Wisconsin, Death Index, 1820-1907}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1820 - 1907 [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/deathA.html Polk County Death Index] WIGenWeb project
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*1959 - 1997 {{RecordSearch|1947978|Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
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== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Wisconsin%2C+Polk|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/wisconsin/polk-county/ Polk County, WI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101958042548356916194 Wisconsin Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/166325933433955/ Wisconsin Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|Wisconsin%2C+Polk|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wipolk/ Polk County] WIGenWeb project
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/wi/polk/polk.htm Polk County Archives] USGenWeb Archives
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Latest revision as of 20:53, 30 May 2017

United States
Wisconsin
Polk County

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


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Polk County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 14, 1853
County Seat Balsam Lake
Courthouse
Address Polk County Courthouse
100 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Phone: 715.485.9926
Polk County Courthouse


WI Polk.png

County Information

Polk County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1855 1860 1853 1855

County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse
100 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Phone: 715.485.9926

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1858,
marriage records from 1861, death records
from 1866 and land records;
Clerk of Circuit Courts has divorce and court records;
Registrar in Probate has Probate records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1853--Polk County was created 14 March 1853 from St. Croix County.  County seat: Balsam Lake [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

WI POLK.JPG

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Barron  • Burnett  • Chisago County, Minnesota  • Dunn  • St. Croix  • Washington County, Minnesota

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

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
Interment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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.
Federal Census

Church History and Records

Court Records

POLK COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 160 Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Phone: 715-485-9240 Fax: 715-485-9202

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

  • Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Polk County (USGenWeb Archives)

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Polk 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 Polk County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company D
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Records

Repositories

See also a List of Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives, Libraries and Museums

University Archives and Area Research Center
170 Chalmer Davee Library
email: archives@uwrf.edu
(715) 425-3567
Fax (715) 425-0609

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.

Societies

Polk County Historical Society
PO Box 41
Balsam Lake WI 54810-0041
Telephone: 715-268-8375
Website
Facebook

University Archives and Area Research Center
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Chalmer Davee Library
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
120 Cascade Avenue
River Falls, WI 54022
Telephone: 715/425-3567
Website

Osceola Historical Society
PO Box 342
Osceola, WI 54020
Telephone: 715-294-3530
Website
Facebook

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Polk county, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).