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}}<br>Guide to '''Rock 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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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded year = 1842
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| seat = [[Janesville, Wisconsin|Janesville]]
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| building address = Rock County Courthouse<br>51 S Main Street<br>Janesville, WI 53545-3978<br>Phone: 608.757.5660  <br>[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County Courthouse] }}
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== County Information ==
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==== Rock 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%" align="center" |1856
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County Courthouse]&nbsp; <br>51 S Main Street<br>Janesville, WI 53545-3978<br>Phone: 608.757.5660 <br><br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records from 1849<br>and land records from 1839; Registrar in Probate has probate records <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Rock County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County Courthouse]&nbsp; <br>51 S Main Street<br>Janesville, WI 53545-3978<br>Phone: 608.757.5660 <br><br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records from 1849<br>and land records from 1839; Registrar in Probate has probate records <ref>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Rock County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
 
[[Image:WI Rock.png|thumb|right|250px|WI Rock.png]]
 
  
 
County Offices  
 
County Offices  
  
 
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County government website]  
 
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County government website]  
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/circuit-court Rock County Circuit Court website]  
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*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/courts-circuit-court Rock County Circuit Court website]  
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/departments/departments-m-z/register-of-deeds Rock County Register of Deeds website]
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*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/registerofdeeds Rock County Register of Deeds website]
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
1836--Rock County was created 7 December 1836&nbsp;from [[Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|Milwaukee ]]County. County seat: Janesville <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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1836--Rock County was created 7 December 1836&nbsp;from [[Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Milwaukee ]]County. County seat: Janesville <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.
  
 
There have been no boundary changes in Rock County since its inception.  
 
There have been no boundary changes in Rock County since its inception.  
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==== Records Loss  ====
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First Courthouse was built in 1841 and was destroyed by fire in 1859.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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[[Image:{{WI Rock County, Wisconsin Clickable Neighbors}}|right|250px]]
  
 
=== Populated Places  ===
 
=== Populated Places  ===
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
*[[Boone County, Illinois|Boone County, Illinois]]  
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[[Boone County, Illinois Genealogy|Boone County, Illinois]] {{•}} [[Dane County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Dane]] {{•}} [[Green County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Green]] {{•}} [[Jefferson County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Jefferson]] {{•}} [[Walworth County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Walworth]] {{•}} [[Winnebago County, Illinois Genealogy|Winnebago County, Illinois]]
*[[Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane]]  
 
*[[Green County, Wisconsin|Green]]  
 
*[[Jefferson County, Wisconsin|Jefferson]]  
 
*[[Walworth County, Wisconsin|Walworth<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1231289448328_768" />]]  
 
*[[Winnebago County, Illinois|Winnebago County, Illinois]]
 
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
See [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Cems/cemindex.html WIGenWeb Rock County]  
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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=3045&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=51&CScnty=3045 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Cems/cemindex.html WIGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Rock+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=Rock&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wi/rock.htm WIGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/wisconsin/rock.htm WITombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://graveyards.com/Wisconsin/Rock Graveyards]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23156&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=47&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/wi/cemetery/rock.html Rock County Tombstone Photograph Pages] USGenWeb Archives
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*[[Janesville,_Wisconsin#Cemeteries| Janesville, Wisconsin Cemeteries]]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/rock/cemeteries/eastlawn.txt Eastlawn Cemetery, Beloit] Transcription of markers. USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/rock/cemeteries/turtleville.txt Turtleville Cemetery] Partial grave information. USGenWeb Archives
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F176546 1855 Wisconsin State Census—] Free images can be viewed at the [[Wisconsin 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch website]]. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane, and foreign born.  
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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.
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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://www.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://www.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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.
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*'''1905''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F259395 1905 Rock County, Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1905 State Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch website]]. This census includes name of each member of the household, sex, race, age, marital status, country of birth, country of parents' birth, occupation, and home ownership.
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1766631875 Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1875 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch website]]. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, and insane.  
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*'''1836-1930''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Census/census.html Rock County Census Records] Records from 1836 to 1930. State and federal census by township. Some links. WIGenWeb project
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F176742 1885 Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1885 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch website]]. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of individuals from each country of origin.
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=== Church History and Records  ===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/church/churches.html Rock County Churches and Clergymen] WIGenWeb project
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*[[Janesville,_Wisconsin#Church_Records| Janesville, Wisconsin Church Records]]
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F176967 1895 Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1895 State Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch website]]. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of individuals from each country of origin.
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===== Lutheran  =====
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F259395 1905 Rock County, Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1905 State Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch website]]. This census includes name of each member of the household, sex, race, age, marital status, country of birth, country of parents' birth, occupation, and home ownership.  
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Beloit, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
 
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
 
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
  
City and county directories from 1858 to 1931 can be found at the [http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/JanesvillesPastAbout.html#CityCounty University of Wisconsin Digital Collections].  
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City and county directories from 1858 to 1931 can be found at<br>
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*[http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/JanesvillesPastAbout.html#CityCounty University of Wisconsin Digital Collections].
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*[[Janesville,_Wisconsin#City_Directories| Janesville, Wisconsin City Directories]]
  
 
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
 
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
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=== Genealogy  ===
 
=== Genealogy  ===
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/rock_twps.html Rock County Townships (sic) Guides] - resources in each civil town, published by the Rock County Genealogical Society
 
 
*[http://hedbergpubliclibrary.org/local_history_database.html Local History Database] - index to obituaries, newspaper articles, and photos, maintained by the Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
 
*[http://hedbergpubliclibrary.org/local_history_database.html Local History Database] - index to obituaries, newspaper articles, and photos, maintained by the Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/wi/county/rock/ Rock County Histories] American Local History Network. WIGenWeb project
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Land/land.html Rock County Land and Property Records] WIGenWeb Project
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/1858RockCoWisPlatMap/1858.html 1858 Plat Map of Rock County] at the Rock County Genealogical Society website  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/wisconsin/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Wisconsin]
*[http://freepages.books.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirockbios/1873/AtlasMain.html 1873 Plat Map of Rock County] at WIGenWeb Rock County  
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Rock County, Wisconsin] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/1920RockCoWisPlatMap/1922.html 1922 Plat map of Rock County] at the Rock County Genealogical Society website  
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*[http://www.rcgswi.org 1858 Plat Map of Rock County] at the Rock County Genealogical Society website  
*[http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/rock.pdf Official Wisconsin DOT Map of Rock County], showing cities, highways, town boundaries, and survey township numbers
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Maps/MapsTwps.html 1873 Plat Map of Rock County] at WIGenWeb Rock County  
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*[http://www.rcgswi.org 1922 Plat map of Rock County] at the Rock County Genealogical Society website  
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*[http://wisconsindot.gov/Documents/travel/road/hwy-maps/county-maps/rock.pdf Official Wisconsin DOT Map of Rock County], showing cities, highways, town boundaries, and survey township numbers
  
 
=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
  
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Military/military.html Rock County Links to All Wars] WIGenWeb project
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*[http://coplien.com/vets/ Rock County Veteran Burials] Links to all wars from Civil War to Vietnam
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Civil War service men from Rock 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 Rock County. <br>
  
[http://coplien.com/vets/ Rock County Veteran Burials]  
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry]], Companies K, L, and M<br>
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry]], Companies C, E, H, and L
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:- [[5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry,|5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company E
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:- [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/5th_Regiment,_Wisconsin_Infantry, 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized], Company B
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:- [[6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company G
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:- [[8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company G
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:- [[13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Companies A, B, D, E, F, G, H and K
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:- [[15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry|15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry]], Company G
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/ImmNat/immnat.html Rock County Immigration and Naturalization Links] WIGenWeb Project
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
  
[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has digitized historical newspapers from Janesville from the late 1800s and early 1900s that covered local news on residents from Rock County.  
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has digitized historical newspapers from Janesville from the late 1800s and early 1900s that covered local news on residents from Rock County.
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*[[Janesville,_Wisconsin#Newspapers| Janesville, Wisconsin Newspapers]] Free
  
 
=== Obituaries  ===
 
=== Obituaries  ===
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/wi/rock.htm Rock County Obituaries] USGenWeb Archives
  
 
=== Periodicals  ===
 
=== Periodicals  ===
  
 
=== 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://search.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
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=== Vital Records  ===
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==== Vital Records  ====
  
 
The [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] at the Wisconsin Historical Society contains an index of pre-1907 Wisconsin vital records.  
 
The [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] at the Wisconsin Historical Society contains an index of pre-1907 Wisconsin 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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*1836 - 1930 {{RecordSearch|1708704|Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/vitals/wed.html Rock County Marriages] Indexed by bride and groom. WIGenWeb project
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/vitals/EarlyWed.html Early Rock County Marriages] WIGenWeb project
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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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*1959 - 1997 {{RecordSearch|1947978|Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/vitals/deaths.html Rock County Deaths] Listed by surname and by resource. WIGenWeb project
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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== Repositories  ==
 
== Repositories  ==
  
Rock County Historical Society<br>426 North Jackson Street<br>Janesville, WI 53548<br>(608) 756-4509<br>[http://www.rchs.us/ http://www.rchs.us/]
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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]
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[http://www.rchs.us/ Rock County Historical Society]<br>426 North Jackson Street<br>Janesville, WI 53548<br>(608) 756-4509<br>
  
 
=== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ===
 
=== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ===
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*[http://als.lib.wi.us/MPL/ Milton Public Library]  
 
*[http://als.lib.wi.us/MPL/ Milton Public Library]  
 
*[http://als.lib.wi.us/OPL/ Orfordville Public Library]
 
*[http://als.lib.wi.us/OPL/ Orfordville Public Library]
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*[https://library.uww.edu/special-collections/area-research-center Anderson Library Area Research Center] University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  
 
=== County Court House  ===
 
=== County Court House  ===
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=== Family History Centers  ===
 
=== Family History Centers  ===
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
*[[Beloit Wisconsin Family History Center]]
 
*[[Beloit Wisconsin Family History Center]]
  
 
== Societies  ==
 
== Societies  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/ Rock County Genealogical Society]  
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'''Rock County Genealogical Society'''<br>Mailing address: PO Box 0936<br>Janesville, WI 53547-0936<br><br>
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'''RCGS Library''' located in the Charles Tallman<br> Archives and Research Center<br>
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430 Jackson Street<br>Janesville, WI 53547-0936
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Hours: Wed. - Fri., 10 AM - 4 PM (call ahead)<br>Telephone: 608-752-5891<br>[http://www.rcgswi.org/ Website] <br><br>
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'''Rock County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 8096<br>Janesville, WI 53547-8096<br>Telephone: 608-756-4509<br>[http://www.rchs.us/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Rock County Historical Society'''<br>426 N Jackson St<br>Janesville, WI 53548<br>Telephone: 608-756-4509<br>[http://www.rchs.us/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Beloit Historical Society'''<br> 845 Hackett St<br> Beloit, WI 53511<br>Telephone: 608-365-7835<br>[http://www.beloithistoricalsociety.com/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Clinton Community Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 606<br> Clinton, WI 53525<br>Telephone: 608-676-4940<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wicchs/Index.html?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0002159160&o_lid=0002159160&o_sch=Affiliate+External website]<br><br>
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'''Evansville Grove Society'''<br> PO Box 234<br> Evansville, WI 53536<br>Telephone: 608-882-6939<br>[http://www.grovesociety.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Milton Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 245<br> Milton, WI 53563<br>Telephone: 608-868-2930<br>[http://www.miltonhouse.org/milton-historical-society.html Website]<br><br>
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'''Sterling North Society'''<br> 409 W Rollin St<br> Edgerton, WI 53534<br>Telephone: 608-884-7589 Or: 608-884-3731<br>
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[http://www.sterlingnorthsociety.com/ Website]<br><br>
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*[http://www.gig-wi.com German Interest Group-Wisconsin]
 
*[http://www.gig-wi.com German Interest Group-Wisconsin]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*{{FHL|Wisconsin%2C+Rock|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.rcgswi.org/index.html Rock County Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/wisconsin/rock-county/ Rock 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+Rock|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/wi/rock.htm Rock County Archives] USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/ Rock County] WIGenWeb project
  
 
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Latest revision as of 18:20, 3 October 2017

United States
Wisconsin
Rock County

Guide to Rock 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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Rock County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Rock County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1842
County Seat Janesville
Courthouse
Address Rock County Courthouse
51 S Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545-3978
Phone: 608.757.5660
Rock County Courthouse


County Information

Rock County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1856 1840 1840 1839 1850

County Courthouse

Rock County Courthouse 
51 S Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545-3978
Phone: 608.757.5660

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records from 1849
and land records from 1839; Registrar in Probate has probate records [1]

County Offices

History

Parent County

1836--Rock County was created 7 December 1836 from Milwaukee County. County seat: Janesville [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.

There have been no boundary changes in Rock County since its inception.

Records Loss

First Courthouse was built in 1841 and was destroyed by fire in 1859.

Places / Localities

WI ROCK.JPG

Populated Places

See Wikipedia entry

Neighboring Counties

Boone County, Illinois  • Dane  • Green  • Jefferson  • Walworth  • Winnebago County, Illinois

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
Graveyards
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information.

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.
  • 1905 - 1905 Rock County, Wisconsin State Census— Free indexed images can be viewed on the FamilySearch website. This census includes name of each member of the household, sex, race, age, marital status, country of birth, country of parents' birth, occupation, and home ownership.
  • 1836-1930 - Rock County Census Records Records from 1836 to 1930. State and federal census by township. Some links. WIGenWeb project

Church History and Records

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

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

City and county directories from 1858 to 1931 can be found at

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Rock 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 Rock County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies K, L, and M
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies C, E, H, and L
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company B
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G
- 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies A, B, D, E, F, G, H and K
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Records


Vital Records

The Wisconsin Genealogy Index at the Wisconsin Historical Society contains an index of pre-1907 Wisconsin vital records.

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Taxation

Voting Registers

Repositories

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

Rock County Historical Society
426 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53548
(608) 756-4509

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Court House

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

Rock County Genealogical Society
Mailing address: PO Box 0936
Janesville, WI 53547-0936

RCGS Library located in the Charles Tallman
Archives and Research Center
430 Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53547-0936 Hours: Wed. - Fri., 10 AM - 4 PM (call ahead)
Telephone: 608-752-5891
Website

Rock County Historical Society
PO Box 8096
Janesville, WI 53547-8096
Telephone: 608-756-4509
Website

Rock County Historical Society
426 N Jackson St
Janesville, WI 53548
Telephone: 608-756-4509
Website

Beloit Historical Society
845 Hackett St
Beloit, WI 53511
Telephone: 608-365-7835
Website

Clinton Community Historical Society
PO Box 606
Clinton, WI 53525
Telephone: 608-676-4940
website

Evansville Grove Society
PO Box 234
Evansville, WI 53536
Telephone: 608-882-6939
Website

Milton Historical Society
PO Box 245
Milton, WI 53563
Telephone: 608-868-2930
Website

Sterling North Society
409 W Rollin St
Edgerton, WI 53534
Telephone: 608-884-7589 Or: 608-884-3731
Website

Websites

References

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