Vernon County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Guide to Vernon 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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Online Records

Vernon County, Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded 1851
County Seat Viroqua
Address Vernon County Courthouse
400 Courthouse Square Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
Phone:. 608.637.5380
Vernon County Website
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County Courthouse

Vernon County Courthouse
400 Courthouse Square Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
Phone:. 608.637.5380 

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records; Register
in Probate has probate records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1862 - Vernon County was created 22 March 1862 by the renaming of Bad Ax County. County seat: Viroqua [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 website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Wisconsin Counties see: Wisconsin Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



In the town of Forest is the Mount Tabor Cemetery. It is located in a very rural part of the county, on County Highway V. Even though the cemetery is listed under the town of Forest, Wisconsin, google maps places the cemetery in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. A common surname in this cemetery is Cox.


Church History and Records

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

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Vernon 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 Vernon County.

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company H
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company B

Naturalization and Citizenship




Probate 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.


Vernon County Historical Society
Viroqua, Wisconsin
fax: 608–637–8736

The Vernon County Historical Society (VCHS) is the officially recognized county organization for the preservation of Vernon County's historical heritage. A genealogical class is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Check the online schedule for date and time.

Westby Area Historical Society
Thoreson House
101 Black River Ave
Westby WI 54667

The Westby Area Historical Society (WAHS) meets on the first Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Thoreson House. Winter meetings are held at the Halvorson Apartments.

The first settlers arrived in Vernon County, Wisconsin in the 1840s, and many of their descendants are still in the area. Others have carried their heritage to the ends of the country and beyond. Our goal is to collect and preserve their stories, family artifacts and other memorabilia, and to educate future generations in the heritage of this community.


Vital Records


Voting Registers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 760 Vernon, Wisconsin
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).