Waukesha County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Guide to Waukesha County Wisconsin genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Historical Facts

Parent County

1846--Waukesha County was created 31 January 1846 from Milwaukee County. County seat: Waukesha [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

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

Vital records were not required until 1907. Before that time some civil records are available according to the dates below:

Births are available circa 1860 - present
Death records are available circa 1872 - present
Marriage records are available circa 1846-present

Records prior to the 1846 may be found in Milwaukee County

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records




Church History and Records


Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc

  • Records of Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. John's (Pine Lake) Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc

  • Records of St. John's (Pine Lake) Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[2]

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Newspaper clipping from Waukesha Daily Paper; dated 6 January 1952; entitled: 1840 Date of First Death Recorded in Merton Town. Was the second in a series of articles tracing the history of Merton. Taken from a paper presenting to the Waukesha county historical society by William Kuntz. This is only a snipit of the article.
"In 1840 the first death occurred in the town of Merton. It was that of Martin Molster, who died in January of that year. Tragedy stalked the shores of Lake Keesus where two young men were drowned while bathing in the lake. They had been employed in a maple sugar camp nearby. "


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





  • The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Chicago : Western Historical Company. Containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources; an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages--their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and Constitution and of the Constitution of the United States (1880).   Online at Internet Archives www.archive.org.

Land and Property



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Waukesha 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 Waukesha County.

-1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company F
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company D
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies F and G
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company C
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K

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



Vital Records


Voting Registers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.