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The following is a list of the counties that existed in Wisconsin from the time it gained territorial status (20 April 1836) up to the present. It excludes those counties that were created in the area that became Iowa Territory on 4 July 1838.  
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The following is a list of the counties that existed in Wisconsin from the time it gained territorial status (20 April 1836) up to the present. It excludes those counties that were created in the area that became Iowa Territory on 4 July 1838.<ref>Kane, Joseph Nathan. The American Counties. New York, NY: Scarecrow Press, 1962.</ref>
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Before becoming a territory the area that now makes up Wisconsin belonged to the following jurisdictions:
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Northwest Territory - 13 July 1787 to 7 May 1800
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Indiana Territory - 7 May 1800 to 1 March 1809
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Illinois Territory - 1 March 1809 to 18 April 1818
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Michigan Territory - 18 April 1818 to 20 April 1836
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Maps of the boundary changes of Wisconsin counties are hosted at [http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/wi_cf.html FamilyHistory101.com].  
  
 
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Revision as of 17:14, 29 January 2009

The following is a list of the counties that existed in Wisconsin from the time it gained territorial status (20 April 1836) up to the present. It excludes those counties that were created in the area that became Iowa Territory on 4 July 1838.[1]

Before becoming a territory the area that now makes up Wisconsin belonged to the following jurisdictions:

Northwest Territory - 13 July 1787 to 7 May 1800

Indiana Territory - 7 May 1800 to 1 March 1809

Illinois Territory - 1 March 1809 to 18 April 1818

Michigan Territory - 18 April 1818 to 20 April 1836

Maps of the boundary changes of Wisconsin counties are hosted at FamilyHistory101.com.

County Date Created Parent County Notes
Adams 11 Mar 1848 Portage
Ashland 27 Mar 1860 La Pointe
Bad Axe 1 Mar 1851 Crawford 22 Mar 1862 name changed to Vernon County.
Barron 4 Mar 1869 Dallas
Bayfield 12 Apr 1866 La Pointe
Brown 26 Oct 1818 Original County
Buffalo 6 Jul 1853 La Crosse
Burnett
31 Mar 1856 Douglas & Polk
Calumet 7 Dec 1836 Brown
Chippewa 3 Feb 1845 Crawford
Clark 6 Jul 1853 La Crosse
Columbia 3 Feb 1846 Portage
Crawford 26 Oct 1818 Original County
Dallas 19 Mar 1859 Polk 4 Mar 1869 name changed to Barron County.
Dane 7 Dec 1836 Crawford, Iowa & Milwaukee
Dodge 7 Dec 1836 Brown & Milwaukee
Door 11 Feb 1851 Brown
Douglas 9 Feb 1854 La Pointe
Dunn 3 Feb 1854 Chippewa
Eau Claire 6 Oct 1856 Chippewa
Florence 18 Mar 1882 Marinette, Oconto
Fond du Lac 7 Dec 1836 Brown
Forest 11 Apr 1885 Langlade
Gates 15 May 1901 Chippewa 19 Jun 1905 name changed to Rusk County.
Grant 8 Dec 1836 Iowa
Green 8 Dec 1836 Iowa
Green Lake 5 Mar 1858 Marquette
Iowa 9 Oct 1829 Crawford
Iron 1 Mar 1893 Ashland
Jackson 11 Feb 1853 La Crosse
Jefferson 7 Dec 1836 Milwaukee
Juneau 13 Oct 1856 Adams
Kenosha 30 Jan 1850 Racine
Kewaunee 16 Apr 1852 Door
La Crosse 1 Mar 1851 Crawford
La Pointe 19 Feb 1845 Saint Croix 12 Apr 1866 name changed to Bayfield County.
Lafayette 31 Jan 1846 Iowa
Langlade 19 Feb 1880 New
Lincoln 4 Mar 1874 Marathon
Manitowoc 7 Dec 1836 Brown
Marathon 9 Feb 1850 Portage
Marinette 27 Feb 1879 Oconto
Marquette 7 Dec 1836 Brown
Menominee 1 May 1961 Oconto & Shawano
Milwaukee 6 Sep 1834 Original County
Monroe 21 Mar 1854 La Crosse
New 27 Feb 1879 Oconto 19 Feb 1880 name changed to Langlade County.
Oconto 6 Feb 1851 Brown
Oneida 11 Apr 1885 Lincoln
Outagamie 17 Feb 1851 Brown & Winnebago
Ozaukee 7 Mar 1853 Washington
Pepin 25 Feb 1858 Dunn
Pierce 14 Mar 1853 Saint Croix
Polk 14 Mar 1853 Saint Croix
Portage 7 Dec 1836 Brown, Crawford, Iowa & Milwaukee
Price 26 Feb 1879 Chippewa & Lincoln
Racine 7 Dec 1836 Milwaukee
Richland 18 Feb 1842 Iowa
Rock 7 Dec 1836 Milwaukee
Rusk 19 Jun 1905 Gates
Saint Croix 9 Jan 1840 Crawford
Sauk 11 Jan 1840 Crawford, Dane & Portage
Sawyer 10 Mar 1883 Ashland & Chippewa
Shawano 16 Feb 1853 Oconto, Waupaca & Winnebago
Sheboygan 7 Dec 1836 Brown
Taylor 4 Mar 1875 Chippewa, Clark, Lincoln & Marathon
Trempealeau 27 Jan 1854 Buffalo, Chippewa, Jackson & La Crosse
Vernon 22 Mar 1862 Bad Axe
Vilas 12 Apr 1893 Oneida
Walworth 7 Dec 1836 Milwaukee
Washburn 27 Mar 1883 Burnett
Washington 7 Dec 1836 Brown & Milwaukee
Waukesha 31 Jan 1846 Milwaukee
Waupaca 17 Feb 1851 Brown & Winnebago
Waushara 15 Feb 1851 Marquette
Winnebago 6 Jan 1840 Brown
Wood 29 Mar 1856 Portage
  1. Kane, Joseph Nathan. The American Counties. New York, NY: Scarecrow Press, 1962.