Winnebago County, Wisconsin Genealogy
Guide to Winnebago County, Wisconsin ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 County Information
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biographies
- 2.3 Business, Commerce, and Occupations
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census Records
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Directories
- 2.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.10 Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups
- 2.11 Funeral Homes
- 2.12 Genealogies
- 2.13 Guardianship
- 2.14 Land and Property Records
- 2.15 Local Histories
- 2.16 Maps and Gazetteers
- 2.17 Migration
- 2.18 Military Records
- 2.19 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.20 Newspapers
- 2.21 Obituaries
- 2.22 Other Records
- 2.23 Periodicals
- 2.24 Probate Records
- 2.25 School Records
- 2.26 Social Security Records
- 2.27 Tax Records
- 2.28 Vital Records
- 3 Research Facilities
- 4 Societies
- 5 Websites
- 6 Research Guides
- 7 References
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
The County was named for the historic Winnebago people, a federally recognized Native American tribe now known as the Ho-Chunk Nation. Chief Oshkosh was a leader in the area. The County is located in the central east area of the state.
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Winnebago County Courthouse
415 Jackson Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Winnebago County Website
Register of Deeds has birth and land records from 1861, marriage records from 1870 and death records.
Register in Probate has probate records. 
Winnebago County, Wisconsin Record Dates[edit | edit source]
Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
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.
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:
History Timeline[edit | edit source]
Resources[edit | edit source]
Bible Records[edit | edit source]
Biographies[edit | edit source]
- Winnebago County Biographies USGenWeb Archives
- Biography Resources for Winnebago County WIGenWeb project
Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
Census Records[edit | edit source]
For tips on accessing Winnebago census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.
- Census Resources for Winnebago County WIGenWeb project
- 1855 - Wisconsin State Census, 1855 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. - How to Use this Collection
- 1865 - Wisconsin State Census, 1865 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. - How to Use this Collection
- 1875 - Wisconsin State Census, 1875 Identifies head of household by name. - How to Use this Collection
- 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. - How to Use this Collection
- 1895 - Wisconsin State Census, 1895 at FamilySearch — index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical. - How to Use this Collection
- 1905 - Wisconsin State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.- How to Use this Collection
- 1840-1930 - Links to Census Records by Township USGenWeb Archives
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Wisconsin denominations, view the Wisconsin Church Records wiki page.
- List of Churches of Winnebago County WIGenWeb project
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Records of the American Lutheran Church, Oshkosh, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
- Records of the Lutheran Church, Winnebago County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
First Presbyterian Church, Neenah
- Church Records USGenWeb Archives
List of Churches and Church Parishes
Court Records[edit | edit source]
Directories[edit | edit source]
Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]
Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]
Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]
Genealogies[edit | edit source]
Guardianship[edit | edit source]
Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Wisconsin Land and Property for additional information about early Wisconsin land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Winnebago County
- Surnames A-C USGenWeb Archives
- Surnames D-G USGenWeb Archives
- Surnames H-K USGenWeb Archives
- Surnames L-O USGenWeb Archives
- Surnames P-S USGenWeb Archives
- Surnames T-Z USGenWeb Archives
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
Migration[edit | edit source]
Military Records[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Regiments. Service men in Winnebago served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Winnebago:
- Winnebago County in the Civil War as taken from the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 WIGenWeb project
Civil War service men from Winnebago 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 Winnebago County.
- - 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies D and E.
- - 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies A and B.
- - 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Companies E and K
- - 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C
- - 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C (These men were from the town of Menasha. There is a town of Menasha in both Winnebago and Calumet Counties.)
- - 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K
- - 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C
World War I[edit | edit source]
- Winneconne and Vicinity, Boys in U.S. Service as listed in the Winneconne Local, October 24, 1918. WIGenWeb project
World War II[edit | edit source]
Winnebago County WWII Enlistees - Entry lists date and place of enlistment.
- Names ABRAHAM CURTIS J - BYRHOLDT CHESTER H USGenWeb Archives
- Names CABELKA EDWARD - FIERKE WILLIAM J USGenWeb Archives
- Names FINCH HAROLD E - HOKS GLEN A USGenWeb Archives
- Names HOLDREN EDWARD J - LANSING ROBERT J USGenWeb Archives
- Names LARSEN ROBERT P - NELSON ROY A USGenWeb Archives
- Names NEMITZ EARL W - RICHTER RUDOLPH R USGenWeb Archives
- Names RIEDHAUSER RICHARD F - SPORE JACK L USGenWeb Archives
- Names SPRAGUE KENNETH R - WAHLGREN HARRY W USGenWeb Archives
- Names WAITE EARL V - ZWICKY ROBERT H USGenWeb Archives
Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Obituaries[edit | edit source]
- Appleton Public Library Obituary Index which is located on the Fox River located in Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago Counties. A partial index to obituaries and death notices published in Appleton newspapers. Currently, records are available for the following time periods. There are complete records for 1853-71; 1874; 1920-22; 1939-42; 1944; 1948-52; 1958-1960; 1970; 1980; 1981; 1992-94, and January 1, 2001 to December 6, 2011. Some records from 1848; 1875; 1889; 1899; 1923; 1930; 1945; 1954; 1957; 1969; 1971-73; 1981; 1982; 1987; and 1991 have been indexed.
- Winnebago County Obituaries, A-H USGenWeb Archives
- Winnebago County Obituaries, I-Q USGenWeb Archives
- Winnebago County Obituaries, R-Z USGenWeb Archives
Other Records[edit | edit source]
Periodicals[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Probate records are held by the Winnebago Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Winnebago Courthouse. See the wiki page Wisconsin Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.
Content: Probate records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, and adoptions.
- 1800–1987 Wisconsin Wills and Probate Records 1800-1987 at Ancestry — images and index $
- 1848–1948 Wisconsin Probate Estate Files 1848-1948 at FamilySearch — images - How to Use this Collection
School Records[edit | edit source]
Social Security Records[edit | edit source]
- 1935-2014 United States Social Security Death Index at FamilySearch - How to use this collection; index. Also at Ancestry, findmypast, Fold3, GenealogyBank, MyHeritage, and Steve Morse. Click here for more information.
- 1936-2007 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 at Ancestry ($) — index, click here for more information.
Tax Records[edit | edit source]
Wisconsin tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned property or other items that could be taxed were listed, some residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records. For more information see the Wiki page, Wisconsin Taxation.
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Most counties started keeping records in the 1870s. In 1907, the counties began sending copies to the state.
For pre-1907 births, deaths, and marriages, search the Wisconsin Genealogy Index.
For additional information, see Wisconsin Vital Records.
Birth[edit | edit source]
- 1820-1907 Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1826-1908 Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908 at Ancestry — index $
- 1826-1926 Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
Marriage[edit | edit source]
- 1836-1911 Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1836-1930 Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1973-1997 Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1973-1997 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1973-1997 Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997 at Ancestry — index/images $
- 1885-1917 Winnebago County Marriage Announcements USGenWeb Archives
Death[edit | edit source]
- 1820-1907 Wisconsin, Death Index, 1820-1907 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1835-1968 Wisconsin, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1867-1907 Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
- 1959-1997 Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997 at FamilySearch — index - How to Use this Collection
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Research Facilities[edit | edit source]
Archives[edit | edit source]
Listed below are archives in Winnebago County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.
- Area Research Center
Polk Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.
Local Centers and Libraries
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Listed below are libraries in Winnebago County. For state-wide library facilities, see Wisconsin Archives and Libraries.
- Polk Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Area Research Center
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Listed below are societies in Winnebago County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Wisconsin Societies.
- Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society
234 Church Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901
- Hmong Cultural and Historical Society
502 Waugoo Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901
- Menasha Historical Society
233 Sunset Dr
Menasha, WI 54952
- Neenah Historical Society
PO Box 343
Neenah, WI 54957-0343
- Omro Area Historical Society
PO Box 133
Omro, WI 54963
- Winchester Area Historical Society
PO Box 84
Larsen, WI 54947
- Winnebagoland Genealogical Society
106 Washington Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901-4985
- Winneconne Historical Society
PO Box 262
Winneconne, WI 54986
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Winnebago County, WI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Wisconsin Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Area Research Center University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
- Winnebago County WIGenWeb project
- Winnebago County Archives USGenWeb Archives
- FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Winnebago County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnebago_County,_Wisconsin."
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Page 755-760, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 757-759.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Winnebago County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnebago_County,_Wisconsin#Communities, accessed 13 Dec 2018.