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Green County, Wisconsin Genealogy

Guide to Green County, Wisconsin ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Monroe
Organized: December 8, 1836
Parent County(s): Iowa[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dane  • Iowa  • Lafayette  • Rock  • Stephenson (IL)  • Winnebago (IL)
See County Maps
Green County Wisconsin Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County InformationEdit


The County was named for Nathanael Greene. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Green County Courthouse
1016 16th Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566-2098
Phone: 608-328-9430
Green County Website

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1907, marriage records from 1846, death records from 1878 and land records.
Clerk of Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
County Judge has probate records. [3]

Green County, Wisconsin Record DatesEdit

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.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1846 1878 1838 1836 1850 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. General compliance year unknown.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1836--Green County was created 8 December 1836 from Iowa County.
  • County seat: Monroe[5]

For animated maps illustrating Wisconsin County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wisconsin County Boundary Maps" (1790-1961) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated PlacesEdit

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: [6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Green County Civil Divisions WIGenWeb Project

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Green County, Wisconsin online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information

Census RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 933
1850 8,566 818.1%
1860 19,808 131.2%
1870 23,611 19.2%
1880 21,729 −8.0%
1890 22,732 4.6%
1900 22,719 −0.1%
1910 21,641 −4.7%
1920 21,568 −0.3%
1930 21,870 1.4%
1940 23,146 5.8%
1950 24,172 4.4%
1960 25,851 6.9%
1970 26,714 3.3%
1980 30,012 12.3%
1990 30,339 1.1%
2000 33,647 10.9%
2010 36,842 9.5%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Green census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.

State 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.

Federal Census

Church RecordsEdit

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.


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

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, Green County (USGenWeb Archives)

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Green 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 Green:

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company K
- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company I
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company I
- 5th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company H
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies F and K
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company B
- 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E and Company G with men from Spring Grove, found in Green County and |Green Lake County

World War IEdit

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Probate records are held by the Green Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the Green 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.

Online Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.





Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.




  • Green County Historical Society
    1503 6th St
    Monroe, WI 53566
  • Green County Genealogical Society Inc
    925 16th Ave
    Monroe, WI 53566
    Phone: 608-921-1537
  • Albany Historical Society
    PO Box 464
    Albany, WI 53502
    Phone: 608-862-3423
  • Brodhead Historical Society
    PO Box 33
    Brodhead, WI 53520
    Phone: 608-897-2635
  • Monticello Area Historical Society
    W3903 Gilbertson Rd
    Monticello, WI 53570
    Phone: 608-938-4442
  • New Glarus Historical Society
    PO Box 745
    New Glarus, WI 53574


Research GuidesEdit


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Green County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Wisconsin."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Green 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.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wisconsin.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Green County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin, accessed 12 September 2018.