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La Crosse County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: La Crosse
Organized: March 1, 1851
Parent County(s): Crawford County[1]
Neighboring Counties
Houston (MN)  • Jackson  • Monroe  • Trempealeau  • Vernon  • Winona (MN)
See County Maps
La Crosse County Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County InformationEdit


The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

La Crosse County Courthouse
400 4th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601-3200
Phone: 608-785-9577
La Crosse County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1851.
Clerk of Courts has divorce and court records.
Register in Probate has probate records from 1851.[3]

La Crosse 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
1851 1851 1851 1850 1851 1851 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

  • 1851--La Crosse County was created 1 March 1851 from Crawford County.
  • County seat: La Crosse[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

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of La Crosse 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.
1860 12,186
1870 20,297 66.6%
1880 27,073 33.4%
1890 38,801 43.3%
1900 42,997 10.8%
1910 43,996 2.3%
1920 44,355 0.8%
1930 54,455 22.8%
1940 59,653 9.5%
1950 67,587 13.3%
1960 72,465 7.2%
1970 80,468 11.0%
1980 91,056 13.2%
1990 97,904 7.5%
2000 107,120 9.4%
2010 114,638 7.0%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing La Crosse 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.

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, Holmen, 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.

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in La Crosse 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 La Crosse:

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies B, D, H, and L
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company A
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company C
- 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company D

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Probate records are held by the La Crosse Clerk of Circuit Court and are housed at the La Crosse 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


  • Area Research Center
    Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
    1631 Pine St.
    La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
    Telephone: 608-785-8511

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.




  • La Crosse County Historical Society
    Mailing: PO Box 1272
    La Crosse, WI 54602-1272
    429 7th Street N
    La Crosse, WI 54601-3301
    Phone: 608-782-1980
  • Holmen Area Historical Society
    PO Box 535
    Holmen, WI 54636
  • La Crosse Heritage Association
    600 3rd Street N
    La Crosse, WI 54601-6299
  • La Crosse Area Genealogical Society
    PO Box 1782
    La Crosse, WI 54602


Research GuidesEdit


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "La Crosse 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), La Crosse 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, "La Crosse County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wisconsin, accessed 19 September 2018.