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Pepin County, Wisconsin Genealogy


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

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County Facts
County seat: Durand
Organized: Feburary 25, 1858
Parent County(s): Dunn County[1]
Neighboring Counties
Buffalo  • Dunn  • Eau Claire  • Goodhue (MN)  • Pierce  • Wabasha (MN)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Pepin County Old Courthouse WI.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for the French conquistadors Pierre and Jean Pepin du Chardonnets. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Pepin County Courthouse
740 7th Ave West
Dunrand, WI 54736-1628
Phone: 715-672-8857
Pepin County Website

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

Pepin 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
1863 1858 1857 1858 1855 1856 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

  • 1858--Pepin County was created 25 February 1858 from Dunn County.
  • County seat: Durand[5]

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 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]


Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Pepin 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 2,392
1870 4,659 94.8%
1880 6,226 33.6%
1890 6,932 11.3%
1900 7,905 14.0%
1910 7,577 −4.1%
1920 7,481 −1.3%
1930 7,450 −0.4%
1940 7,897 6.0%
1950 7,462 −5.5%
1960 7,332 −1.7%
1970 7,319 −0.2%
1980 7,477 2.2%
1990 7,107 −4.9%
2000 7,213 1.5%
2010 7,469 3.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Pepin 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.

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

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

Pierce CountyDunn CountyEau Claire CountyBuffalo CountyWabasha CountyGoodhue CountyWI PEPIN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Pepin 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 Pepin:

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company L
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company I

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: Wisconsin Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical 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.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

  • University Archives/Area Research Center
    Robert S. Swanson Library, University of Wisconsin, Stout
    315 Tenth Ave.
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Phone: 715-232-2300
    Email: archives@uwstout.edu
    Website


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.

LibrariesEdit

  • Robert S. Swanson Library, University of Wisconsin, Stout
    University Archives/Area Research Center
    315 Tenth Ave.
    Menomonie, WI 54751
    Phone: 715-232-2300
    Email: archives@uwstout.edu
    Website
  • Durand Community Library
    604 7th Avenue East
    Durand, WI 54736
    Phone: 715-672-8730
    Website
  • Pepin Public Library
    510 2nd St.
    Po Box 248
    Pepin, WI 54759
    Phone: 715-442-4932
    Website

MuseumsEdit

  • Pepin County Historical Society Museum
    Website

SocietiesEdit

  • Pepin County Historical Society
    315 W. Madison St.
    Durand, WI 54736
    Phone: 715-672-5423

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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, "Pepin County, Wisconsin " in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepin_County,_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), Pepin 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, "Pepin County, Wisconsin," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepin_County%2C_Wisconsin#Communities, accessed 26 Dec 2018.