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 Tax Records
- 2.27 Vital Records
- 3 Research Facilities
- 4 Societies
- 5 Websites
- 6 Research Guides
- 7 References
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.
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 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.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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.
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:
- Winnebago County Biographies USGenWeb Archives
- Biography Resources for Winnebago County WIGenWeb project
Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit
For tips on accessing Winnebago census records online, see: Wisconsin Census.
- Census Resources for Winnebago County WIGenWeb project
- 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.
- 1840-1930 - Links to Census Records by Township USGenWeb Archives
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
Emigration and ImmigrationEdit
Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit
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, 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
Maps and GazetteersEdit
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 IEdit
- Winneconne and Vicinity, Boys in U.S. Service as listed in the Winneconne Local, October 24, 1918. WIGenWeb project
World War IIEdit
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 CitizenshipEdit
- 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
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
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 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.
- 1820-1907 Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907 at FamilySearch — index
- 1826-1908 Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908 at Ancestry — index $
- 1826-1926 Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926 at FamilySearch — index
- 1836-1911 Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911 at FamilySearch — index
- 1836-1930 Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930 at FamilySearch — index
- 1973-1997 Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1973-1997 at FamilySearch — index
- 1973-1997 Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997 at Ancestry — index/images $
- 1885-1917 Winnebago County Marriage Announcements USGenWeb Archives
- 1820-1907 Wisconsin, Death Index, 1820-1907 at FamilySearch — index
- 1835-1968 Wisconsin, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968 at FamilySearch — index
- 1867-1907 Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907 at FamilySearch — index
- 1959-1997 Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997 at FamilySearch — index
- Area Research Center
Polk Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
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.
- For current information about a center near you, go to the Family History Center Map
- Polk Library, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Area Research Center
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
- 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
- Winnebago County, WI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Wisconsin Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- 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
- 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.