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Portage County, Wisconsin
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Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 7, 1842
County Seat Stevens Point
Courthouse
Address Portage County Courthouse
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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Contents

Historical Facts

Parent County

1836--Portage County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown, Crawford, Iowa andMilwaukee Counties.
County seat: Stevens Point [1]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Wisconsin Counties see: Wisconsin Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Guyant Collection of Tombstone Inscriptions is on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This collection includes tombstone inscriptions copied between 1970 and 1981 by Wayne and Alta Guyant in cemeteries in seventeen Wisconsin counties, and clipped newspaper obituaries and other related items. The records represent every known cemetery in Florence, Langlade, Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara counties and many in Adams, Barron, Forest, Green Lake, Juneau, Lincoln, Marquette, Oneida, Outagamie, Shawano, Winnebago, and Wood counties.

Portage County Cemetery Index

Forest Cemetery Records

Union Cemetery Records

Census

1855 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1855 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search This census includes name of head of family, individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.

1885 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1885 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search This census includes name of head of family, individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.


Church History and Records

Information about local churches (history and records) can be found on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.

Lutheran
  • Records of Peace Lutheran Church, Amherst, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

The surviving early probate files have been indexed and are on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.  Also indexed are the Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index 1849-1919 and the Circuit Court Civil Case Files Defendant Index 1845-1919

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Ethnic Communities of Portage County

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Portage County Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Portage 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 Portage County.

- 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company B
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company H

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization Records for Portage County have been indexed and the index is available on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.

Newspapers

A complete listing of all Portage County newspapers can be found on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.

Obituaries

The Portage County Obituary Index is now a part of the Central Wisconsin Genealogy Index . Full text obituaries from The Wisconsin Pinery (1853-1890) and The Plover Times (1866-1881) can be found on the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website. These are not indexed in the Obituary Index.

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate Index

Repositories

See also a List of Wisconsin Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Nelis R. Kampanga University Archives

Portage County Public Library

List of genealogical resources available at the Portage County Public Library

County Courthouse

The Portage County Courthouse is located at 1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  The Register of Deeds office, which houses birth, death, and marriage records, as well as land records is open for genealogical research during the following days and times:

Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closed for research on Fridays and from 11:30 - 1:00.

Family History Centers

Societies

Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society

Portage County Historical Society

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Birth Records Indexed

Marriage

Marriage Records Indexed

Divorce
Death

Death Records Indexed

Voting Registers

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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