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Rock County, Wisconsin
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Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1842
County Seat Janesville
Courthouse
Address Rock County Courthouse
51 S Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545-3978
Phone: 608.757.5660
Rock County Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Rock County Courthouse 
51 S Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545-3978
Phone: 608.757.5660

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records from 1849
and land records from 1839; Registrar in Probate has probate records [1]

County Offices

History

Parent County

1836--Rock County was created 7 December 1836 from Milwaukee County. County seat: Janesville [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.

There have been no boundary changes in Rock County since its inception.

Records Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

See Wikipedia entry

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

See WIGenWeb Rock County Janesville,_Wisconsin#Cemeteries

Census

1855 Wisconsin State Census— Free images can be viewed at the FamilySearch website. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane, and foreign born.

Wisconsin State Census— Free indexed images can be viewed on the FamilySearch website. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, and insane.

1885 Wisconsin State Census— Free indexed images can be viewed on the FamilySearch website. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of individuals from each country of origin.

1895 Wisconsin State Census— Free indexed images can be viewed on the FamilySearch website. This census includes name of head of household, number of individuals in the household by sex and race, number of individuals from each country of origin.

1905 Rock County, Wisconsin State Census— Free indexed images can be viewed on the FamilySearch website. This census includes name of each member of the household, sex, race, age, marital status, country of birth, country of parents' birth, occupation, and home ownership.

Church History and Records

Lutheran
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Beloit, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

City and county directories from 1858 to 1931 can be found at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. Janesville,_Wisconsin#City_Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Rock 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 Rock County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies K, L, and M
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies C, E, H, and L

Rock County Veteran Burials

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has digitized historical newspapers from Janesville from the late 1800s and early 1900s that covered local news on residents from Rock County. Janesville,_Wisconsin#Newspapers Free

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Vital Records

The Wisconsin Genealogy Index at the Wisconsin Historical Society contains an index of pre-1907 Wisconsin vital records.

Birth

Marriage

Divorce

Death

Taxation

Voting Registers

Repositories

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

Rock County Historical Society
426 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53548
(608) 756-4509
http://www.rchs.us/

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Court House

Family History Centers

Societies

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Rock County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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