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== County Courthouse  ==
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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Portage County'''
  
Portage County Courthouse<br>1516 Church Street <br>Stevens Point, WI 54481<br>Phone: 715.346.1351 <br>
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Guide to '''Portage County Wisconsin genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Register of Deeds has birth records from 1863, <br>marriage records from 1860, death records<br>from 1856 and land records; Clerk Circuit Court<br>has divorce and court records from 1844; <br>County Judge has probate records from 1890 <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Portage Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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== Historical Facts  ==
 
== Historical Facts  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
1836--Portage County was created 7 December 1836&nbsp;from &lt;a href="Brown County, Wisconsin"&gt;Brown&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="Crawford County, Wisconsin"&gt;Crawford&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="Iowa County, Wisconsin"&gt;Iowa&lt;/a&gt; and&lt;a href="Milwaukee County, Wisconsin"&gt;Milwaukee&lt;/a&gt; Counties.<br>County seat: Stevens Point <ref>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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1836--Portage County was created 7 December 1836&nbsp;from [[Brown County, Wisconsin|Brown]], [[Crawford County, Wisconsin|Crawford]], [[Iowa County, Wisconsin|Iowa]] and[[Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|Milwaukee]] Counties.<br>County seat: Stevens Point <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*&lt;a href="Adams County, Wisconsin"&gt;Adams&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[Adams County, Wisconsin|Adams]]
*&lt;a href="Marathon County, Wisconsin"&gt;Marathon&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[Marathon County, Wisconsin|Marathon]]
*&lt;a href="Shawano County, Wisconsin"&gt;Shawano&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[Shawano County, Wisconsin|Shawano]]
*&lt;a href="Waupaca County, Wisconsin"&gt;Waupaca&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[Waupaca County, Wisconsin|Waupaca]]
*&lt;a href="Waushara County, Wisconsin"&gt;Waushara&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[Waushara County, Wisconsin|Waushara]]
*&lt;a href="Wood County, Wisconsin"&gt;Wood&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[Wood County, Wisconsin|Wood]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
&lt;a href="https://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;titleno=93898&amp;disp=Portage%2C+Waupaca%2C+and+Waushara+count++"&gt;Guyant Collection of Tombstone Inscriptions&lt;/a&gt;&nbsp;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.  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=93898&disp=Portage%2C+Waupaca%2C+and+Waushara+count++ Guyant Collection of Tombstone Inscriptions]&nbsp;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.  
  
&lt;a href="http://library.uwsp.edu/depts/archives/Cemetery/"&gt;Portage County Cemetery Index&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://library.uwsp.edu/depts/archives/Cemetery/ Portage County Cemetery Index]
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/forest-cem.html"&gt;Forest Cemetery Records&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/forest-cem.html Forest Cemetery Records]
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/union-cem.html"&gt;Union Cemetery Records&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/union-cem.html Union Cemetery Records]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
1855 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1855 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the &lt;a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443825"&gt;FamilySearch Record Search&lt;/a&gt; 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.<br>  
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1855 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1855 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443825 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.<br>  
  
1885 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1885 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the &lt;a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443713"&gt;FamilySearch Record Search&lt;/a&gt; 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.<br>  
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1885 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1885 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443713 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.<br>  
  
 
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==== Church History and Records  ====
 
==== Church History and Records  ====
  
Information about local churches (history and records) can be found on the &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/history/churches.html"&gt;Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website&lt;/a&gt;.  
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Information about local churches (history and records) can be found on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/history/churches.html Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website].
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===== Lutheran  =====
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:*Records of Peace Lutheran Church, Amherst, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
The surviving early probate files have been indexed and are on the &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/court.html"&gt;Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website&lt;/a&gt;.&nbsp; Also indexed are the Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index 1849-1919 and the Circuit Court Civil Case Files Defendant Index 1845-1919<br>  
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The surviving early probate files have been indexed and are on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/court.html Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website].&nbsp; Also indexed are the Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index 1849-1919 and the Circuit Court Civil Case Files Defendant Index 1845-1919<br>  
  
 
==== Crime and Criminals  ====
 
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
  
===== &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/history/ethnic.html"&gt;Ethnic Communities of Portage County&lt;/a&gt;<br>  =====
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===== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/history/ethnic.html Ethnic Communities of Portage County]<br>  =====
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/maps/maps.html"&gt;Portage County Maps&lt;/a&gt;
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Portage County, Wisconsin] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/maps/maps.html Portage County Maps]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
Naturalization Records for Portage County have been indexed and the index is available on the &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/naturalization.html"&gt;Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.&lt;/a&gt;<br>  
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Naturalization Records for Portage County have been indexed and the index is available on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/naturalization.html Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.]<br>  
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
A complete listing of all Portage County newspapers can be found on the &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/newspapers.html"&gt;Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website&lt;/a&gt;.<br>  
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A complete listing of all Portage County newspapers can be found on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/newspapers.html Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website].<br>  
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
The Portage County Obituary Index is now a part of the &lt;a href="http://mypoint.uwsp.edu/Library/gen_index"&gt;Central Wisconsin Genealogy Index &lt;/a&gt;. Full text obituaries from The Wisconsin Pinery (1853-1890) and The Plover Times (1866-1881) can be found on the &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/obituaries.html"&gt;Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website&lt;/a&gt;. These are not indexed in the Obituary Index. <br>  
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The Portage County Obituary Index is now a part of the [http://mypoint.uwsp.edu/Library/gen_index Central Wisconsin Genealogy Index ]. Full text obituaries from The Wisconsin Pinery (1853-1890) and The Plover Times (1866-1881) can be found on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/obituaries.html Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website]. These are not indexed in the Obituary Index. <br>  
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/court.html"&gt;Probate Index&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/court.html Probate Index]
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
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===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
 
===== Archives, Libraries and Museums  =====
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/archives.html"&gt;Nelis R. Kampanga University Archives&lt;/a&gt;<br>  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/archives.html Nelis R. Kampanga University Archives]<br>  
  
&lt;a href="http://library.uwsp.edu/pcl/index.htm"&gt;Portage County Public Library&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://library.uwsp.edu/pcl/index.htm Portage County Public Library]
  
List of genealogical resources available at the &lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/library.html"&gt;Portage County Public Library &lt;/a&gt;
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List of genealogical resources available at the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/library.html Portage County Public Library ]
  
 
===== County Courthouse  =====
 
===== County Courthouse  =====
  
The Portage County Courthouse is located at 1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481.&nbsp; The &lt;a href="http://www.co.portage.wi.us/rod/"&gt;Register of Deeds&lt;/a&gt; office, which houses birth, death, and marriage records, as well as land records is open for genealogical research during the following days and times:<br>  
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The Portage County Courthouse is located at 1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481.&nbsp; The [http://www.co.portage.wi.us/rod/ 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:<br>  
  
 
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.<br>  
 
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.<br>  
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==== Societies  ====
 
==== Societies  ====
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/index.html"&gt;Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society&lt;/a&gt; <br>  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/index.html Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society] <br>  
  
&lt;a href="http://www.pchswi.org/index.htm"&gt;Portage County Historical Society&lt;/a&gt; <br>  
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[http://www.pchswi.org/index.htm Portage County Historical Society] <br>  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html"&gt;Birth Records Indexed&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html Birth Records Indexed]
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html"&gt;Marriage Records Indexed&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html Marriage Records Indexed]
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
&lt;a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html"&gt;Death Records Indexed&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html Death Records Indexed]
  
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
 
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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Guide to Portage County Wisconsin genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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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

Record Loss

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

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

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).