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1836--Portage County was created 7 December 1836 from <a href="Brown County, Wisconsin">Brown</a>, <a href="Crawford County, Wisconsin">Crawford</a>, <a href="Iowa County, Wisconsin">Iowa</a> and<a href="Milwaukee County, Wisconsin">Milwaukee</a> Counties.
County seat: Stevens Point The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
Places / Localities
- <a href="Adams County, Wisconsin">Adams</a>
- <a href="Marathon County, Wisconsin">Marathon</a>
- <a href="Shawano County, Wisconsin">Shawano</a>
- <a href="Waupaca County, Wisconsin">Waupaca</a>
- <a href="Waushara County, Wisconsin">Waushara</a>
- <a href="Wood County, Wisconsin">Wood</a>
<a href="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</a> 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.
<a href="http://library.uwsp.edu/depts/archives/Cemetery/">Portage County Cemetery Index</a>
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/forest-cem.html">Forest Cemetery Records</a>
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/union-cem.html">Union Cemetery Records</a>
1855 Wisconsin State Census— Free searchable index to the 1855 Wisconsin State Census can be viewed on the <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443825">FamilySearch Record Search</a> 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 <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1443713">FamilySearch Record Search</a> 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 <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/history/churches.html">Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website</a>.
The surviving early probate files have been indexed and are on the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/court.html">Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website</a>. 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
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/history/ethnic.html">Ethnic Communities of Portage County</a>
Land and Property
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/maps/maps.html">Portage County Maps</a>
Military History and Records
Naturalization and Citizenship
Naturalization Records for Portage County have been indexed and the index is available on the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/naturalization.html">Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website.</a>
A complete listing of all Portage County newspapers can be found on the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/newspapers.html">Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website</a>.
The Portage County Obituary Index is now a part of the <a href="http://mypoint.uwsp.edu/Library/gen_index">Central Wisconsin Genealogy Index </a>. Full text obituaries from The Wisconsin Pinery (1853-1890) and The Plover Times (1866-1881) can be found on the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/obituaries.html">Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society's website</a>. These are not indexed in the Obituary Index.
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/court.html">Probate Index</a>
Archives, Libraries and Museums
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/archives.html">Nelis R. Kampanga University Archives</a>
<a href="http://library.uwsp.edu/pcl/index.htm">Portage County Public Library</a>
List of genealogical resources available at the <a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/library.html">Portage County Public Library </a>
The Portage County Courthouse is located at 1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481. The <a href="http://www.co.portage.wi.us/rod/">Register of Deeds</a> 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
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/index.html">Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society</a>
<a href="http://www.pchswi.org/index.htm">Portage County Historical Society</a>
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html">Birth Records Indexed</a>
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html">Marriage Records Indexed</a>
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wispags/resources/vital-stats.html">Death Records Indexed</a>
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