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{{Wisconsin-stub}}[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wisconsin]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Rock County'''
  
== County Offices ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County Courthouse]&nbsp; <br>51 S Main Street<br>Janesville, WI 53545-3978<br>Phone: 608.757.5660 <br><br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records from 1849<br>and land records from 1839; Registrar in Probate has probate records <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 759 Rock County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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County Offices
  
 
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County government website]  
 
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/ Rock County government website]  
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/Dept/CircuitCourt/CircuitCourt.htm Rock County Circuit Court website]  
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*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/circuit-court Rock County Circuit Court website]  
*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/Dept/RegisterDeeds/ROD.htm Rock County Register of Deeds website]
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*[http://www.co.rock.wi.us/departments/departments-m-z/register-of-deeds Rock County Register of Deeds website]
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Parent County  ===
  
'''1836--'''Rock County was created 7 December 1836&nbsp;from [[Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|Milwaukee ]]County. '''County seat:''' Janesville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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1836--Rock County was created 7 December 1836&nbsp;from [[Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|Milwaukee ]]County. County seat: Janesville <ref name="Handybook">The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
 
There have been no boundary changes in Rock County since its inception.  
 
There have been no boundary changes in Rock County since its inception.  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Populated Places  ===
  
 
See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_County,_Wisconsin#Cities.2C_villages.2C_and_towns.5B3.5D Wikipedia entry]  
 
See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_County,_Wisconsin#Cities.2C_villages.2C_and_towns.5B3.5D Wikipedia entry]  
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
 
*[[Boone County, Illinois|Boone County, Illinois]]  
 
*[[Boone County, Illinois|Boone County, Illinois]]  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Bible Records  ===
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=== Biography ===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
 
See [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Cems/cemindex.html WIGenWeb Rock County]  
 
See [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wirock/Cems/cemindex.html WIGenWeb Rock County]  
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Census  ===
  
'''1855 Wisconsin State Census—''' Free unindexed images can be viewed on the [http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search Pilot]. 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.  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F176546 1855 Wisconsin State Census—] Free images can be viewed at the [[Wisconsin 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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.  
  
'''1875 Wisconsin State Census—''' Free indexed images can be viewed on the [http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search Pilot]. 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.  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1766631875 Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1875 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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 [http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search Pilot]. 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.  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F176742 1885 Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1885 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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 [http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search Pilot]. 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.  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F176967 1895 Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1895 State Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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 Wisconsin State Census—''' Free indexed images can be viewed on the [http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search Pilot]. 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.  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F259395 1905 Rock County, Wisconsin State Census—] Free indexed images can be viewed on the [[Wisconsin 1905 State Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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.  
  
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==== Directories  ====
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=== Directories  ===
  
 
City and county directories from 1858 to 1931 can be found at the [http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/JanesvillesPastAbout.html#CityCounty University of Wisconsin Digital Collections].  
 
City and county directories from 1858 to 1931 can be found at the [http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/JanesvillesPastAbout.html#CityCounty University of Wisconsin Digital Collections].  
  
==== Genealogy ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ===
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/rock_twps.html Rock County Townships (sic) Guides] - resources in each civil town, published by the Rock County Genealogical Society
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=== Gazetteers  ===
*[http://localinfo.hedbergpubliclibrary.org/local_history/home.php Local History Database] - index to obituaries, newspaper articles, and photos, maintained by the Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
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==== Land ====
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=== Genealogy ===
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/rock_twps.html Rock County Townships (sic) Guides] - resources in each civil town, published by the Rock County Genealogical Society
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*[http://hedbergpubliclibrary.org/local_history_database.html Local History Database] - index to obituaries, newspaper articles, and photos, maintained by the Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
  
*[http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/JanesvillesPastAbout.html Janesville's Past] - digitized books, documents, and photos can be found in this collection, part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.  
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=== History  ===
*[http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm4/results.php?CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitla%2CA%2C1%3Borigin%2CA%2C0%3Bnone%2C200%2C0%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bpaga%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Btitla%2C200%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Bpaga%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=1&CISOOP1=all&CISOFIELD1=county&CISOROOT=%2Fwch&CISOBOX1=Rock+County&CISORESTMP=results.php The History of Rock County, Wisconsin], 1879. Digitized volume at the Wisconsin Historical Society website  
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*[http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/subcollections/JanesvillesPastAbout.html Janesville's Past] - digitized books, documents, and photos can be found in this collection, part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. *[http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm4/results.php?CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitla%2CA%2C1%3Borigin%2CA%2C0%3Bnone%2C200%2C0%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bpaga%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Btitla%2C200%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Bpaga%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=1&CISOOP1=all&CISOFIELD1=county&CISOROOT=%2Fwch&CISOBOX1=Rock+County&CISORESTMP=results.php The History of Rock County, Wisconsin], 1879. Digitized volume at the Wisconsin Historical Society website  
 
*[http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm4/results.php?CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitla%2CA%2C1%3Borigin%2CA%2C0%3Bnone%2C200%2C0%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bpaga%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Btitla%2C200%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Bpaga%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=1&CISOOP1=all&CISOFIELD1=county&CISOROOT=%2Fwch&CISOBOX1=Rock+County&CISORESTMP=results.php Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wisconsin], 1889. Digitized volume at the Wisconsin Historical Society website
 
*[http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm4/results.php?CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitla%2CA%2C1%3Borigin%2CA%2C0%3Bnone%2C200%2C0%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOBIB=title%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Bpaga%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Btitla%2C200%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Btitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Bpaga%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=1&CISOOP1=all&CISOFIELD1=county&CISOROOT=%2Fwch&CISOBOX1=Rock+County&CISORESTMP=results.php Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wisconsin], 1889. Digitized volume at the Wisconsin Historical Society website
  
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=== Land and Property  ===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/1858RockCoWisPlatMap/1858.html 1858 Plat Map of Rock County] at the Rock County Genealogical Society website  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/1858RockCoWisPlatMap/1858.html 1858 Plat Map of Rock County] at the Rock County Genealogical Society website  
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*[http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/rock.pdf Official Wisconsin DOT Map of Rock County], showing cities, highways, town boundaries, and survey township numbers
 
*[http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/rock.pdf Official Wisconsin DOT Map of Rock County], showing cities, highways, town boundaries, and survey township numbers
  
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=== Military History and Records ===
  
 
[http://coplien.com/vets/ Rock County Veteran Burials]  
 
[http://coplien.com/vets/ Rock County Veteran Burials]  
  
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has digitized historical newspapers from Janesville from the late 1800s and early 1900s that covered local news on residents from Rock County.
  
[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=37&ci=10518 Freeport, Illinois newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Rock County. The [http://rockislandlibrary.org/ Rock Island Public Library] in Rock Island, Illinois provides free access to this database at its library.<br>
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=== Obituaries  ===
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Taxation ====
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
 
The [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] at the Wisconsin Historical Society contains an index of pre-1907 Wisconsin vital records.  
 
The [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/ Wisconsin Genealogy Index] at the Wisconsin Historical Society contains an index of pre-1907 Wisconsin vital records.  
  
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Rock County Historical Society<br>426 North Jackson Street<br>Janesville, WI 53548<br>(608) 756-4509<br>[http://www.rchs.us/ http://www.rchs.us/]
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=== Archives, Libraries and Museums ===
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/ Rock County Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.rchs.us/ Rock County Historical Society]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wigig/index.html German Interest Group]
 
 
*[http://www.beloitlibrary.info/ Beloit Public Library]  
 
*[http://www.beloitlibrary.info/ Beloit Public Library]  
 
*[http://als.lib.wi.us/CPL/ Clinton Public Library]  
 
*[http://als.lib.wi.us/CPL/ Clinton Public Library]  
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*[http://als.lib.wi.us/OPL/ Orfordville Public Library]
 
*[http://als.lib.wi.us/OPL/ Orfordville Public Library]
  
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=== County Court House  ===
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Beloit Wisconsin Family History Center]]
 
*[[Beloit Wisconsin Family History Center]]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wircgs/ Rock County Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.gig-wi.com German Interest Group-Wisconsin]
  
 
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Contents

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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

See Wikipedia entry

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

See WIGenWeb Rock County

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

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

City and county directories from 1858 to 1931 can be found at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military History and Records

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.

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

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).