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=== State, territorial, and colonial censuses  ===
 
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Censuses were taken in Wisconsin in different years than the federal censuses. These censuses may have different data compared to federal censuses. Check these censuses for more information on a family.
  
 
Newberry Library. [http://www.newberry.org/ahcbp/images/samp-cens-tb.pdf ''Territorial, State, and Federal Censuses in Michigan'']. List of dates and census description including counties involved, and repository.  
 
Newberry Library. [http://www.newberry.org/ahcbp/images/samp-cens-tb.pdf ''Territorial, State, and Federal Censuses in Michigan'']. List of dates and census description including counties involved, and repository.  
  
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| bgcolor="#99cc99" colspan="90" align="center" | '''Wisconsin state, territorial, and colonial censuses'''<ref name="Dubes">Henry J. Dubester, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37244714 State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States]'' (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948)[[{{Dubes}}]], 62-65, 72-73.</ref>
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| align="center" bgcolor="#99cc99" colspan="90" | '''Wisconsin state, territorial, and colonial censuses'''<ref name="Dubes">Henry J. Dubester, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37244714 State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States]'' (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948)[[{{Dubes}}]], 62-65, 72-73.</ref>
 
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| align="left" | &nbsp;State Census&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh">Ann S. Lainhart, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/26517040 State Census Records]'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[{{Lainha}}]], 113-15.</ref><ref name="Wisc 1905">Wisconsin, Secretary of State, ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1618 Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1905, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1905]'' (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1906) A published document based on information from the census schedules. </ref><ref>Wisconsin Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443899 Wisconsin State Census, 1905]'' (Wisconsin, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1952. Microfilm of original records in Wisconsin)[[{{Wisc1905}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry">Ancestry.com. ''[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1055 Wisconsin State Censuses, 1895 and 1905]'' [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Wisconsin State Census, 1895 Microfilm, 10 reels and 1905 Microfilm, 44 reels. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin</ref>
 
| align="left" | &nbsp;State Census&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh">Ann S. Lainhart, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/26517040 State Census Records]'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[{{Lainha}}]], 113-15.</ref><ref name="Wisc 1905">Wisconsin, Secretary of State, ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1618 Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1905, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1905]'' (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1906) A published document based on information from the census schedules. </ref><ref>Wisconsin Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443899 Wisconsin State Census, 1905]'' (Wisconsin, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1952. Microfilm of original records in Wisconsin)[[{{Wisc1905}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry">Ancestry.com. ''[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1055 Wisconsin State Censuses, 1895 and 1905]'' [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Wisconsin State Census, 1895 Microfilm, 10 reels and 1905 Microfilm, 44 reels. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin</ref>
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | &nbsp;State Census <ref name="Lainh" /><ref name="WSC 1895">Wisconsin, Secretary of State, ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1617 Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1895, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1895]'' (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1896.) A published document based on information from the census schedules. </ref><ref>Wisconsin, Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443712 Wisconsin State Census, 1895]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1895}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry" />
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| align="left" bgcolor="#ffffcc" | &nbsp;State Census <ref name="Lainh" /><ref name="WSC 1895">Wisconsin, Secretary of State, ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1617 Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1895, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1895]'' (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1896.) A published document based on information from the census schedules. </ref><ref>Wisconsin, Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443712 Wisconsin State Census, 1895]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1895}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry" />
 
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| align="left" | &nbsp;State Census&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin, Secretary of State ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1539 Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War Residing in Wisconsin June 20, 1885]'' (S.l.:sn,1885)</ref><ref>Wisconsin, Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443713 Wisconsin State Census, 1885]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records at the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1885}}]]</ref>
 
| align="left" | &nbsp;State Census&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin, Secretary of State ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1539 Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War Residing in Wisconsin June 20, 1885]'' (S.l.:sn,1885)</ref><ref>Wisconsin, Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443713 Wisconsin State Census, 1885]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records at the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1885}}]]</ref>
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | &nbsp;State Census&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin, Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443778 Wisconsin State Census, 1875]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[{{Wisc1875}}]]</ref>
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| align="left" bgcolor="#ffffcc" | &nbsp;State Census&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin, Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443778 Wisconsin State Census, 1875]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[{{Wisc1875}}]]</ref>
 
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| align="left" | &nbsp;State Census Lost, except for the counties of Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" />
 
| align="left" | &nbsp;State Census Lost, except for the counties of Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" />
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | &nbsp;State Census, except for Kewaunee County, which was not enumerated.<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443825 Wisconsin State Census, 1855]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[{{Wisc1855}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1">Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. ''[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3581 Wisconsin Census, 1820-90]'' [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. Ancestry.com Home edition</ref>
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| align="left" bgcolor="#ffffcc" | &nbsp;State Census, except for Kewaunee County, which was not enumerated.<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Department of State, ''[http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/show?uri=http://10.244.51.214:8080/wcds/container/externalId/org.familysearch.easy.collection_id/1443825 Wisconsin State Census, 1855]'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[{{Wisc1855}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1">Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. ''[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3581 Wisconsin Census, 1820-90]'' [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. Ancestry.com Home edition</ref>
 
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| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census, except for the counties of Rock, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, and Chippewa.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Territory, Secretary, ''Wisconsin Territory census for 1847'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society, at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1847}}]]</ref>
 
| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census, except for the counties of Rock, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, and Chippewa.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Territory, Secretary, ''Wisconsin Territory census for 1847'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society, at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1847}}]]</ref>
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census, except for&nbsp;the counties of Crawford, Fond du Lac, Grand Rapids in Portage, Sheboygan,&nbsp; Chippewa, LaPointe, and Richland.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Territory, Secretary, ''Wisconsin Territory Census for 1846'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1846}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
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| align="left" bgcolor="#ffffcc" | &nbsp;Territory Census, except for&nbsp;the counties of Crawford, Fond du Lac, Grand Rapids in Portage, Sheboygan,&nbsp; Chippewa, LaPointe, and Richland.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Territory, Secretary, ''Wisconsin Territory Census for 1846'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[{{Wisc1846}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
 
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| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census <ref name="Lainh" /><ref>''Wisconsin Territory Census for 1842'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison.) [[{{Wisc1842}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
 
| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census <ref name="Lainh" /><ref>''Wisconsin Territory Census for 1842'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison.) [[{{Wisc1842}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census Lost, except&nbsp;for the counties of Brown, Calumet, Crawford, Dodge, Fond&nbsp;du Lac, Green, &nbsp;Jefferson, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Portage, Sheboygan,&nbsp;and Washington.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>''Wisconsin Territorial Census for 1838'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison.) [[{{Wisc1838}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
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| align="left" bgcolor="#ffffcc" | &nbsp;Territory Census Lost, except&nbsp;for the counties of Brown, Calumet, Crawford, Dodge, Fond&nbsp;du Lac, Green, &nbsp;Jefferson, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Portage, Sheboygan,&nbsp;and Washington.&nbsp;<ref name="Lainh" /><ref>''Wisconsin Territorial Census for 1838'' (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison.) [[{{Wisc1838}}]]</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
 
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| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census <ref name="ancestry1" />
 
| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census <ref name="ancestry1" />
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census <ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Territorial Census for 1836 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm or orginal records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[{{Wisc1836}}]]</ref><ref>Reuben Gold Thwaites, The Territorial Census for 1836 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Article originally published in Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, v. 13 p. 247-170. Madison : State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1895) [[{{Thwaites1836}}]]</ref><ref>Reuben Gold Thwaites, [{{Thwaites1836Wisc}}] (Democrat Printing Company, State Printer : Madison, Wisconsin 1895)</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
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| align="left" bgcolor="#ffffcc" | &nbsp;Territory Census <ref name="Lainh" /><ref>Wisconsin Territorial Census for 1836 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm or orginal records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[{{Wisc1836}}]]</ref><ref>Reuben Gold Thwaites, The Territorial Census for 1836 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Article originally published in Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, v. 13 p. 247-170. Madison : State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1895) [[{{Thwaites1836}}]]</ref><ref>Reuben Gold Thwaites, [{{Thwaites1836Wisc}}] (Democrat Printing Company, State Printer : Madison, Wisconsin 1895)</ref><ref name="ancestry1" />
 
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| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census for, then known as, Crawford, Brown and Iowa Counties&nbsp;located in the far western part of&nbsp;Michigan Territory; now Wisconsin.<ref name="Barnett">LeRoy Barnett, "State Censuses of Michigan: A Tragedy of Lost Treasurers" and Appendices in ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1355643 Family Trails]'' [[{{BarnettL}}]] 6 no. 1 (Summer-Fall 1978): 3, 21. Original census at Michigan State Archives, Lansing. In 1834 Crawford County was part of Michigan Territory. Lists heads of house by name, and age categories for others.</ref><ref>Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. [http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;gsfn=&amp;amp;amp;amp;gsln=&amp;amp;amp;amp;sx=&amp;amp;amp;amp;f1=1834&amp;amp;amp;amp;f4=crawford&amp;amp;amp;amp;f7=&amp;amp;amp;amp;gskw=&amp;amp;amp;amp;prox=1&amp;amp;amp;amp;db=micen&amp;amp;amp;amp;ti=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;ti.si=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;gl=&amp;amp;amp;amp;gss=mp-micen&amp;amp;amp;amp;gst=&amp;amp;amp;amp;so=3 ''Michigan Census, 1827-70''] [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.</ref>
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| align="left" | &nbsp;Territory Census for, then known as, Crawford, Brown and Iowa Counties&nbsp;located in the far western part of&nbsp;Michigan Territory; now Wisconsin.<ref name="Barnett">LeRoy Barnett, "State Censuses of Michigan: A Tragedy of Lost Treasurers" and Appendices in ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1355643 Family Trails]'' [[{{BarnettL}}]] 6 no. 1 (Summer-Fall 1978): 3, 21. Original census at Michigan State Archives, Lansing. In 1834 Crawford County was part of Michigan Territory. Lists heads of house by name, and age categories for others.</ref><ref>Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. [http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gsfn=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gsln=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;sx=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;f1=1834&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;f4=crawford&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;f7=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gskw=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;prox=1&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;db=micen&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;ti=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;ti.si=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gl=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gss=mp-micen&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gst=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;so=3 ''Michigan Census, 1827-70''] [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.</ref>
 
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Two manuscripts exist for the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses. One set of manuscripts exists at the National Archives and another at the Wisconsin Historical Society. The information on each set is supposed to be the same, but it can be beneficial to check both. Transcription errors might exist. The two might differ in the legibility of the handwriting, the condition of the manuscript, and the quality of the microfilm.[12] The Family History Library has microfilms of the set in the possession of the National Archives.

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State, territorial, and colonial censuses

Censuses were taken in Wisconsin in different years than the federal censuses. These censuses may have different data compared to federal censuses. Check these censuses for more information on a family.

Newberry Library. Territorial, State, and Federal Censuses in Michigan. List of dates and census description including counties involved, and repository.

Wisconsin state, territorial, and colonial censuses[13]
1905  State Census [14][15][16][17]
1895  State Census [14][18][19][17]
1885  State Census [14][20][21]
1875  State Census [14][22]
1865  State Census Lost, except for the counties of Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan. [14]
1855  State Census, except for Kewaunee County, which was not enumerated.[14][23][24]
1847  Territory Census, except for the counties of Rock, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, and Chippewa. [14][25]
1846  Territory Census, except for the counties of Crawford, Fond du Lac, Grand Rapids in Portage, Sheboygan,  Chippewa, LaPointe, and Richland. [14][26][24]
1842  Territory Census [14][27][24]
1838  Territory Census Lost, except for the counties of Brown, Calumet, Crawford, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green,  Jefferson, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Portage, Sheboygan, and Washington. [14][28][24]
1837  Territory Census [24]
1836  Territory Census [14][29][30][31][24]
1834  Territory Census for, then known as, Crawford, Brown and Iowa Counties located in the far western part of Michigan Territory; now Wisconsin.[32][33]

 

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Wisconsin censuses, click here.

Why use a census?

A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.

More about censuses

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Sources and footnotes

  1. FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library, including free images of many federal censuses, including an index of the 1880 federal census of the United States; connected with 1880 census images provided by Ancestry.com, a subscription site.
  2. Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
  3. HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
  4. Fold3, formerly known as Footnote.com, a subscription site partnering with the National Archives and includes some federal censuses. Free access is available at many public libraries.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  6. Archives.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal census records, among other sources.
  7. FamilyLink.com, a subscription site that provides online images (and some indexes) to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources.
  8. In 1820 the people living in present-day Wisconsin were enumerated as part of the Michigan Territory federal census. Green Bay was in Brown County, Michigan Territory. Prarie du Chien was in Crawford County, Michigan Territory. The southwest tip of Lake Superior was in Michilimackinac County, Michigan Territory but was sparsley settled.
  9. In 1830 the people living in present-day Wisconsin were enumerated as part of the Michigan Territory federal census. Green Bay was in Brown County, Michigan Territory. Prarie du Chien was in Crawford County, Michigan Territory. The southwest tip of Lake Superior was in Chippewa County, Michigan Territory but was sparsely settled. The southwest corner of Wisconsin was called Iowa County, Michigan Territory.
  10. In 1834 the people living in present day Wisconsin were enumerated as part of the Michigan Territory. The 1834 Michigan early census included what was known as Brown county, Iowa county and Prairie Du Chien in Crawford county, all located in the current state of Wisconsin
  11. The 1840 federal census of Wisconsin Territory included land that is now in northeastern Minnesota.
  12. "Local Genealogy," McMillan Memorial Library (http://www.scls.lib.wi.us/mcm/local/local_genealogy.html : accessed 2 October 2009).
  13. Henry J. Dubester, State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948)[FHL Book 973 X23s; Fiche 6018062], 62-65, 72-73.
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[FHL book 973 X2Lai]], 113-15.
  15. Wisconsin, Secretary of State, Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1905, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1905 (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1906) A published document based on information from the census schedules.
  16. Wisconsin Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1905 (Wisconsin, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1952. Microfilm of original records in Wisconsin)[FHL Films 1020439-990]
  17. 17.0 17.1 Ancestry.com. Wisconsin State Censuses, 1895 and 1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Wisconsin State Census, 1895 Microfilm, 10 reels and 1905 Microfilm, 44 reels. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin
  18. Wisconsin, Secretary of State, Wisconsin Census Enumeration 1895, Names of Ex-Soldiers and Sailors Residing in Wisconsin, June 1, 1895 (Madison, Wisconsin Democrat Printing Company, State Printing 1896.) A published document based on information from the census schedules.
  19. Wisconsin, Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1895 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[FHL Films 1032705-16]]
  20. Wisconsin, Secretary of State Enumeration of Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War Residing in Wisconsin June 20, 1885 (S.l.:sn,1885)
  21. Wisconsin, Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1885 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records at the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[FHL Films 1032695-704]]
  22. Wisconsin, Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1875 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[FHL Films 1032689-94]
  23. Wisconsin Department of State, Wisconsin State Census, 1855 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [[FHL Films 1032686-89]
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Wisconsin Census, 1820-90 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. Ancestry.com Home edition
  25. Wisconsin Territory, Secretary, Wisconsin Territory census for 1847 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society, at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[FHL Films 1293921-22]
  26. Wisconsin Territory, Secretary, Wisconsin Territory Census for 1846 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.)[[FHL Film 1293920]
  27. Wisconsin Territory Census for 1842 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison.) [FHL Film 1293919 item 3]
  28. Wisconsin Territorial Census for 1838 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm of original records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison.) [FHL Film 1293919 item 2]
  29. Wisconsin Territorial Census for 1836 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm or orginal records in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison, Wisconsin.) [FHL Film 1293919 item 1]
  30. Reuben Gold Thwaites, The Territorial Census for 1836 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Article originally published in Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, v. 13 p. 247-170. Madison : State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1895) [[FHL Film 1293922 item 2]
  31. Reuben Gold Thwaites, Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Democrat Printing Company, State Printer : Madison, Wisconsin 1895)
  32. LeRoy Barnett, "State Censuses of Michigan: A Tragedy of Lost Treasurers" and Appendices in Family Trails [FHL Book 977.4 D25f] 6 no. 1 (Summer-Fall 1978): 3, 21. Original census at Michigan State Archives, Lansing. In 1834 Crawford County was part of Michigan Territory. Lists heads of house by name, and age categories for others.
  33. Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Michigan Census, 1827-70 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.