Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 6, 1856
County Seat Eau Claire
Courthouse
Address Eau Claire County
721 Oxford Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54703-5481;
Phone. 715.839.4803 <br


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County Information

Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1857 1860 1856 1858

County Courthouse

Eau Claire County
721 Oxford Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54703-5481;
Phone. 715.839.4803

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1856;
Clerk of Courts has divorce records from 1856 and court records from 1929 [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1856--Eau Claire County was created 6 October 1856 from Chippewa County.  County seat: Eau Claire [2]


  • This county was first known as the town of "Clearwater," being the southern-most township in Chippewa County.  Later, it was renamed the "French translation of Clearwater" = "Eau Claire."

 

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.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

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Cities:

Eau Claire: This city is partially in Eau Claire County and Chippewa County.

Neighboring Counties

Buffalo • Chippewa • Clark • Dunn • Jackson • Pepin • Trempealeau


TABLE - Places and Localities

How each column helps you with your research:

1. PLACE/LOCALITY column: names the "place" or "locality" of interest.

2. TYPE column: gives type of place or locality (i.e. village, town, city, etc.).

3. FHL CATALOG column: links the "catagories of sources" available in the Family History Library for the place or locality.

4. WIKIPEDIA column: like WIKI, gives background information regarding the place or locality.

5. GOOGLE MAPS column: shows the whereabouts of this place or locality on a map.

6. WORLDCAT.ORG column: shows sources from other libraries/repositories, etc. for this place or locality.

7. US HOMETOWN LOCATOR column: gives current information about the place or locality.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7
PLACE/LOCALITY    TYPE              FHL CATALOG

WIKIPEDIA

GOOGLE MAPS

WORLDCAT.ORG 

US HOMETOWN LOCATOR
  Allen  UC5     Link   Link     Link
  Altoona1  City   Link   Link   Link    Link   Link
  Augusta  City   Link   Link   Link   Link   Link
  Brackett  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Bridge Creek  Town     Link   Link   Link  
  Bridge Creek  Township           
  Brunswick1  Town     Link   Link     
  Brunswick  Township   Link          
  Candy Corners  UC     Link       
  Clear Creek  Town     Link   Link     
  Clear Creek  Township   Link         
  Cleghorn  UC     Link   Link   Link   Link
  Drammen  Town     Link   Link     
  Drammen  Township   Link         
  Eau Claire1  City   Link   Link   Link   Link   Link
  Fairchild  Village   Link    Link   Link   Link   Link
  Fairchild  Town   Link   Link   Link   Link   Link
  Fairchild  Township           Link
  Fall Creek  Village   Link   Link   Link   Link   Link
  Foster  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Hadleyville2  UC     Link   Link     
  Hale Corner  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Hay Creek  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Lincoln  Town     Link   Link   Link  
  Lincoln  Township   Link        
  Ludington  Town     Link   Link     Link
  Ludington  Township   Link         Link
  Ludington  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Lufkin  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Mount Hope Corners  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Nelsonville2  UC     Link        
  Oak Grove2  UC     Link       Link  
  Otter Creek  Town     Link    Link     
  Otter Creek  Township   Link        
  Pleasant Valley1  Town     Link   Link     
  Pleasant Valley  Township   Link         
  Rodell  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Seymour1  Town     Link   Link   Link   Link
  Seymour  Township   Link         Link
  Seymour CPD3  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Shawtown4  UC     Link    Link     Link
  Truax  Town   Link     Link     Link
  Truax4  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Union1  Town   Link     Link     Link
  Union4  UC     Link   Link     Link
  Union  Township           Link
  Washington1  Town     Link   Link     
  Washington  Township           
  Wilson  Town     Link   Link     Link
  Wilson  Township           Link
  Wilson  UC     Link   Link     Link
 ANY NEW LOCATIONS IN FHL CATALOG???     Link      


 FOOTNOTES FOR CITIES, TOWNS, VILLAGES, and UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES:

 
  1 -   Indicates a municipality considered part of the Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls metropolitan area

   2 -  Historical Community.

  3 -  CDP = Census Designated Place.

  4 -  Now a part of the city of Eau Claire.

  5 -  UC = Unincorporated Community in Eau Claire County.


TABLE: SOURCES LINKS 


TYPE OF 

SOURCE  

 FHL 

CATALOG 

HISTORICAL

COLLECTIONS

 GENWEB

 COUNTY

 GENWEB

ARCHIVES

PROJECTS

GOOGLE

MAPS 

WORLDCAT.

ORG       

 LINKPENDIUM

KINDRED

 TRAILS   

CENSUS

 FINDER    

LIBRARIES WISCONSIN GENEALOGY TRAILS
  Archives           Link  Link  Link        
  Biographies   Link     

Link  A-F

Link  G-L

Link  M-R

Link  S-Z

Link  Other indexes

   Link  Link  Link  

Link - Index

 Link
  Cemeteries   Link     Link      Link  Link  Link  Link  

Link - Index

Link - Info

 Link
  Census Records   Link 1905

Link 1855

Link 1875

Link 1885

Link 1895

Link 1905

 Link

1870, 1910

      Link  Link  Link    Link  
  Church Records   Link

Link: Click 'Show All' to display Birth, Christening, Marriage, Burial, Death collections

  Link  Link   Link  Link  Link  Link      Link
  Court Records              Link  Link    Link      
  Directories   Link     Link  Link    Link  Link  Link

Link - Old Settlers

Link - 1932 Augusta

   
  Genealogy        Link - Family Group Sheets        Link      
  Guardianship Records   Link            Link          
  History

 Link - Histories

 Link - Indexes

 Link - Periodicals

 

Link - Histories

Link - photos people

Link - photos places

      Link  Link  Link  

Link

Link - Index

 Link
  Land & Property Records

 Link - Land

 Link - Maps 

          Link  Link  Link  Link  Link - Patents  Link  
  Libraries & Societies           Link    Link  Link      
  Maps   Link        

 Link

 

 Link  Link  Link  Link

Link - Index


 
  Military Records               Link  Link  Link    Link  Link
  Naturalization Records   Link            Link    Link      
  Newspapers                Link  Link  Link      Link
  Obituaries            Link  Link  Link    Link - Index  Link
  Probate Records   Link            Link  Link - Estate Records  Link    Link  
  School Records        Link  Link  Link  Link  Link  Link      
  Taxation Records   Link           Link    Link      
  Vital Records   Link

Link: Click 'Show All' to display Birth, Marriage, Death collections

  Link      Link  Link  Link

Link - Births

Link - Deaths, both Drammen

Link - Marriages

Link - Vital Records

Link - Births

Link - Marriages

Link - Deaths

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

  • Eau Claire Historical Search: This tool searches the local historical databases available at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library which is maintained by the Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire.

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WIGenWeb Archives
WITombstone Project
Interment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Wisconsin Cemeteries for more information.

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above 

Census

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

     SEE ALSO: WIKI "Wisconsin Census" for more records and links.

  • 1855 - 1855 Wisconsin State Census This census includes name of head of family; other individuals in the household are identified by sex and race, number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane and foreign born.
  • 1865 - 1865 Wisconsin State Census Name index and images of the 1865 State Census which names the head of household. Most records have been destroyed but schedules exist for the following counties: Dunn, Green, Jackson, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan.
  • 1875 - 1875 Wisconsin State Census Identifies head of household by name.
  • 1885 - Wisconsin State Census, 1885 at FamilySearch — index and images. Search indexed census.  Identifies by name of head of household.  Other information is statistical and identifies the rest of the household by race, gender and country of birth.
  • 1895 - Wisconsin State Census, 1895 at FamilySearch — index and images. Identifies head of household by name. Other information is statistical.
  • 1905 - Wisconsin State Census, 1905 at FamilySearch — Name index and images of population. Enumerates by name all inhabitants.

Church History and Records

Church also known as Second Methodist Episcopal Church, later became the United Methodist Church. Contains members, class records, probationers, marriages, and baptisms.

Early church known as Barstow Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Contains record of pastors 1857-1923, members, classes, probationers, pastoral and statistical records, baptisms, marriages, funerals 1909- 1920, and history.

  • Church records, 1893-1947 [Eau Claire, Wisconsin] Epiphany Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Text in English and German. Contains history, baptisms, confirmations, communions, marriages, and burials.
  • Church records, 1897-1958 [Eau Claire, Wisconsin] North Presbyterian Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Also known as Second Presbyterian Church. Contains baptisms 1897-1898, 1917-1945; marriages 1932; deaths 1922- 1957; communicants; elders 1953-1958.
  • Church records, 1898-1914 [Eau Claire, Wisconsin] United Methodist Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Contains history, pastoral and statistical record, probationers, members, baptisms, marriages and includes Rock Falls Church, Mt. Hope Church (Porters Mills), Wheaton, Gower district, Seymour district number one, Altoona, and Lake Hallie.
  • Church records, 1925-1940 [Eau Claire, Wisconsin] First Congregational Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Contains a history, membership record, register of baptisms, and a reserve roll. Early records were destroyed by fire.
  • Church records, 1908-1943 [Eau Claire, Wisconsin] Plymouth United Church of Christ in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Contains lists of officers, baptisms, members received 1908-1930, members removed 1919-1930, non-resident members 1913, marriages 1910- 1931, funerals 1913-1918, charities and expenses 1913-1916, and annual statistics 1913-1931. First volume includes index.
  • Church registers, 1875-1924 [Eau Claire, Wisconsin Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Text in Latin. Some volumes include indexes.
Lutheran
  • Records of the First Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Court Records

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Crime and Criminals

Directories

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

School Records

   SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Land and Property

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Maps

Courtesy of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library:

Migration

Military History and Records

     SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Civil War

Civil War service men from Eau Claire 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 Eau Claire County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company L
- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry Reorganized, Company K
- 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company C

Naturalization and Citizenship

    SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Newspapers

    SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Records


   SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Repositories

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

Archives, Libraries and Museums

  SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

County Courthouse
Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Societies

Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire
PO Box 1204
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Website

Taxation

   SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Vital Records

   SEE "SOURCES" Table Above

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers

Websites

General Websites for this county:

State Websites for this county:


References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 756 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).