Forest County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Guide to Forest County Wisconsin ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County, Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Founded April 11, 1885
County Seat Crandon
Address Forest County Courthouse
200 E Madison Street
Crandon, WI 54520
Phone: 715.478.2422

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County Information

Forest County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1891 1886 1890 1865 1887

County Courthouse

Forest County Courthouse
200 E Madison Street
Crandon, WI 54520
Phone: 715.478.2422

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1885;
Clerk of Circuit Court has divorce and court records;
Register in Probate has probate records[1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1885--Forest County was created 11 April 1885 fromLanglade County.  County seat: Crandon [1]

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 website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Florence  • Iron  • Langlade  • Marinette  • Oconto  • Oneida  • Vilas



Bible Records




State Census
  • 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.
Federal Census

Church History and Records

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property


Courtesy of the Crandon Public Library:


Military History and Records

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship



The Crandon Public Library in the city of Crandon has made an obituary database on its website. This index was begun by local and library volunteers and converted to an online database by the library. The index currently covers the years from 1909 – 1923, 2001 – 2003, and 2005. This is an ongoing project. There are nearly 1,800 records in the index. The data fields include last name, first name, age, newspaper, and date of publication. Click on the column header to sort the records.

Enter a surname in the search box to bring up a list of individuals with that name. You may request a copy of the obituary from the library for a small fee. As noted on the website, you may also request a copy of an obituary for someone who died in years not included in the index, if you have an approximate date of death.

Copies of the obituaries are available from the library. ($)


Probate Records

Online Records


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

Archives, Libraries and Museums
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.



Forest County Historical and Genealogical Society
103 W. Jackson Street
POBox 432
Telephone: 715-478-5900
Crandon, Wisconsin 54520

Forest History Association of Wisconsin
403 McIndoe St
Wausau, WI 54403-4746
Telephone: 715-848-6143


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 757 Forest County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Handybook" defined multiple times with different content