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Guide to Manitowoc 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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Manitowac County, Wisconsin
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Location of Wisconsin in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 7, 1836
County Seat Manitowac
Courthouse
Address
Manitowoc County Courthouse
1010 S 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220;
Phone. 920.683.4000



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County Information

Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1858 1849 1840 1835 1850


County Courthouse


Manitowoc County Courthouse
1010 S 9th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220;
Phone. 920.683.4000

Register of Deeds has births, marriage and deed records from 1850,
land and military records;
Clerk of Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1836--Manitowoc County was created 7 December 1836 from Brown County. County seat: Manitowoc [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1852.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Brown  • Calumet  • Kewaunee  • Sheboygan

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Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

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
  • 1850 - 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1860 - 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1870 - 1870 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1880 - 1880 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1890 - 1890 U.S. Federal Census - Records were destroyed by fire and are not avaiable for Manitowoc County.
  • 1900 - 1900 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1910 - 1910 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1920 - 1920 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org
  • 1930 - 1930 U.S. Federal Census - Indexed records can be found at FamilySearch.org

Church History and Records

Catholic church records for Manitowoc County churches can be found at the Green Bay Diocese Archives.

Lutheran

First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Manitowoc County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records 

Circuit Court Case Files from 1849 - 1943 are available at:

Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone:(920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook
Circuit Court Look-Up Request form $

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

  • The Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy website contains town, village, church, and school histories. A history of Manitowoc County is recorded from 1674-1911. Several photos of early Manitowoc County businesses are available.  
  • The USGenWeb Archives Page for Manitowoc County has links for each school listed in the Centennial History of the Manitowoc County School Districts and Public School System, edited by Jos. J. Rappel, County Superindent of Schools, 1948.

Land and Property

  • Wisconsin Land Patents Database, Manitowoc County (USGenWeb Archives)

Maps

Plat maps for Manitowoc County are available for 1872, 1893, and 1920.  These maps can be found at the Manitowoc Public Library.

The Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy website contains a current Manitowoc County Map, 1878 County Map, Plat Maps for 1872, 1878 and 1893, and a variety of other maps.

Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Manitowoc 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 Manitowoc County.

- 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 9th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
- 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company E
- 15th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F


World War I
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship 

Declarations of Intention and Naturalizations from 1848-1955 are held at:

Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone:(920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook
Online Index Search form

Newspapers

Many Manitowoc County newspapers can be found at the Manitowoc Public Library.  Further newspapers can be found at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison.

The Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy website includes links to newspaper indexes, news items from old newspapers, biographies, and newspaper articles on marriages and births.

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Records

Probate records for Manitowoc County are located at the courthouse in the city of Manitowoc.  A card file index is also available.  

Microfilmed copies of probate case files from 1864-1959 are held at:

Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone:(920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook
Probate Request form

Repositories

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

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Main Phone #: (920) 686-3000
This page has online and other genealogy collections.


Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone:(920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook

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

Manitowoc County Genealogical Society
4105 Michigan Ave
Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220
PO Box 1745
Manitowoc, Wisconisn 54221-1745
Website

Manitowoc County Historical Society
1701 Michigan Ave
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Telehone: 920-684-4445
Website

Taxation

Vital Records

Pre-1907 birth, marriage, and death registrations are available on microfilm at:

Archives and Area Research Center
Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Phone: (920) 465-2539
E-mail: archives@uwgb.edu
Facebook
Birth, Death, and Marriage Request Forms $

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. page 758 Manitowoc County, Wisconsin (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Handybook" defined multiple times with different content