Walworth County, Wisconsin Genealogy

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Guide to Walworth 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 Information

Walworth County, Wisconsin Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1872 1839 1840 1839 1839

County Courthouse

Walworth County Courthouse
100 W Walworth; PO Box 1001;
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Phone: 262.741.4241 

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1845,
marriage and land records from 1839, death records
from 1872, burial records from 1969, divorce and court
records from 1850 and probate records from 1800’s [1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1836--Walworth County was created 7 December 1836 from Milwaukee County.  County seat: Elkhorn [2]

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.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Boone County, Illinois  • Jefferson  • Kenosha  • McHenry County, Illinois  • Racine  • Rock  • Waukesha



Bible Records




  • 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


Heart Prairie Lutheran Church

  • Records of Heart Prairie Lutheran Church, Walworth County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Spring Prairie

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Spring Prairie, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property

Local Histories



Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Walworth 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 Walworth County.

- 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Company K
- 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, Companies G and L
- 6th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company F
- 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company K
- 10th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company A
- 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Companies C and I

Naturalization and Citizenship




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.


Walworth County Genealogical Society
PO Box 159
Delavan 53115-0159
Telephone: 608-752-8816

Walworth County Historical Society
PO Box 273
Elkhorn 53121

Whitewater Historical Society
275 N Tratt St
Whitewater, WI 53190
Telephone: 262-473-2966

East Troy Area Historical Society
PO Box 722
East Troy WI 53120
Telephone: 262-642-9683

Geneva Lake History Buffs
PO Box 522
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Telephone: 262-428-6060


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Voting Registers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 760 Walworth, Wisconsin
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).