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Bayfield County, Wisconsin Facts

Bayfield County

When was Bayfield County, WI Created?
Bayfield County was created on February 19, 1845 from St. Croix County (originally named La Pointe County, renamed on April 12, 1866). The county was named in honor of Henry Bayfield, Royal naval officer and first to survey the Great Lakes area .

What is the County Seat of Bayfield County, WI?
The County Seat is located in Washburn and the county government website is www.bayfieldcounty.org/

What counties are adjacent to Bayfield County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Ashland County (east), Sawyer County (south), Washburn County (southwest), Douglas County (west).

What cities and towns are in Bayfield County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Bayfield, Washburn; Towns consist of Barksdale, Barnes, Bayfield, Bayview, Bell, Cable, Clover, Delta, Drummond, Eileen, Grandview, Hughes, Iron River, Kelly, Keystone, Lincoln, Mason, Namakagon, Orienta, Oulu, Pilsen, Port Wing, Russell, Tripp, Washburn; Villages consist of Mason.


Bayfield County, WI Vital Records

Where can find Bayfield County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bayfield County vital records can be found at the Wisconsin Office of Vital Records has copies of Birth, Marriage, Divorce & Death Records reported since 1907. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Wisconsin for current fees and application process..

You can search online for Bayfield County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Wisconsin Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.


Bayfield County, WI Census Records

What Bayfield County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bayfield County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Bayfield Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bayfield Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bayfield Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research.

There are Wisconsin State censuses from 1895 and 1905. Also the Wisconsin Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index for 1820-1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Wisconsin Census Records Research Guide


Bayfield County, WI Courthouse and Government Records


Bayfield County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bayfield County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bayfield County.The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

It has been estimated that less than 50 percent of the vital records, for example, were prepared and submitted for permanent filing prior to 1907. Land deeds, probate, and court records generally begin in Wisconsin with the organization of the county. Prior to that date, check the County or Counties it was created from. Some counties formed from other counties transcribed their portion of property deeds to be kept with the new county deed records. See Also Wisconsin Corthouse Records Research Guide


Old Bayfield County Courthouse
  • Bayfield County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 117 E. 5th Street, Washburn, WI 54891; Phone: 715.373.6138
    • County was attached to Crawford County for judicial purposes in 1845 & St. Croix County for judicial purposes from 1849–50. Some early records may be found there.
  • Bayfield County Register of Deeds purpose is to provide official record keeping for Records or files land record documents authorized by law, such as deeds, mortgages, satisfactions, certified survey maps, plats and Federal Tax liens. Files and indexes Birth, Death and Marriage records, Military Discharges, and issues certified copies upon request.
    • Phone: 715-373-6119
    • Birth Records: 1879
    • Marriage Records: 1869
    • Death Records: 1870
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Bayfield County Register in Probate Office has the responsibility to maintain and update files regarding probate of estates, guardianships, protective placements, adoptions and mental commitments. This is a statutory office with the position of Register in Probate filled by judicial appointment.
    • Phone: 715-373-6108
    • Probate Records: 1857 
  • Bayfield County Clerk of Court Office is required to maintain a record of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of all court proceedings, and collect various fines and forfeitures ordered by the court and specified by statute.
    • Phone: (715) 373-6108
    • Court Records: 1859
  • Public Records of the Consolidated Court Automation Programs provides access to certain public records of the circuit courts of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935
  • U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898
  • BLM Land Records

Bayfield County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bayfield County, WI?
A list of Bayfield County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Wisconsin Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Bayfield County, WI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bayfield County, WI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bayfield County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is just a listing which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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