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Crawford County, Wisconsin Facts

Crawford County

When was Crawford County, WI Created?
Crawford County was created on October 26, 1818 from Unorganized Territory. The county was named in honor of William Harris Crawford (1772-1834), United States Senator from Georgia 1807-1813 and Secretary of the Treasury 1816-1825 .

What is the County Seat of Crawford County, WI?
The County Seat is located in Prairie du Chien and the county government website is crawfordcountywi.org/

What counties are adjacent to Crawford County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Vernon County (north), Richland County (east), Grant County (south), Clayton County, Iowa (southwest), Allamakee County, Iowa (west).

What cities and towns are in Crawford County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Prairie du Chien; Towns consist of Bridgeport, Clayton, Eastman, Freeman, Haney, Marietta, Prairie du Chien, Scott, Seneca, Utica, Wauzeka; Villages consist of Bell Center, Eastman, Ferryville, Gays Mills, Lynxville, Mount Sterling, Soldiers Grove, Steuben, Wauzeka.


Crawford County, WI Vital Records

Where can find Crawford County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Crawford 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 Crawford 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.


Crawford County, WI Census Records

What Crawford County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Crawford County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830 (as Michigan Territory), 1840 (as Wisconsin Territory), 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Crawford Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crawford Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crawford 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


Crawford County, WI Courthouse and Government Records


Crawford County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Crawford County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Crawford 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

  • Crawford County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 220 North Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chein, WI 53821; Phone: 608.326.0201
  • Crawford 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: 608-326-0219
    • Birth Records: 1858
    • Marriage Records: 1816
    • Death Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1820
  • Crawford 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: 608-326-0206
    • Probate Records: 1819 
  • Crawford 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: (608) 326-0209
    • Court Records: 1824
  • 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

Crawford County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Crawford County, WI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Crawford 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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Crawford Co. WI Military Records

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