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Door County, Wisconsin
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Door County, Wisconsin Facts

Door County

When was Door County, WI Created?
Door County was created on February 11, 1851 from Brown County. The county was named for a dangerous water passage near Door Peninsula known as porte des morts, or "door of the dead" in French.

What is the County Seat of Door County, WI?
The County Seat is located in Sturgeon Bay and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Door County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Kewaunee County (south).

What cities and towns are in Door County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Sturgeon Bay; Towns consist of Baileys Harbor, Brussels, Clay Banks, Egg Harbor, Forestville, Gardner, Gibraltar, Jacksonport, Liberty Grove, Nasewaupee, Sevastopol, Union, Washington; Villages consist of Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Forestville, Sister Bay.

Door County, WI Vital Records

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

Door County, WI Census Records

What Door County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Door 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.

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

Door County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Door County Courthouse

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

  • Door County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Government Center, 421 Nebraska Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; Phone: 920.746.2200
    • County was attached to Manitowoc County for judicial purposes from 1851–55 and Brown County for county and judicial purposes from 1855–60. Some early records may be found there.
  • Door 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: 920-746-2270
    • Birth Records: 1852
    • Marriage Records: 1856
    • Death Records: 1856
    • Land Records: 1857
  • Door 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.
    • Address: 1207 S. Duluth Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
    • Phone: 920-746-2482
    • Probate Records: 1861 
  • Door 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.
    • Address: 1205 S. Duluth Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
    • Phone: (920) 746-2205
    • Court Records: 1861
  • 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

Door County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Door Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Door Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Door Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Door Co. WI General and History Websites

Door Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Door Co. WI Military Records

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