Dunn County, Wisconsin
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Dunn County

Dunn County was founded on February 3, 1854  from Chippewa County. The county was named in honor of Charles Dunn, state senator and chief justice of Wisconsin Territory .

The Dunn County Seat can be found in Menomonie and the county government website is dunncountywi.govoffice2.com/

Bordering Counties in Dunn County include Barron County (north), Chippewa County (east), Eau Claire County (southeast), Pepin County (south), Pierce County (southwest), St. Croix County (west), Polk County (northwest).

Populated Places in Dunn County are Cities which consist of Menomonie; Towns consist of Colfax, Dunn, Eau Galle, Elk Mound, Grant, Hay River, Lucas, Menomonie, New Haven, Otter Creek, Peru, Red Cedar, Rock Creek, Sand Creek, Sheridan, Sherman, Spring Brook, Stanton, Tainter, Tiffany, Weston, Wilson; Villages consist of Boyceville, Colfax, Downing, Elk Mound, Knapp, Ridgeland, Wheeler.

Dunn 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 Dunn 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.

Adams County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

Dunn County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Dunn County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Dunn County Courthouse and Government Records


Dunn County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Dunn County court, probate, and land files as a source of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Wisconsin courthouses and archives everywhere are often the dreams and frustrations of countless Wisconsin residents.

The chances are excellent that your forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least some elements of their lives in the Dunn County court records. Even if your ancestors is not discussed in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Dunn 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.

Make sure you get in touch with the clerk's department to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of workers will assist persons in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the particular person to undertake the researching.
  • Dunn County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 800 Wilson Avenue, Menomonie, WI 54751; Phone: 715.232.2429
    • County was attached to Chippewa County for judicial purposes from 1854–56. Some early records may be found there
  • Dunn 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: 715-232-1228
    • Birth Records: 1861
    • Marriage Records: 1858
    • Death Records: 1869
    • Land Records: 1877
  • Dunn 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: 615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie, WI 54751
    • Phone: 715-232-6782
    • Probate Records: 1858 
  • Dunn 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: 615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie, WI 54751
    • Phone: (715) 232-2611
    • Court Records: 1859
  • Dunn County Treasurers Office collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.

Dunn County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Dunn 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. Feel free to provide your own most liked Dunn County genealogy or family history related sites.

Dunn Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Dunn Co. WI Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Dunn Co. WI Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Dunn Co. WI Census Records

Dunn Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Dunn Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dunn Co. WI General and History Websites

Dunn Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dunn Co. WI Military Records

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