Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin

FondduLac County

Fond du Lac County was founded on December 7, 1836 from Brown County. The county was named for the French word for "foot of the lake" .

The Fond du Lac County Seat can be found in Fond du Lac and the county government website is www.fdlco.wi.gov/

Bordering Counties in Fond du Lac County include Winnebago County (north), Calumet County (northeast), Sheboygan County (east), Washington County (southeast), Dodge County (southwest), Green Lake County (west).

Populated Places in Fond du Lac County are Cities which consist of Fond du Lac, Ripon, Waupun; Towns consist of Alto, Ashford, Auburn, Byron, Calumet, Eden, Eldorado, Empire, Fond du Lac, Forest, Friendship, Lamartine, Marshfield, Metomen, Oakfield, Osceola, Ripon, Rosendale, Springvale, Taycheedah; Villages consist of Brandon, Campbellsport, Eden, Fairwater, Mount Calvary, North Fond du Lac, Oakfield, Rosendale, St. Cloud.

Fond du Lac 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 Fond du Lac 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 1840 (as Wisconsin Territory), 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

Fond du Lac County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Fond du Lac County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Fond du Lac County Courthouse and Government Records


Fond du Lac County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Fond du Lac 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 Fond du Lac 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 Fond du Lac 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.
  • Fond du Lac County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 160 South Macy Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54936; Phone: 920.929.3000
    • County was attached to Brown County for county and judicial purposes for 1836–39 and 1839–44. Some early records may be found there.
  • Fond du Lac 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: 920-929-3018
    • Birth Records: 1852
    • Marriage Records: 1844
    • Death Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1836
  • Fond du Lac 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: 920-929-3084
    • Probate Records: 1839 
  • Fond du Lac 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: (920) 929-3040
    • Court Records: 1844
  • Fond du Lac 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.

Fond du Lac County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Fond du Lac 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 Fond du Lac County genealogy or family history related sites.

Fond du Lac Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Fond du Lac Co. WI Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Fond du Lac Co. WI Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Fond du Lac Co. WI Census Records

Fond du Lac Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Fond du Lac Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Fond du Lac Co. WI General and History Websites

Fond du Lac Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Fond du Lac Co. WI Military Records

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