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Kewaunee County, Wisconsin Facts

Kewaunee County

When was Kewaunee County, WI Created?
Kewaunee County was created on April 16, 1852 from Door County. The county was named for either a Potawatomi word meaning "river of the lost" or an Ojibwe word meaning "prairie hen", "wild duck" or "to go around" .

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

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

What cities and towns are in Kewaunee County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Algoma, Kewaunee; Towns consist of Ahnapee, Carlton, Casco, Franklin, Lincoln, Luxemburg, Montpelier, Pierce, Red River, West Kewaunee; Villages consist of Casco, Luxemburg.


Kewaunee County, WI Vital Records

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


Kewaunee County, WI Census Records

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

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


Kewaunee County, WI Courthouse and Government Records


Kewaunee County Courthouse

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

  • Kewaunee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 613 Dodge Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216; Phone: 920.388.4410
    • County was attached to Manitowoc County for judicial purposes from 1852–55 and Brown County for judicial purposes from 1855–58. Some early records may be found there.
  • Kewaunee 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: 920-388-7126
    • Birth Records: 1861
    • Marriage Records: 1859
    • Death Records: 1872
    • Land Records: 1856
  • Kewaunee 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: 920-388-7143
    • Probate Records: 1859 
  • Kewaunee 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) 388-7144
    • Court Records: 1858
  • 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

Kewaunee County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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