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Marathon County, Wisconsin
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Marathon County, Wisconsin Facts

Marathon County

When was Marathon County, WI Created?
Marathon County was created on February 9, 1850 from Portage County. The county was named for Marathon, Greece.

What is the County Seat of Marathon County, WI?
The County Seat is located in Wausau and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Marathon County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Lincoln County (north), Langlade County (northeast), Shawano County (east), Waupaca County (southeast), Portage County (south), Wood County (south), Clark County (west), Taylor County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Marathon County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Abbotsford, Colby, Marshfield, Mosinee, Schofield, Wausau; Towns consist of Bergen, Berlin, Bern, Bevent, Brighton, Cassel, Cleveland, Day, Easton, Eau Pleine, Elderon, Emmet, Frankfort, Franzen, Green Valley, Guenther, Halsey, Hamburg, Harrison, Hewitt, Holton, Hull, Johnson, Knowlton, Maine, Marathon, McMillan, Mosinee, Norrie, Plover, Reid, Rib Falls, Rib Mountain, Rietbrock, Ringle, Spencer, Stettin, Texas, Wausau, Weston, Wien; Villages consist of Athens, Birnamwood, Brokaw, Dorchester, Edgar, Elderon, Fenwood, Hatley, Kronenwetter, Marathon City, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford, Unity, Weston.

Marathon County, WI Vital Records

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

Marathon County, WI Census Records

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

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

Marathon County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Marathon County Courthouse

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

  • Marathon County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 500 Forest Street, Wausau, WI 54403-5568; Phone: 715.261.1000
  • Marathon 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: 715-261-1470
    • Birth Records: 1870
    • Marriage Records: 1861
    • Death Records: 1868
    • Land Records: 1841
  • Marathon 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: 715-261-1261
    • Probate Records: 1851 
  • Marathon 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: (715) 261-1300
    • Court Records: 1849
  • 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

Marathon County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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