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Oconto County, Wisconsin Facts

Oconto County

When was Oconto County, WI Created?
Oconto County was created on February 6, 1851 from Brown County. The county was named for a Native American settlement and the Oconto River, whose name means "plentiful with fish" .

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

What counties are adjacent to Oconto County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Marinette County (northeast), Brown County (south), Shawano County (southwest), Menominee County (west), Langlade County (west), Forest County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Oconto County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Gillett, Oconto Falls, Oconto; Towns consist of Abrams, Bagley, Brazeau, Breed, Chase, Doty, Gillett, How, Lakewood, Lena, Little River, Little Suamico, Maple Valley, Morgan, Mountain, Oconto Falls, Oconto, Pensaukee, Riverview, Spruce, Stiles, Townsend, Underhill; Villages consist of Lena, Pulaski, Suring.

Oconto County, WI Vital Records

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

Oconto County, WI Census Records

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

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

Oconto County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Oconto County Courthouse

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

Oconto County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Oconto County, WI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Oconto 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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Oconto Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Oconto Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Oconto Co. WI General and History Websites

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Oconto Co. WI Military Records

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