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Pierce County, Wisconsin
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Pierce County, Wisconsin Facts

Pierce County

When was Pierce County, WI Created?
Pierce County was created on February 25, 1858 from St. Croix County. The county was named in honor of Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), President of the United States 1853-1857 .

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

What counties are adjacent to Pierce County, WI?
Bordering Counties are St. Croix County (north), Dunn County (northeast), Pepin County (southeast), Goodhue County, Minnesota (southwest), Dakota County, Minnesota (west), Washington County, Minnesota (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Pierce County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Prescott, River Falls; Towns consist of Clifton, Diamond Bluff, El Paso, Ellsworth, Gilman, Hartland, Isabelle, Maiden Rock, Martell, Oak Grove, River Falls, Rock Elm, Salem, Spring Lake, Trenton, Trimbelle, Union; Villages consist of Bay City, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Maiden Rock, Plum City, Spring Valley.

Pierce County, WI Vital Records

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

Pierce County, WI Census Records

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

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

Pierce County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Pierce County Courthouse

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

  • Pierce County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 414 West Main Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011; Phone: 715.273.3531
  • Pierce 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: 715-273-3531
    • Birth Records: 1870
    • Marriage Records: 1851
    • Death Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1855
  • Pierce 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: 715-273-6752
    • Probate Records: 1875 
  • Pierce 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) 273-3531
    • Court Records: 1854
  • 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

Pierce County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Pierce Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pierce Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Pierce Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pierce Co. WI General and History Websites

Pierce Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pierce Co. WI Military Records

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