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Shawano County, Wisconsin Facts

Shawano County

When was Shawano County, WI Created?
Shawano County was created on February 16, 1853 from Oconto County, Waupaca County and Winnebago County. The county was named for a Ojibwe word meaning "southern" .

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

What counties are adjacent to Shawano County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Menominee County (north), Oconto County (east), Brown County (southeast), Outagamie County (south), Waupaca County (south), Portage County (southwest), Marathon County (west), Langlade County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Shawano County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Marion, Shawano; Towns consist of Almon, Angelica, Aniwa, Bartelme, Belle Plaine, Birnamwood, Fairbanks, Germania, Grant, Green Valley, Hartland, Herman, Hutchins, Lessor, Maple Grove, Morris, Navarino, Pella, Red Springs, Richmond, Seneca, Washington, Waukechon, Wescott, Wittenberg; Villages consist of Aniwa, Birnamwood, Bonduel, Bowler, Cecil, Eland, Gresham, Mattoon, Pulaski, Tigerton, Wittenberg.

Shawano County, WI Vital Records

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

Shawano County, WI Census Records

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

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

Shawano County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Shawano County Courthouse

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

Shawano County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Shawano County, WI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Shawano 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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Shawano Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Shawano Co. WI Military Records

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