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Vilas County, Wisconsin Facts

Vilas County

When was Vilas County, WI Created?
Vilas County was created on April 12, 1893 from Oneida County. The county was named in honor of William Vilas (1840-1908), officer in the Civil War, United States Postmaster General (1885-1888), United States Secretary of the Interior(1888-1889), and Senator from Wisconsin (1891-1897) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Vilas County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Gogebic County, Michigan (north), Iron County, Michigan (northeast), Forest County (southeast), Oneida County (south), Price County (southwest), Iron County (west).

What cities and towns are in Vilas County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Eagle River; Towns consist of Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction, Cloverland, Conover, Lac du Flambeau, Land O' Lakes, Lincoln, Manitowish Waters, Phelps, Plum Lake, Presque Isle, St. Germain, Washington, Winchester.

Vilas County, WI Vital Records

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

Vilas County, WI Census Records

What Vilas County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Vilas County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940. 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

Vilas County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Vilas County Courthouse

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

  • Vilas County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521; Phone: 715.479.3600
  • Vilas 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: 715-479-3660
    • Birth Records: 1889
    • Marriage Records: 1893
    • Death Records: 1889
    • Land Records: 1893?
  • Vilas 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: 715-479-3642
    • Probate Records: 1900? 
  • Vilas 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) 479-3632
    • Court Records: 1900?
  • 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

Vilas County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Vilas Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Vilas Co. WI Military Records

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