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Washburn County, Wisconsin
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Washburn County, Wisconsin Facts

Washburn County

When was Washburn County, WI Created?
Washburn County was created on March 27, 1883 from Burnett County. The county was named in honor of Cadwallader Washburn (1818-1882), Governor of Wisconsin 1872–1874 and Representative from Wisconsin 1867–1871 .

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

What counties are adjacent to Washburn County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Douglas County (north), Bayfield County (northeast), Sawyer County (east), Rusk County (southeast), Barron County (south), Burnett County (west).

What cities and towns are in Washburn County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Shell Lake, Spooner; Towns consist of Barronett, Bashaw, Bass Lake, Beaver Brook, Birchwood, Brooklyn, Casey, Chicog, Crystal, Evergreen, Frog Creek, Gull Lake, Long Lake, Madge, Minong, Sarona, Spooner, Springbrook, Stinnett, Stone Lake, Trego; Villages consist of Birchwood, Minong.

Washburn County, WI Vital Records

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

Washburn County, WI Census Records

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

ashburn 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

Washburn County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Washburn County Courthouse

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

  • Washburn County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 10 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI 54871; Phone: 715.468.4600
  • Washburn 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: 715-468-4616
    • Birth Records: 1883
    • Marriage Records: 1883
    • Death Records: 1883
    • Land Records: 1883
  • Washburn 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: 715-468-4688 
    • Probate Records: 1883 
  • Washburn 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) 468-4677
    • Court Records: 1878
  • 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

Washburn County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Washburn Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washburn Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Washburn Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washburn Co. WI General and History Websites

Washburn Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washburn Co. WI Military Records

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