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Washington County, Wisconsin
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Washington County, Wisconsin Facts

Washington County

When was Washington County, WI Created?
Washington County was created on December 7, 1836 from Brown County and Milwaukee County. The county was named in honor of George Washington (1732-1799), American Revolutionary War leader (1775–1783), and first President of the United States (1789–1797) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Washington County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Fond du Lac County (northwest), Sheboygan County (northeast), Ozaukee County (east), Milwaukee County (southeast), Waukesha County (south), Dodge County (west).

What cities and towns are in Washington County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Hartford, Milwaukee, West Bend; Towns consist of Addison, Barton, Erin, Farmington, Germantown, Jackson, Kewaskum, Polk, Richfield, Trenton, Wayne, West Bend; Villages consist of Germantown, Jackson, Kewaskum, Slinger.

Washington County, WI Vital Records

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

Washington County, WI Census Records

What Washington County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Washington County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840 (as Wisconsin Territory), 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Washington Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington 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

Washington County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Washington County Courthouse

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

  • Washington County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 432 E. Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53095; Phone: 262.335.4400
    • County was attached to Milwaukee County for county and judicial purposes from 1836–45. Some early records may be found there.
  • Washington 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: 262-335-4321
    • Birth Records: 1859
    • Marriage Records: 1846
    • Death Records: 1873
    • Land Records: 1835
  • Washington 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: 262-335-4334
    • Probate Records: 1845 
  • Washington 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: (262) 335-4341
    • Court Records: 1855
  • 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

Washington County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Washington Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Washington Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. WI General and History Websites

Washington Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. WI Military Records

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