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Bayfield County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Bayfield County, WI Created?
Bayfield County was created on February 19, 1845 from St. Croix County (originally named La Pointe County, renamed on April 12, 1866).

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

What counties are adjacent to Bayfield County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Ashland CountySawyer CountyWashburn CountyDouglas County.

Bayfield County, WI Vital Records

Where can find Bayfield County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bayfield 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 Bayfield County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Wisconsin Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Application to mail.

Bayfield County, WI Census Records

What Bayfield County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bayfield County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18501860187018801890 (fragment, see below), 1900191019201930 and 1940.

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

Bayfield County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Bayfield County Courthouse

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

See Also Wisconsin Courthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Bayfield County Courthouse

Bayfield County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Bayfield Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bayfield Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Bayfield Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bayfield Co. WI General and History Websites

Bayfield Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bayfield Co. WI Military Records