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Brown County, Wisconsin
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Brown County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Brown County, WI Created?
Brown County was created on October 26, 1818 from unorganized territory . The county was named in honor of Major General Jacob Brown (1775-1828), a commanding general of the United States Army during the War of 1812.

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

What counties are adjacent to Brown County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Oconto CountyKewaunee CountyManitowoc CountyCalumet CountyOutagamie CountyShawano County.

Brown County, WI Vital Records

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

Brown County, WI Census Records

What Brown County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Brown County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18201830 (as Michigan Territory), 1840 (as Wisconsin Territory), 18501860187018801890 (fragment, see below), 1900191019201930 and 1940.

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

Brown County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Brown County Courthouse

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

Brown County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Brown Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Brown Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Brown Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Brown Co. WI General and History Websites

Brown Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Brown Co. WI Military Records

Brown Co. WI Schools & Directories