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Columbia County, Wisconsin
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Columbia County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Columbia County, WI Created?
Columbia County was created on February 3, 1846 from Portage County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Columbia County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Marquette CountyGreen Lake CountyDodge CountyDane CountySauk CountyJuneau CountyAdams County.

Columbia County, WI Vital Records

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

Columbia County, WI Census Records

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

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

Columbia County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Columbia County Courthouse

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

Columbia County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Columbia Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Columbia Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Columbia Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Columbia Co. WI General and History Websites

Columbia Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Columbia Co. WI Military Records