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Dane County, Wisconsin
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Dane County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Dane County, WI Created?
Dane County was created on December 7, 1836 from Crawford CountyIowa County and Milwaukee County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Dane County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Columbia CountyDodge CountyJefferson CountyRock CountyGreen CountyIowa CountySauk County.

Dane County, WI Vital Records

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

Dane County, WI Census Records

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

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

Dane County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Dane County Courthouse

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

Dane County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)

  • Address: 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703; Phone: 608.266.4121
  • Dane County was attached to Iowa County, 1836–39. Some early records may be found there.

Dane County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Dane Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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