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Lafayette County, Wisconsin
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Lafayette County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Lafayette County, WI Created?
Lafayette County was created on January 31, 1846 from Iowa County. The county was named in honor of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (1757-1834), a French general in the American Revolutionary War.

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

What counties are adjacent to Lafayette County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Grant CountyIowa CountyGreen CountyStephenson County, Illinois, Jo Daviess County, Illinois.

Lafayette County, WI Vital Records

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

Lafayette County, WI Census Records

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

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

Lafayette County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Lafayette County Courthouse

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

Lafayette County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lafayette Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lafayette Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Lafayette Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lafayette Co. WI General and History Websites

Lafayette Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lafayette Co. WI Military Records