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Portage County, Wisconsin
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Portage County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Portage County, WI Created?
Portage County was created on December 7, 1836 from Brown CountyCrawford CountyIowa County and Milwaukee County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Portage County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Marathon CountyShawano CountyWaupaca CountyWaushara CountyAdams CountyWood County.

Portage County, WI Vital Records

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

Portage County, WI Census Records

What Portage County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Portage 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.

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

Portage County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Portage County Courthouse

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

Portage County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Portage Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Portage Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Portage Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Portage Co. WI General and History Websites

Portage Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Portage Co. WI Military Records