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Racine County, Wisconsin
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Racine County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Racine County, WI Created?
Racine County was created on December 7, 1836 from Milwaukee County. The county was named after Racine, the French word for root, after the Root River, which flows through the county.

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

What counties are adjacent to Racine County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Milwaukee CountyLake MichiganKenosha CountyWalworth CountyWaukesha County.

Racine County, WI Vital Records

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

Racine County, WI Census Records

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

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

Racine County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Racine County Courthouse

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

Racine County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Racine Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Racine Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Racine Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Racine Co. WI General and History Websites

Racine Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Racine Co. WI Military Records