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Rusk County, Wisconsin
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Rusk County, Wisconsin Facts

When was Rusk County, WI Created?
Rusk County was created on May 15, 1901 from Chippewa County (originally named Gates County until June 19, 1905).

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

What counties are adjacent to Rusk County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Sawyer CountyPrice CountyTaylor CountyChippewa CountyBarron CountyWashburn County.

Rusk County, WI Vital Records

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

Rusk County, WI Census Records

What Rusk County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Rusk County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 191019201930 and 1940. 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

Rusk County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Rusk County Courthouse

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

Rusk County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Rusk Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rusk Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Rusk Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rusk Co. WI General and History Websites

Rusk Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rusk Co. WI Military Records